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Best trails in Folsom Lake State Recreation Area

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Looking for a great trail in Folsom Lake State Recreation Area, California? AllTrails has 29 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 18 moderate trails in Folsom Lake State Recreation Area ranging from 2.8 to 20.2 miles and from 164 to 1,010 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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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.

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#1 - Johnny Cash Trail
Folsom Lake State Recreation Area
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Length: 6.3 mi • Est. 3 h 6 m
The Johnny Cash Trail connects the Folsom Lake Trail by way of a new bike/pedestrian over-crossing, beautifully inspired by the architecture of nearby Folsom Prison. With the bike trail infrastructure in place, the City of Folsom plans to create a world-class linear public art experience that will celebrate and honor the legendary Johnny Cash, his music, and his history with the City of Folsom. Along the trail, eight larger-than-life public art pieces will tell the story of Johnny Cash, his connection to Folsom Prison, and his epic musical career. Visitors will have an opportunity to enrich the experience using smartphone apps and audio designed to bring each art piece to life as it incorporates Cash’s music, historical documentary information, and interactive elements.Show more
#2 - Avery's Pond
Folsom Lake State Recreation Area
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 59 m
Avery's Pond is a beautiful pond near the shores of Folsom Lake. Parking Fee: $12Show more
#3 - Lake Natoma Trail
Folsom Lake State Recreation Area
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Length: 11.1 mi • Est. 4 h 45 m
NOTE: Hikers report that this trail is closed until September 25, 2020. The parking lots for this trail has been closed due to COVID 19. Note: There is a $10 entrance fee for vehicles. Show more
#4 - Middleridge Trail
Folsom Lake State Recreation Area
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Length: 2.8 mi • Est. 1 h 21 m
#5 - Darrington Trail
Folsom Lake State Recreation Area
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Length: 15.7 mi • Est. 7 h 15 m
#6 - Red Bank to Brown's Ravine Trail
Folsom Lake State Recreation Area
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Length: 4.8 mi • Est. 2 h 9 m
Scenic dirt trail starts at Mormon Island Cove and ends at the trailhead at the entrance to Brown’s Ravine where there are picnic tables, water and restrooms. Currently no signage exists for this trail. The trail is 3.8 miles out & back, or half that if you have a vehicle waiting for you at Brown's Ravine. The entire trail is within the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area (FLSRA) and is open to pedestrians, bikers and equestrians. Dogs must be on leash. Enter the FLSRA at Sophia Pkwy and Green Valley Rd, or do the trail in reverse by starting at Brown's Ravine. There's a parking lot within the FLSRA (off Green Valley Rd near Sophia Pkwy) which requires a day-use pass. Or you can park for free on Sophia Pkwy (near the AM-PM). Red Bank is the underwater community at Mormon Island Cove that surfaces in times of drought. Many people are mistaken in their belief that Red Bank was the town known as Mormon Island. But Mormon Island was at the confluence of the North and South Forks of the American River - about 1 mile west of Mormon Island Cove. The Mormon Island townsite, which had a population of about 2,500 people in the mid 1850's, is not likely to surface unless the lake were to become completely dry. Six weeks after the initial discovery of gold at Sutter's Mill in Coloma, a small group of Mormons who came to California as part of the Mormon Battalion began mining for gold at a place they would soon call Mormon Island. It was one of the earliest mining camps set up after the initial gold discovery. Red Bank was a smaller community, but had a mine, a winery, and eventually a dairy. It also included a few orchards and ranches nearby. In its heyday, the Red Bank Winery produced 40,000 gallons of wine and 7,000 gallons of brandy every year. During a drought year, many of the structures you can see in the Red Bank area were part of a water distribution system. The Natoma Company was formed in 1851 to provide water to miners and agricultural interests. They used a complex system of canals, ditches and flumes - referred to as the Natoma Ditch. The water was diverted from the South Fork of the American River at Salmon Falls where the company built a dam in 1852. What looks like a former a tree-lined road in Red Bank was actually part of the ditch system. The Natoma Ditch provided water for farms, orchards and vineyards - allowing for permanent settlement of the area.Show more
#7 - Folsom Trail
Folsom Lake State Recreation Area
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Length: 9.2 mi • Est. 3 h 53 m
Note: Users have reported that there are temporary detours in the area. For more information, please see https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=500Show more
#8 - Avery's Pond via the Pioneer Express Trail
Folsom Lake State Recreation Area
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Length: 7.5 mi • Est. 3 h 27 m
The start of the trail is not clearly marked and it costs $12 to enter the park. However, the $12 allows for all day access to Folsom Lake. The equestrian parking lot is reserved for those hauling horse trailers. If driving a standard size vehicle, please leave these limited spots open for those with horse trailers and park elsewhere. The trail is mostly shaded and has lovely wildflowers, butterflies, and caterpillars during the spring. The pond is a sweet spot with plenty of rainbow trout. Show more
#9 - American River Bike Trail and Negro Bar Loop Trail
Folsom Lake State Recreation Area
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Length: 2.8 mi • Est. 1 h 17 m
There is a $10 fee to park at the state park. To learn more about the park see their page here: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=27866 NOTE: As of February 2020, there are partial closures due to mudslides. Show more
#10 - Beeks Bight Nature Area Jedi Trail
Folsom Lake State Recreation Area
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Length: 5 mi • Est. 2 h 13 m
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