NOTICE: The Preserve is open to the public! Please respect social distancing protocols when using trails and facilities. We recommend you follow state and county guidelines when recreating. Though our M-F hours remain the same as listed below, we are working our hardest to ensure the gates on the weekends and holidays are open. Note, however, that weekend hours may vary slightly. Contact us with any questions or to verify we’re open.
Parking, Trails, Boat Launch, and Visitor Center is FREE.
Parking Lots and Restrooms
Opened every day of the week 8am to 5pm.
Because of staff and volunteer shortages due to COVID-19, hours may vary slightly.
Learn more about the trails HERE.
Learn more about paddling the river HERE.
Dogs are not allowed on or off the leash. Bicycles, scooters, skateboards, or other vehicles are not allowed on trails. Refer to our full list of rules HERE.
*Make sure to bring your own drinking water. There is no fountain or potable water at the Preserve.
Take I-5 South from Sacramento or Elk Grove. Exit on Twin Cities Road. Make a left onto Twin Cities. Turn right onto Franklin Blvd. (just before the train tracks). There will be a parking lot on the right providing access to the Boardwalk Trail. Continue past this parking lot to arrive at 13501 Franklin Blvd, which is the location for both the Visitor Center and trailhead for both trails.
Take I-5 North from Stockton. Take the Walnut Grove Road / Thornton exit (you’ll see a Chevron gas station). Turn right onto Walnut Grove Road, then immediately turn left onto Thornton Road. Continue on Thornton Road, which will turn into Franklin Blvd. The Preserve Visitor Center and parking lot will be on the right side after passing over a long bridge.
Visitor Center is closed temporarily.
The Visitor Center is the focal point for the majority of public access and education at the Preserve. It features a 400 square foot deck with permanent interpretive exhibits displayed both inside and outside the building. The Visitor Center deck and outdoor exhibits are open to the public even when the indoor exhibit room is closed.