Description - C.M. Goethe Park is one of Sacramento's oldest county parks. A long central road paralleling the river links you to this 444 acre park's many recreation facilities. Wild turkeys and deer rustle in the grass beneath young oaks, while the bright green, carefully cared-for picnic area is a delicious place to stop for lunch. Baptisms have even taken place in the cool water of the American River in this park.
- C.M. Goethe Park is a welcome stop along the Jedediah Smith Memorial Trail, just across the Harold Richey Bicycle Bridge from William B. Pond Park. The bridge offers a spectacular view of the American River. The park is a common take-out spot for commercial rafting companies and for recreational rafters alike. Horse and hiking trails wind through the park like ribbons of recreational enjoyment. Group picnic sites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. C.M. Goethe Park is also a place where Campfire Boys and Girls camp on property shared with the County of Sacramento.
The park is open year-round from sunrise to sunset. Parking fees are collected 365 days a year, even on special event days and on weekends.
Recreation - The park is ideal for hiking, bicycling, horseback and picnicking.
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.
Take U.S. Highway 50 to the Bradshaw Road off-ramp. Turn right at Folsom Boulevard, then follow the brown-and-white signs to the park entrance on Rod Beaudry Drive.