NOTICE: The Preserve has reopened 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.
Visitor Center and Trail Hours
Parking, Trails, and Visitor Center is FREE.
Preserve Trails and Boat Launch
Sunrise to Sunset every day of the year.
Parking Lots and Restrooms
Opened weekdays 9am to 5pm. Hours may vary slightly on weekends and holidays.
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.
Interpretive Visitor Center
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.