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Folsom – Lake

Located at the base of the Sierra foothills, 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 smallmouth bass or perch. 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.

Folsom Lake State Recreation Area is located in the Sierra-Nevada foothills about 25 miles east of Sacramento, can be reached via either Highway 50 or I-80. Both Folsom Lake and Lake Natoma have many access points and entrances.

There are several cities and towns that surround Folsom Lake. On the east side, you have Loomis, on the west side is Granite Bay and on the south side is El Dorado Hills and Folsom. Folsom may sound familiar for it is known for Johnny Cash and Folsom Prison. The historic main street is lined with charming old buildings that house shops and restaurants. There are educational signs posted here and there with information on the history of the area. There’s also a museum run by the Historical Society and a railroad museum around the corner on Wool Street at the train depot. At Christmas time, Don’t miss the ice skating rink. Whether you are grabbing a bite to eat, a drink or listening/dancing to live music at one of the bars, it’s always a good time.

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