History

CROWN JEWEL OF THE PARKWAY
The Fair Oaks Bluff is the last piece of scenic bluff accessible to the public along the American River Parkway.  Known as "The Crown Jewel of the American River Parkway," the Fair Oaks Bluff offers the most spectacular vista in all of Sacramento County.  The 140-foot cliffs look down on the crystal clear waters of the American River.  A much-photographed ancient blue oak juts out over the bluff.  A vast level plain lies to the south.  The panorama stretches from the snow-capped Sierras to Mt. Diablo.  Each fall, Chinook salmon ascend the American River to spawn, bringing with them flocks of hungry gulls and ducks.   This scenic spot has been enjoyed by residents of the Sacramento Valley and Northern California since the late 1800's.

A PLACE OF PEACE
The Bluff vegetation includes California prairie and a dense blue and interior live oak forest, with a center so peaceful and natural that the surrounding suburban sprawl of eastern Sacramento County can almost be forgotten.  Wildlife and wildflowers abound in this scenic spot. Situated near the bike trail and the historic footbridge in Old Fair Oaks Village, the land is currently inhabited by deer, coyotes, wild turkeys, feral chickens, raccoons, hawks, and opossums. A small seasonal wetland stream winds among majestic heritage oaks and other native plants and trees.

GRASS ROOTS COMMUNITY SUPPORT
Since 1999, a local grass-roots organization
, Citizens to Save The Bluffs, has worked with community members and numerous public and private entities to purchase this land as a beautiful Park/Preserve for future generations to enjoy. We are profoundly grateful that the loan is paid off and the property is secure.  We are continuing to raise money for the Donor Recognition Plaza.   This web site contains photos of the Bluff--but photos truly don't do it justice. Anyone who has ever visited this site has been struck by its incomparable views and natural beauty.   

SaveTheBluffs.org was designed and donated by Marty Maskall.  You can email her or call her at (916) 967-2472.  Updated: 11/2/08


Overhanging Oak (Bob Sours)
The Bluff in the 1890's (Fair Oaks Historical Society)
Deer on the Bluff (Randy Smith)

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