Grateful for the American River Parkway

Real Estate Agent

There is a place that I often access within a couple blocks of my home. I continue to regard this special place as a blessing, and a treasure in my life. The American River Parkway spans 23 miles, and covers 4,800 acres, and stretches along the American River, from Old Sacramento to the City of Folsom.

No matter how much mischief life may get into, a little walk, bike ride, or even drive to the Parkway, magically transports to a freer mind. Nature sets the world right once again.

At least once a week, I make certain to take in the serene views of the river, the fauna and flora.  The Parkway is home to deer, coyotes, rabbits, possums, raccoons. Etc.

A couple of days ago, I was able to have a different experience, when hundreds of sheep and goats had been brought in to munch on dry grasses in one section to mitigate wild fire damage.  No two visits to the Parkway are the same. On this visit, I captured this photo of the dog, watching over his "crew," while he comfortably lounged.

This time of year, the salmon are making their run from the ocean, up the American River to spawn.  The Nimbus Fish Hatchery is along the Parkway, and makes for an interesting place to visit.  During spring, summer, and fall, it's not unusual to find rafters and kayakers on the river.  It's peacefully quiet there. And, no motorized boats are allowed on this stretch of the river.  Each season provides special beauty and opportunities to partake. 

American River Parkway

For those in the Greater Sacramento region, or are visiting the area, who want more information about the American River Parkway.  You can visit the American River Parkway Foundation website at:

Posted by

Myrl Jeffcoat ActiveRain Signature

Comments (23)

Aura Alex
Seattle, WA
Retired Real Estate Pro

Hi, Myrl.

It appears that the Parkway has so many fantastic outdoor activities to offer. It'd be a blast to kayak on the American River Parkway and enjoy freshwater fun. Plus, compared to the semi-freezing lakes and Puget Sound waters, it'd be a nice change to have slightly warmer water to kayak in.

Nov 07, 2023 09:42 PM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
The Grit and Gratitude Agent

My sense is each area of the country has unique places to visit, to hike to enjoy Mother Nature and get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Your photo is great!

Nov 08, 2023 04:17 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Myrl. Nature possesses magical powers of creating calmness in the mind if you find the right place to experience it. Had one when I lived in Florida and used to visit often. I can relate. Enjoy your day. 

Nov 08, 2023 04:35 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Myrl Jeffcoat ,

Something you said really resonates with me "Nature sets the world right again." I love that you have a place so close to your house to enjoy and feel rejuvenated! 

Nov 08, 2023 05:15 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

That sounds like a perfect place to visit on a regular basis. I love the dog/goat photo!

Nov 08, 2023 05:38 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Something to be grateful for indeed, Myrl. Couldn't take my eyes off the picture of the dog "supervising" the goats.

Nov 08, 2023 06:26 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Mryl, for this very interesting post.

This is a great resource to share with area residents and visitors.

Nov 08, 2023 09:09 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

Mryl, The American River Parkway may sounds like tranquil park perfect for immerse yourself in nature, making it an ideal escape.

Nov 08, 2023 10:57 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Myrl you are blessed to have the American River Parkway so close to your home and have access to all of it's resources.

Nov 08, 2023 03:31 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Myrl Jeffcoat - I love that image.  But you make such an important point that you never know what to expect so close to your home.  I will bet the American River Parkway is beautiful in every season.  

Nov 08, 2023 04:39 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

John Pusa - Yes, the American River Parkway is one of Sacramento County's wonderful assets.

Debe Maxwell, CRS - I did not approach the dog, but talked to it from a few feet away.  It seemed so gentle and wise.  If you want to watch something amazing, click on this link.  It's to a KCRA (Sacramento station) live copter video of sheep dogs herding goats here in Sacramento.  It's absolutely beautiful:

Nov 08, 2023 05:13 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS

Oh, that is beautiful, Myrl Jeffcoat! The dog was running up beside the herd and instinctively knew a few were breaking from the pack in the back - SMART dog! 

Nov 08, 2023 09:32 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Aura Alex - Yes, the Parkway has a little something for almost everybody.  I love living near it.

Leanne Smith - You are absolutely right about the country having so many special places.  I love road trips, and often marvel at what America has to offer.

Wayne Martin - I have visited Florida, and I agree with you.  I especially loved the Florida Keys.

Dorie Dillard Austin TX - I am often amazed at how quickly calm can be restored when I visit special places in nature.

Nov 08, 2023 05:18 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Kat Palmiotti - When I got out of the car to take this picture, I was amazed that the dog didn't move from his position.  We did a little eye talk with one another, but he never approached.  He was intent on doing his job.

Nina Hollander, Broker - That pooch seemed more intelligent than some people I know.  He kept his post.

Roy Kelley - Yes it truly is a very special resource in our community.

Nov 08, 2023 05:21 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Myrl Jeffcoat hi Myrl... I often feel my dog is more intelligent than lots of people! 

Nov 09, 2023 04:06 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 - Yes, it absolutely is.  Thanks for stopping by to comment.

George Souto - Each season offers special activities on the Parkway.

Sheri Sperry - MCNE® - Yes, the Parkway is always a special place, with each season providing its gifts.

Nov 08, 2023 05:24 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I have visited this area several times when my kids rowed on the river in college. I can see why the goats were needed. They are common place in Washington state in many areas Myrl. 🙂

Nov 08, 2023 09:16 PM
Eileen Burns 954.483.3912
Trans State Commercial Realty Inc. - Fort Lauderdale, FL
FLorida Real Estate Connector

So serene and peaceful.  love nature and your photos😎

Nov 09, 2023 08:05 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Myrl- I agree with Dorie Dillard Austin TX ...nature does have a way of setting the world right again. You've written about the American River Parkway before and it always seems to me that it would be a place that Larry and I would love visiting.  

Nov 09, 2023 04:10 PM
Barbara Michaluk
Weichert Realtors | Phone Direct 240-506-2434 | 301-681-0550 office - Silver Spring, MD
Leisure World Specialist / Full Service REALTOR

Wow! This looks like an awesome place to ride a bike or just go for a stroll.  Nature has a way of calming us and we all need that in our life!!

Nov 10, 2023 05:22 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Friday morning, Myrl. Have a great day and an outstanding weekend.

We have a rainy day in Maryland.

Nov 10, 2023 09:50 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Myrl Jeffcoat  I have seen this photo before, and I know you love going here. It's such a beautiful place to spend your time and enjoy nature.

Nov 10, 2023 07:33 PM