Sailor Bar

The beautiful Sailor Bar has everything from rock piles to river views to grinding rocks to a gem of a pond.

According to legend, it was named because a sailor jumped ship to stake his claim during the Gold Rush. The rock piles, like those in other American River Parkway areas, are also a Gold Rush legacy. This park also has stark bluffs where miners used hydraulic hoses to scour out the gold. And the pond reportedly was dug to provide water for those hoses.

Today, the park has plenty of trails and varied terrain, from open areas to dense, green ravines. Along the river, you can find grinding rocks in the hardpan, once probably used by the Nisenan to grind acorns.

It is also a popular place for rafting, fishing, horsebackriding and nature watching. It has a launching spot for small watercraft and rafts with a gravel road leading to it.

Directions: From Sunrise Blvd, take Winding way for approximately one mile east of Fair Oaks village. Turn south at the stop sign on Park Avenue. Bear right until it dead-ends into Natoma Avenue. Turn left onto Natoma for two blocks until it makes a sharp left turn and becomes Olive Drive. Continue down the hill to the parking lot on Olive Drive inside the park. There is a $5 park entry fee.

A Sacramento County Parks link to Sailor Bar (with a map) is here.

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