The paved Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail follows the American River for 32 Miles. Yet, there are several shorter, well-traveled routes ideal for running. This 4.79 mile loop follows the trail along the River, specifically passing the beautiful Sacramento State University campus. Sacramento State is known to have classrooms, labs, offices, and other facilities nestled in a beautiful urban forest. With over 3,500 trees, the campus owns 300 acres of land.
Starting and ending at the Guy West Bridge, each mile is marked. Water fountains and restrooms are also available periodically along the flat, scenic route.
The trail is also open to cyclists, walkers, and inline skaters. Yet, motor vehicles are prohibited. Parking is available to the left of Howe Ave, next to the River.
While the Guy West Bridge is roughly five miles outside downtown Sacramento, options for public transportation include the yellow Bus-line 30, from J st & 10th St to Carlson Dr & State Univ Drive North.
For a longer route along the American River, start in downtown, at Discovery Park. Running along the water the entire way, this loop is a full 17.71 miles. Along this route you’ll pass Sutter’s Landing Regional Park, the Sacramento State University campus, and Tiscornia Park.