nature trips

trail running

dogs on leash


kid friendly

wild flowers


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.

Nice trail with easy/moderate difficulty. During the summer heat, there is some cover but be prepared for many exposed portions to the heat.

7 days ago

Pretty cool cliff areas to jump off if going on a swim but the bikers are very rude.. had two bump into me and almost made me fall then one of them had the audacity to say "watch out" and shake his head as if it was my fault.. I was on the far left btw.

Nice trail. lots of bicycle traffic.

The start of the trail is not clearly marked and it cost $12 to get into the park. However, the $12 does allow all day access to Folsom Lake, pretty nice.
To find the trail to Avery's Pond it's best to park in the equestrian parking. The trail is, for the most part, shaded and this time of year has lovely wildflowers, butterflies, and caterpillars. The pond is a sweet spot with plenty of rainbow trout. Overall very nice.

Love the trail. I live right by it and walk/hike/bike it all the time. This spring is a bummer, all the rains brought poison oak and ticks galore!

Beautiful views.

25 days ago

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1 month ago

Best place to fish caught 8 fish today only bad thing is all the horse poop it's every where