Whether you’re training for your next race or are just wanting to enjoy the scenes of Sacramento as you exercise, Sacramento is the perfect place for runners of any skill set due to its wide variety of trails. Here are a few scenic trails you can embark on next time you go on a run in Sacramento.
Capitol Park Loop Trail
This centrally located 1.1 mile loop runs around the perimeter of the California State Capitol building. The area surrounding the Capitol is typically filled with runners on their lunch break or after work.
The American River Bike Trail (Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail)
The Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail, more commonly known as American River Parkway, runs for 32 miles from Discovery Park in Old Sacramento to Beale’s Point near Folsom Lake. The completely paved trail, which is mostly flat with a bit of rolling terrain, welcomes runners of all skill sets. For those running a marathon in the future, the Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail is great for marathon race training as it is the destination for many local races.
Looking to get a quick run in? This one-mile decomposed granite path runs along the perimeter of McKinley Park, offering views of the iconic rose garden, duck ponds, and tennis courts.
William Land Park
This paved 3.61 mile loop located right outside Downtown Sacramento offers plenty of shade through Sacramento’s largest park. As you make your way through William Land Park, you will see familiar Sacramento landmarks such as the Sacramento Zoo, Fairytale Town, Funderland, and the William Land Park Golf Course.
Join a Running Club
Running doesn’t have to be lonely! There are plenty of running clubs for both youth and adults to join here in Sacramento. For a list of Sacramento running clubs, visit the Sacramento Running Association website.