Explore the most popular river trails near Folsom with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

It’s so confusing, followed the trail and we got lost.

My husband and u went riding here and its the best trail so far and it's so beautiful!!I would definitely go here again

This is more of a 'walking'/biking trail, not really what I'd call a hiking trail (Vibram soled boots/shoes not necessary), tennis shoes can be worn. While I have to admit I haven't done the upper part of it, which I assume is the dirt part, mainly just the lower part down by the water which is paved. The so-called 'closed' parts are not really "closed", but concrete barricades have been placed in two places where earth-slides have occurred. However, everyone, bikers & walkers, go over & around these barricades to continue on in either direction without any trouble, other than the inconvenience especially to bikers (you'll have to walk your bike a very short distance at these 2 places). The paved trail along the water is actually very nice for walkers & bikers. You can actually do much more than a 4 mile round trip going from Negro Bar to Hazel Ave. on the paved trail. If you want to avoid $10 parking, start at the Hazel Ave end. Get there by going north on Hazel from Hywy 50, go over the bridge past Nimbus rec area; right on the other side of the bridge, on the right is an entrance to a day use parking area. Walk or bike back to Hazel from the parking area & go back towards the bridge, you'll come to the paved trail; stay left to go towards Negro Bar. Be aware there are rattlesnakes in the area.

Recommend starting from Beals Point or Granite Bay to avoid the congestion of the American River Bike Trail which is also paved and not to my liking. It's a solid 16 mile+ hike BUT... what's not accounted for on this map is that the last mile of your hike is Cardiac Hill to get up to Maidu, read the topo! This is where the elevation comes in, bring plenty of water!

trail running
1 month ago

I love running this trail or taking the dog for a long walk. If you are doing the trail out and back, strongly suggest continuing along Folsom Crossing in front of the dam and picking up the bike trail on the other side of the river and walking the other side back to downtown Folsom. That loop is about 7 miles, tad less, and makes a great loop for hiking or biking.

Fabulous hike! The trail that's closed is open to hikers but closed to bicycles. No problem hiking there and there's beautiful hiking by the shoreline there. Then hike up to the eagle's nest viewing area. Shady, peaceful, nice scenery!

6.38 miles..easy trail. lovely view of river and flowers. circles Folsom Prison. halfway point across the Folsom Crossing is not too pleasant, but the rest is good.

love this trail! it is very nicely done and it is stroller friendly.

trail running
3 months ago

Lots of hills and great scenery. Loved it! Cant wait for the artwork.

hiking
3 months ago

The trail isn't finished yet, so the all trails map is inaccurate. The all trails map is showing two trails connected, the Jedediah Smith trail and Johnny Cash trail. It added another mile and a half to our hike. Not sure if they going to eventually combine the two. The actual Johnny Cash Trail starts in downtown folsom and goes out to folsom dam and back, which is only 3 miles. All in all it was a beautiful walk minus the biker riders.

The trail down at the river is closed due to a rock slide. We started at Norma Hamlin park (free parking) and hiked to the trail using the one above the bluffs. At the fork go left up the hill, along the top of the bluffs and down to Negro bar. Bathrooms and water are avalible. It's a little over 4 miles loop.

hiking
4 months ago

Not much artwork was up when we did this trail. Great for bicycles but on the boring side for hikers. I think once the new trees that they planted grow taller - and when more artwork is added then it could be a better hiking experience.

Looking to do it again in five years - but not going back before then.

Path is paved and level. However, much of this walk is too close to the streets with many cars driving by, so it was loud and not peaceful. Not a repeat for us.

walking
4 months ago

Love the 6.3 miles of this, but glad we started out along the main roads first. Very hard to talk with the cars going by, but the lake and dam are neat to see. Last legs of the hike are much prettier. As always, bikers are not very courteous and act like us walkers/hikers are invading their private trails. Ignore them. Glad we had a camelback with us for water, but this hike isn’t too difficult, just a little longer (which I loved!). No Art installed yet, but looking forward to that in the future.

Nice scenery

on Johnny Cash Trail

5 months ago

So first of all... this art trail isn’t complete just yet, so if you want to check out the fully paved trail and see some of the finished installations then check it out but I will be returning once it’s fully done! ALSO very important to note that the location All Trails sends you to is actually the Folsom city hall building/ parking lot. The actual entrance to the trail is by the Dan Russel Rodeo Arena, where you can easily park. This trail is a loop so there are various other locations where you could begin the trail but there is plenty of parking if you just google map it to the rodeo arena instead. This is a 6.3 mile trail that is VERY bike, stroller friendly and pet friendly. The loop does go around Folsom prison for part of it ... but again if you’re a Johnny Cash fan you’ll understand why that is and why that’s actually pretty cool! Overall a pretty cool trail and we can’t wait for it to finally be finished because it’s pretty darn cool to see them commemorate Johnny cash how they’ve done so far and to see everything else they’re planning on installing!

on Folsom Trail

hiking
5 months ago

Great afternoon walk. We went on a Friday afternoon and while we did see a good number of people biking/ running/ walking, it was by no means busy or crowded.

hiking
6 months ago

Lovely trail for a lovely day.

Easy to Moderate bike / walking trail . Hit Sutter street for a burger and beer after .

Great walk,

trail running
6 months ago

There is a nice trail by the water. You can run by the water. Be sure to bring sunglasses or a hat.

on Johnny Cash Trail

walking
7 months ago

Not interesting at all. It starts at the Folsom Zoo/City Hall, runs alongside Folsom Prison and ends at Folsom Lake. A large part runs alongside busy roads. No art work is up yet. I think it is really a paved path for a gentle walk if you are with kids at the playground or zoo.

Parking is $10. The main trail is closed (which is not posted at the front gate) The only trail that we could find you can constantly hear and see cars. At some points the road is so close you can throw a rock and hit a car. The only "trail" the main gate suggests is a bike trail, so it's paved the whole way. Definitely skip this place if you're looking for a 'moderate hike'.

This place is nice for biking/running/horse trails but definitely not hiking. There is also a really beautiful picnic area by the river.

7 months ago

Nice meander trail with a lot of options to get off the main path and enjoy the lake!

I went out yesterday, just to check this trail out. This trail follows the shoreline. Is there really 2,000+ feet of climbing? Also, if it's 28 miles, r.t., do they let you camp? Not too many hikers are going to do 28 miles in 1 day...

9 months ago

great ride, bikers can be more considerate

It's a fun trail but mostly a bike trail not very walker friendly and not very scenic.... Think it will be more fun when art work is up

Very easy hike

road biking
Monday, July 31, 2017

Can't wait -- Fall 2017 the trail will be finished! They're adding an undercrossing at Prison Road, and the rest of the trail will continue behind the City Hall complex, and there's gonna be a 190-foot wooden bridge with amazing views of the American River and Lake Natoma.

The full trail will be approx 3 miles long, but it will also connect to Historic Folsom District and the American River Parkway trail if you like a longer ride.

Anyone who visited while only phase I was complete should return this fall for a walk, hike, or ride along the fully completed loop. This trail is only getting better and better!

hiking
Saturday, July 29, 2017

The part I did, starting in granite bay was not very strenuous. Scenery was ok, a little confusing about where to go.

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