kid friendly

wild flowers

nature trips


dogs on leash





Located at the base of the Sierra foothills, about 25 miles east of Sacramento, the lake and recreation area offers opportunities for hiking, biking, running, camping, picnicking, horseback riding, water-skiing and boating. Fishing offers trout, catfish, big and small mouth bass or perch. Visitors can also see the Folsom Powerhouse (once called "the greatest operative electrical plant on the American continent"), which from 1885 to 1952 produced 11,000 volts of electricity for Sacramento residents. For cyclists, there is a 32-mile long bicycle path that connects Folsom Lake with many Sacramento County parks before reaching Old Sacramento. The park also includes Lake Natoma, downstream from Folsom Lake, which is popular for crew races, sailing, kayaking and other aquatic sports. Summers at Folsom Lake State Recreation Area are generally hot and dry. Dress lightly for high temperatures. Winters can be very cold with lengthy periods of central valley fog conditions. Dress in layers as the damp can bring on a penetrating chill. Spring and fall offer warm days and cooler evenings and nights. The Day Use Annual Pass is accepted at this park.

This is the southern portion of the Lake Natomas loop. Part of it is right along the freeway which is awful but thankfully short lived. The trail is shaded and good for hike and bike.

14 days ago

The trail was beautiful and we had a great time however at the finish, I was taking all of the burrs out of my dogs fur on his legs when I realized he had many, many ticks on him. I had mistakenly thought ticks were more of an issue during the summer months. Fortunately I only had a couple and my daughter had just 1 and all were picked off before we left for home. I'd love to return because it really was a nice hike with ferns flanking us in parts, however I think next time we'll wear white and leave our doggie at home.

Didn't expect the change in elevation nor getting mixed up on the trails but the scenery was beautiful! I recommend going down to the river

29 days ago

Nice short hike, pretty views of the North Fork American River. Pond area has several nice picnic tables around. However, it was pretty muddy in spots, granted rain had been earlier in the week, but some areas do not drain well.

Easy hike but wasn't much of a view

1 month ago

Very nice quit place in nature, clean crisp air, nice little family adventure trek. Dog and baby had so much fun.

Nice easy hike. Lot's of cyclists and dogs off leash.

It's fine... lots of runners, mountain bikers, horses, walkers. Nice that it's close to home. Water levels are always fluctuating. Good place for kids to explore, get dirty and move their bodies.

nature trips
2 months ago

This is a great trail for a easy enjoyable walk. The trail was very green for this time of year and we didn't encounter any other people. lots of picnic tables where you can just sit and enjoy the solitude.

My 3 boys went with me, stopped n watched turtles ate lunch then headed back. Great time!

on Pioneer Express Trail

3 months ago

Easy trail, you can go almost anywhere you want not that the lake is so low.

3 months ago


3 months ago

A good little nature walk

It's beautiful


There are two different trails. I went on the left hand one. It was a short trail