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Hit the Trails in Folsom

You don’t have to be hardcore to enjoy Folsom’s vast trail network. With trailheads and access points throughout the region, how long and far you go is up to you. But with views around every corner, you may surprise yourself!

Folsom Hiking and Running Trails

Folsom is full of surprises. It’s a city with over 95 miles of trails, many within easy access of Folsom’s most popular areas. Find trailhead access around the corner from a brunch spot, steps from the library, and minutes from your hotel.

Go for a mile or 10 and never pass the same spot twice. Stop for a coffee along the way, savor the views of Folsom Lake from a shady bench, or go for a swim. Or all of the above!

Whether you prefer the smooth surface of a paved path or the simplicity of a dirt trail, both are in plentiful supply in Folsom.

Purple Flower field on the shore of Folsom Lake

The Folsom Lake State Recreation Area features the 32-mile paved Folsom Lake Trail along with several dirt trails around the lake, including Beal’s Point, Granite Bay and Humbug-Willow Creek.

An iconic trail not to miss is the American River Bike Trail (AKA the Jedidiah Smith Memorial Trail), a 32-mile trail connecting Folsom to Sacramento along the American River.

Looking for a historic rail trail experience?

You’ll find that here, too. The Folsom Rail Trail (6.5 miles) follows the path of the historic Sacramento Northern Railway. It’s open to hikers, walkers, and cyclists.

The Johnny Cash Trail is a 2.75 mile Class I bike and pedestrian trail that winds west toward the Folsom Historic District and east toward the Folsom Lake Crossing Trail. The trail has two beautiful bridges inspired by the local landscape including the architecture found at nearby Folsom State Prison. The trail is a popular outdoor recreation enthusiast destination for walking and biking and local wildlife and inspiring scenery can be viewed throughout the trail. The City of Folsom is currently advocating for and fundraising to install a world-class linear public art experience that will celebrate and honor the legendary Johnny Cash, his music, and his history in the City of Folsom.

And with 30 more miles of trails planned as part of the Folsom Master Plan, watch this space, as we’ll have more to share soon.