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.

Easy hike but wasn't much of a view

9 days 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
25 days 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

1 month ago

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


2 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

It is easy to hike but don't try to hike down the pond. It is a little hiking to get back up if you do.

Good trail allot of up and downs should be a medium trail no real good parking.

Tics everywhere. Pulled about 8 off my dog. Not worth the hike.

Amazing trail. I would say it's harder than moderate though. My horse and I are avid trail riders and this trail surely pushed us. Great access to water and lots of wildlife. My only complaint is the directions on this site are incorrect. You cannot stage your trailer in the del labor gated community. You have to go to lomita and continue to the sterling pointe staging area.