American River at Fair Oaks Bridge Jan 2016 #27

Old Fair Oaks Bridge and the American River in February

American River at Fair Oaks Bridge Jan 2016 #1On my last trip to Sacramento, I had an afternoon off, so I headed out to the American River, one of two rivers that flow through town.  Once upon a time, what seems a lifetime ago, I used to live here in Sacramento, very close to here.

The centerpiece of the park is the Old Fair Oaks bridge.  It was built between 1907 – 1909 at a cost of just $63,000.

American River at Fair Oaks Bridge Jan 2016 #27

Once an important link to Sacramento for the citrus farms on the other side of the river, nowadays it is a pedestrian and bicycle-only bridge.

American River at Fair Oaks Bridge Jan 2016 #21

On the north side of the bridge are the Fair Oaks bluffs.

American River at Fair Oaks Bridge Jan 2016 #22

A short hike takes you up to the top of the bluffs, one of the few elevated places in flat Sacramento.  You can actually see some of the city from here.

American River at Fair Oaks Bridge Jan 2016 #12

The view of the bridge from up on the bluff is rather spectacular, too …

American River at Fair Oaks Bridge Jan 2016 #13

It’s important to note there is no fencing or anything to anyone from falling off the bluff – so do not bring your rambunctious toddler here.

American River at Fair Oaks Bridge Jan 2016 #10

The trail to the top is not very long at all  and ends quite abruptly.

American River at Fair Oaks Bridge Jan 2016 #15

Obviously, this is a favorite party place for youngsters.

American River at Fair Oaks Bridge Jan 2016 #18

There is much more to this park besides the bridge and the bluffs; there is a lot of river access on the south side of the river.   In the fall, you can find salmon migrating up the river to spawn.

American River at Fair Oaks Bridge Jan 2016 #20

One of the best things about Sacramento is the bike path which travels virtually the entire length of the American River.

American River at Fair Oaks Bridge Jan 2016 #29

If you are ever visiting Sacramento, be sure to spend some time visiting the American River.

American River at Fair Oaks Bridge Jan 2016 #27So long from the American River in Sacramento!

Be Sociable, Share!