The American River Parkway flourishes with life and opportunity. Sacramento area residents are extremely lucky to have such immediate access to the grounds that offer extensive pleasures from Folsom to Rancho Cordova, Carmichael, Sacramento and beyond. For a few dollars a day passes can be purchased at all times throughout the year. Annual passes are also available and can provide considerable savings to those who frequent the parkway more than a dozen times a year.
The following official access points follow the river from county to county: Ancil Hoffman Park, Discovery Park, Howe Avenue River Access, Paradise Beach, River Bend Park, Rossmoor Bar, Sacramento Bar, Sailor Bar, Sarah Court, Upper and Lower Sunrise Recreation Areas, Waterton and S.A.R.A accesses, Watt Avenue Access, William B. Pond Recreation Area, and Effie Yeaw Nature Center. These river access points represent the "jewel of Sacramento" and a 23 mile stretch of the American River where more than five million people visit annually. Sacramento treasures its jewel and uses it with joy for a variety of reasons.
Bike trails, fishing, boating, walking, dog walking, horseback riding, photography, picnics, education, guided tours, swimming and even golfing are all activities that can be enjoyed in the extensive regional park lands primarily accessible off of Highway 50. A visit on sunny days can often find families having their portraits taken with beautiful blue water and skies or natural tree and plant life that grows along the riverside and between the trails and bike paths. Every season has its special joys and beauties. You can discover some of the top expected encounters on the American River Parkway at the list with photos below.