Description - Welcome to the Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail, offering the best trail access in the Sacramento area. Thirty-two miles long, this miniature road winds from Folsom to downtown Sacramento, paralleling the American River and stopping at many key places along the way. Listen for the call of a wild coyote, taste and smell fennel and picnics, and watch the scenery, people and animals go by. Like Jedediah Smith, the famous explorer, you are discovering lands new to you. The singing of your bike tires or your in-line skate wheels on the pavement seem to say.
- Activities along the Trail System are what you make them. Hiking, horseback riding, cycling, inline skating, jogging and strolling are some of the more popular American River Parkway activities. The Trail is a very popular, healthy, environmentally sound alternative for commuting to work. Visitors often combine their Trail activities with shopping or eating, while others enjoy fishing or picnicking beneath a shady tree. Opportunities for nature-gazing and historical points of interest also await alongside the trail. Equestrian access to the paved trail surface is allowed only at trail crossings and bridges.
Bicyclists, walkers, joggers and in-line skaters should learn the rules of trail courtesy. Those on foot should stay on the right left "soft" shoulder; while bike riders and inline skaters should stay on the asphalt path, to the right of the yellow line. Passing should only be done on the left, with a verbal warning, like "on your left". A 15 mph speed limit is enforced. Horses are not allowed on the paved trail surface except at trail crossings and bridges. Please yield to horses whenever they are encountered.
An equestrian trail is also maintained along the Parkway, which essentially parallels the Trail. Equestrian staging areas and water troughs are also available.
The park is open year-round from sunrise to sunset. Parking fees are collected yearlong. Self-payment is required if no fee collector is present.
Recreation - The Trail is a wonderful way to recreate: hike, fish, bike, picnic, enjoy scenery, skate, or horseback ride.
Climate - A generally warm, dry climate prevails in the Central Valley; it is hot in the summer, mild in the winter. Precipitation in the region falls mainly from October through April. Winter temperatures tip well below freezing producing frost, however, snow is very rare. Summer temperatures above 100 degrees F are part of the normal pattern.
The Trail can be accessed from most parks in the American River Parkway and from parks in Folsom.