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Delta Meadows State Recreation Area

Delta Meadows Trail
2 miles round trip

Tucked in the well-watered tail of Sacramento County near the Moke¬lumne and Sacramento rivers, Delta Meadows State Recreation Area offers a quiet place to hike and canoe. The sleepy backwaters here attract anglers, houseboaters, and those who just like to sit back and watch the river flow.

Close to the park is the historic hamlet of Locke, built in 1915 by Chinese workers who worked on the regions, farms, railroads and extensive levee system.

Directions to trailhead: From Interstate 5, some 20 miles south of Sacramento, exit on Twin Cities Road and travel 5 miles west to intersect County Road E-13. Turn south and drive 2.5 miles to the hamlet of Locke (0.5 mile north of Walnut Grove). Just before the road crosses Cross Channel Bridge, turn left. Make another left onto the park’s dirt road and proceed a short quarter mile to a primitive boat launch on the right. Parking is along the edge of the park road.

The hike:
The undeveloped park is a narrow corridor of land alongside Railroad Slough. Lively otters, beavers and muskrats inhabit the slough and shores. Along the banks of the slough grow oaks, cottonwood and tules. Scads of trailside blackberries offer a summertime treat.

The park’s dirt road follows an former railroad grade a bit more than a mile through the park. A footpath parallels the road and extends alongside Railroad Slough.

© 2012 The Trailmaster, Inc.
From John McKinney’s
Day Hiker’s Guide to California’s State Parks
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