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FOLSOM FUN- Cycling Bliss

It’s spring and if your idea of weekend fun revolves around putting pedal to pavement, Folsom is simply the center for cycling bliss.

The city borders the 32-mile American River Parkway, considered the country’s best cycling trail. The well-maintained paved trail is the perfect venue for a family outing or a fast paced workout for Lance Armstrong wannabes.

Catching the American River Parkway trail in Folsom has the added benefit of having all the amenities needed for a perfect outing. This includes quality hotels conveniently located near cycling trails and first-rate bicycle rentals (in case you want to travel light).

An added plus for the family is the American River Parkways itself is bursting with experiences for the entire family from up close visits with nature (watch out for those turkeys!) to interesting historic sites and hands-on learning centers such as the Nimbus Fish Hatchery.

A suggested family cycling itinerary begins by jumping on the American Parkway trail along LakeNatoma just across from the light rail parking lot at the Folsom Premium Outlets. You can pedal north towards historic Folsom and Folsom Dam while enjoying the beauty of the parkway as it meanders along the waterway. Or turn south toward Sacramento and ride to the Nimbus Fish Hatchery, where endangered salmon and steelhead trout are raised for future generations.

Historic Sutter Street, less than a block from the trail, offers fun options such as exploring the city’s past by visiting the Folsom History Museum, enjoying lunch at one of several dining choices or having a picnic under the tall eucalyptus trees at the Historic Folsom Powerhouse. After relaxing awhile, grab the bikes and continue your journey to Beal’s Point on popular Folsom Lake. The American River Water Education Center is located nearby and offers interesting facts about water and massive Folsom Dam. From there, it’s a quick return and downhill ride back to your starting point.

For cyclists who prefer mileage and speed, the American River Parkway trail stretches from Folsom to downtown Sacramento – a 32 mile ride each way. The trail follows the American River and is known for its scenery.

Folsom also has terrain and routes for the serious cycling enthusiasts who giggle at a the thought of a mere 32-mile course. We’ve got you covered, too. Several different routes lead from Folsom into the Sierra Foothills and offer both extreme challenge and enjoyment as some routes can include stops at nearby wineries.

Some of the routes can be found on