Please check our Updates page for current updates on trail conditions, sandhill cranes, and directions.
Parking, Trails, Boat Launch, and Visitor Center is FREE.
Parking Lots and Restrooms
Opened every day of the week, including holidays, from 9am to 5pm. Because of staff and volunteer shortages, 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 Bruceville (the first right after the train tracks). Take Bruceville all the way until it dead ends into Desmond Road. Once you have turned right on to Desmond Road you will take it all the way back to Franklin Blvd. Please note the only a small section of Franklin Blvd is closed! Once on Franklin 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.
The Visitor Center is Open on Weekdays 9am-3pm
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.