General Contact Number: (530) 621-5567

Parks and Trails

Image of the El Dorado TrailEl Dorado County Trail   

The County is actively developing this trail within the old Michigan/California Railroad right-of-way. The old railroad ran from Placerville east through Smith Flat and up to Camino. The first 2 miles of this trail corridor through Placerville has been developed by the city and is used by many residents and visitors. The county constructed a trailhead in Smith Flat and a bridge over Highway 50 that allows trail users access to another 4 miles of trail to Los Trampos in Camino Heights. A new section of the trail is scheduled for construction from Los Trampas Drive to Halcon Road in the fall of 2018.  The trail is proposed to continue with the new Camino interchange which trail will connect to the National Pony Express Trail Route and the proposed Sacramento-Placerville Rail Trail, which ultimately links the communities of South Lake Tahoe and the Sacramento Valley region.

Western El Dorado County offers many bike opportunities for visitors and locals.  Click here to get more information on El Dorado County bike routes.

 

 News and Upcoming Events:

  • El Dorado Trail - El Dorado County will be completing maintenance on the El Dorado Trail from Missouri Flat to the trestle bridge on Monday, July 15th. During this time, the section of trail from Missouri Flat Road to the bridge will be closed. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. The trail will reopen on Tuesday, July 16th.

  • El Dorado Trail - El Dorado County will begin construction on the El Dorado Trail from Missouri Flat Road to the town of El Dorado beginning June 10th, 2019 and continuing through November 2019. During this time, the natural trail in this area will be closed. Please click here for more information. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

  • El Dorado Trail  - the new Class 1 section from Los Trampas Drive to Halcon Road is now OPEN.  For questions or concerns, please contact staff at (530) 621-5900, option 3.

  • Western Placerville Interchanges Project - This project includes the US Highway 50 eastbound off ramp to Ray Lawyer Drive, local road improvements to Forni Road and Ray Lawyer Drive, pedestrian facilities and the connecting of two segments of the El Dorado Trail Class I Bike Path.  Construction has begun and is anticipated to continue over the next two years.  When the construction schedule requires trail closures, public notices will be posted on the trail as well as on the Parks Division web site.  The project remains on schedule for completion by Summer 2019. Please see the Construction Updates listed below for more information.
  • Please be advised that beginning April 29th, 2019, the intersection of Forni Road and Ray Lawyer Drive will be closed.  The El Dorado Trail will also be closed within the Stage 2 construction limits and there will be no access to Forni Road or Ray Lawyer Drive from the East. 

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