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 27 great hiking trails, 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 15 moderate trails in Folsom Lake State Recreation Area ranging from 2.8 to 20.2 miles and from 164 to 935 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description
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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Map of trails in Folsom Lake State Recreation Area
Park information
Mailing address
Folsom Lake State Recreation Area
Folsom Lake State Recreation Area 7755 Folsom-Auburn Road
Folsom, CA 95630
Contact
916-988-0205
Top trails (27)
#1 - Avery's Pond
Folsom Lake State Recreation Area
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Length: 2.7 mi • Est. 1 h 15 m
This trail is experiencing full or partial closure (parking lot and bathrooms) due to COVID-19. Avery's Pond is a beautiful pond near the shores of Folsom Lake. Show more
#2 - 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 infrastructureShow more
#3 - Lake Natoma Trail
Folsom Lake State Recreation Area
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Length: 11.1 mi • Est. 4 h 45 m
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 - Darrington Trail
Folsom Lake State Recreation Area
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Length: 15.7 mi • Est. 7 h 15 m
Darrington Trail is a 15.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near El Dorado Hills, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity optShow more
#5 - Middleridge Trail
Folsom Lake State Recreation Area
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Length: 2.8 mi • Est. 1 h 21 m
Middleridge Trail is a 2.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Fair Oaks, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is acShow more
#6 - 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 hShow more
#7 - Folsom Trail
Folsom Lake State Recreation Area
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Length: 9.2 mi • Est. 3 h 53 m
Folsom Trail is a 9.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Folsom, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is beShow more
#8 - American River Bike Trail: Hazel Ave to Fair Oaks Bridge
Folsom Lake State Recreation Area
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Length: 5 mi • Est. 2 h 6 m
The American River has a paved trail from it's confluence with the Sacramento River and Beale's Point at Folsom Lake. There are numerous dirt hiking trails and several access points with picnic areasShow more
#9 - Pioneer Express Trail
Folsom Lake State Recreation Area
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Length: 14.1 mi • Est. 6 h 48 m
Note for those bringing horses: 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.Show more
#10 - 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 traiShow more
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