Whether you are training for your next marathon, or just want to enjoy the scenic beauty of Northern California, you are in luck. The best running locations in Sacramento will carry you near lakes, rivers, through shaded woods, and past gorgeous vineyards. Runners from every skill level can choose from an easy 3 mile run, or go all out for 30-plus miles. While you train for your next local race event, lace up and head out to one of Sacramento’s best running trails.
William Land Park
The three mile trail at William Land Park is good for runners of all skill levels. The trail offers plenty of shade as you wind through the city’s largest park. Begin in front of the zoo, and wind around the fishing pond, golf course, and ball fields. Bathrooms and water fountains are available. William Land Park is located less than 5 miles from downtown Sacramento, via I5-S. Exit Sutterville road, and drive to W. Land Park Drive.
American River Trail
The Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail, or American River Parkway, runs for 32 miles from Discovery Park in Old Sacramento to Beale’s Point on the southwestern bank of Folsom Lake. Runners of all skill levels can hit their stride for as many of the 32 river-adjacent miles as they’d like. The completely paved two-lane trail welcomes runners a shaded route that is mostly flat, with a bit of rolling terrain. The American River Parkway trail runs along the eastern bank of the Sacramento River, and offers places to eat, restrooms, water fountains, mile markers, and trailside maps along the way. The American River Parkway trail is perfect for marathon race training. You can join the trail in Old Sac, Discovery Park, Ancil Hoffman Park, Arden Bar, Watt Avenue, Howe Avenue, CSUS, Cal Expo, at Nimbus Fish Hatchery, Hazel Avenue, in Folsom at Negro Bar or at Beale’s Point.
Lake Berryessa Blue Ridge Trail
Homestead-Blue Ridge Trail is for serious trail runners. The entire loop is only 5.1 miles, but the terrain is steep with rocks, boulders, and stairs. If you can take the difficult rating, the payoff is a breathtaking view of Lake Berryessa, and a great leg workout. There is no water on site, so be sure to bring plenty for the run and leave some extra in your car. Wear long pants and watch for poison ivy along the narrow trail. The Homestead-Blue Ridge trail is less than an hour outside Sacramento, near Winters. Take I-80W to CA-128W to reach Lake Berryessa.
Clarksburg Branch Line Trail
A quiet and scenic 3 mile trail, the Clarksburg Branch Line will take you past a pond and flowering fields near the Sacramento River. The small trail stretches through the back roads of the sleepy small town past grape vineyards in West Sacramento. The entire trail runs a tad over three miles, and earlier this year the city opened a newly paved 1.25 mile path from Southport Town Center including Nugget Market and Target, and runs north to South River Road. The completed area of the Clarksburg Branch Line Trail provides a paved walkway, signage, and connector trails. The remainder of the trail is crushed concrete.
Miners Ravine Trail
Roseville is home to Miners Ravine Trail, a 7.5 mile trail that is excellent for runners of all skill levels. Stretching along the city of Roseville through Miners Ravine and Dry Creek, the trail will take you through a wooded greenway, past businesses, neighborhoods and Downtown Roseville. Accessible year round, the scenic trail feels secluded despite the close proximity to Roseville landmarks such as the UA theaters and sculpture park. A flat and easy terrain, Miners Ravine Trail has many access points from Roseville to northern endpoint along Sierra College Blvd. Access the trail at Sierra College Blvd., Folsom Rd., Royer Park, Darling Way, Heald College (parking permit may be required), and at the back end of the shopping plaza along Sunrise Ave and E. Roseville Parkway (look for the large rose sculpture).
Sacramento is home to plenty of running trails that offer everything from an easy, scenic pace to a challenging marathon-lengthrun. No matter your skill level, there is a trail near by that can elevate your running game. When you want to take your personal run to the next level, sign up for one of our run training programs; the combination of road, technique training, and in-club training will help you finish strong at your next race. The best running locations in Sacramento and the best training programs at CalFit are everything a local runner needs for success.