Description - Sacramento County Parks offer visitors over 11,000 acres of fabulous open space and recreation habitat. There are regional parks, boat launches, American and Sacramento River accesses, and golf courses waiting to be enjoyed. Opportunities for learning abound. The Effie Yeaw Nature Center, Sacramento's award-winning natural world learning center for kids and adults alike, and the McFarland Ranch House, both provide tours of protected wildlife habitats, instructions in nature studies for individuals, small groups and large classes and schools, a zoo of creatures that you can view up close, and knowledgeable staff that can answer all of your questions about the plants, animals and ecology of the American River Parkway. One of the missions of Sacramento County Parks is to ensure and provide open space recreation for the community's enjoyment. Large tracks of available land open to the visitor include the American River Parkway, Mather Vernal Pools, Ancil Hoffman, Elk Grove and Gibson Ranch Parks and more.
- Whether you enjoy include fishing, hiking, rafting or birding, you will find it and much more at Sacramento County Parks. The American River Parkway is 23 miles of protected greenbelt that cuts in half the county at the American River. The Parkway is home to many wild creatures, there is a 20+ mile paved bicycle and running trail, many rest areas, and access from most neighborhoods adjacent to the river parkway. Elk Grove Park in the southern county, and Gibson Ranch in the northern part of the county also provide a wide range of activities and services. The fun continues further south along the Sacramento River and Delta with boating and personal access at Georgiana Slough and Hogsback Access. The County of Sacramento also provides the greater Sacramento area with three professional 18 hole golf courses - Ancil Hoffman Golf Course in Carmicheal, Cherry Island Golf Course in the northern section of the county in Elverta, and Mather Field Golf Course, located in Rancho Cordova. This unique combination of recreational resources make Sacramento County Parks a magnet for outdoor enthusiasts.
Recreation - Activities within the County Parks system include fishing, hiking, running, bicycling, rollerblading, swimming, rafting, kayaking, birding, wildlife viewing, playing fields, ball parks, swimming pools, an archery range, and much more.
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 regional parks are scattered throughout the County of Sacramento.