The Oak Nature Trail

EASY 1 reviews

The Oak Nature Trail is a 1.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Pilot Hill, CA that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.6 miles 75 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips




wild flowers


Take an interpretive walk along Folsom Lake to learn about the plants and animals in the area If you are looking for an easy hike with great views of the lake and a wonderful introduction to the area's plants and animals this is the hike for you. As you walk along the trail look out for the many interpretive stops, each of which explain an important element that helps make up this wonderful area. Learn about the Galls on the giant oak trees, creatures of the night, native birds, acorns, scrub jays, and a lot more. This hike has parking lots on each end and a scenic picnic area at the trailhead where you can enjoy lunch as you look out on the lake from the comfort of the shade.

6 years ago

This hike was PERFECT in autumn, especially for photographers. The air was crisp and the leaves were bright red and covering the path. There were nice interpretive signs along the path explaining the animals, plants, and the area, which was cool to learn about.

The lake was pretty low this time of year, but I loved the walk through the trees and taking pictures of the oaks and fallen leaves.