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Are Dogs Allowed on the Johnny Cash Trail?

5/10/2023 | By Johnny Cash Trail| Johnny Cash Trail

How dog-friendly is Folsom, CA? Folsom is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts, so it's no surprise that the city's bike trails, rivers, lakes, and even some local businesses are just as inviting to dogs as their outdoor-loving owners. If you're planning a dog-friendly day in Folsom, here are some top spots you won't want to miss.

Top Dog-Friendly Activities in Folsom, CA

The best way to spend the day with your pooch in Folsom is to get outside! From Folsom Lake to the Johnny Cash Trail, there are plenty of ways for you and your dog to stay active. 

Folsom Lake

Are dogs allowed at Folsom Lake? At Folsom Lake State Recreation Area, the answer is a resounding yes, with a few caveats.

Dogs are allowed on trails and in the water at Folsom Lake. However, your dog is not permitted at the following swim areas:

  • Black Miners Bar
  • Granite Bay
  • Beals Point
  • Nimbus Flat (swim area or turf area) 

A good rule of thumb for bringing your dog out to swim at Folsom Lake is to remember that designated swim areas are for humans only.  

Stick to non-designated swim areas when looking for a place where your furry friend can cool off.

Johnny Cash Trail

Are dogs allowed on the Johnny Cash Trail? 


The Johnny Cash Trail is a small-but-popular stretch of Folsom's extensive trail network. Stretching from Historic Downtown Folsom out toward the Folsom Dam, past the prison made famous by Cash's 1968 live prison performance, the 2.5-mile length of paved trail is frequently traveled by runners, cyclists, families, and dogs!

This scenic and historic stretch of trail will take you and your dog across the Robbers Ravine wooden bridge, named for the stagecoach-era outlaws who used the area as a hideout, and over the Johnny Cash Overpass Bridge that was modeled after the famous East Gates of Folsom Prison.

To keep your dog safe and ensure the safety of all pedestrians and cyclists on the Johnny Cash Trail, keep your dog on a leash when using the paved bike trail. 

Remember that summer temperatures in Northern CA can soar quickly. If temperatures rise to 85° or higher, the ground may be too hot to walk your dog on the pavement.

Hinkle Creek Nature Area

Are dogs allowed at Hinkle Creek? This 36-acre nature preserve features a stunning trail that wraps around gorgeous trees, wandering through petite pastures and alongside Hinkle Creek. 

Leash up your dog and enjoy a leisurely stroll or energizing jog on the Hinkle Creek trail. The easy loop is approximately 1-mile long.

And keep an eye out for the secret fairy garden!

FIDO Field Off-Leash Dog Park

Does your dog need to get off-leash and socialize? Folsom's FIDO Field off-leash dog park is perfect for a puppy play date. 

"I recently visited Fido Field Dog Park, and I have to say, it's one of the best dog parks I've ever been to! The park is well-maintained and clean, with plenty of space for dogs to run and play. There are separate areas for large and small dogs, which is great for owners who want to make sure their dogs are playing with pups of a similar size."

There are separate areas at FIDO Field for small and large dogs, access to water for pups, and shaded seating areas for their humans. Waste disposal bags are also available, so everyone can ensure the field is kept clean for everyone to enjoy.

FIDO Field is located at ​​1780 Creekside Drive and is open every day except Wednesday from 7 a.m. to one hour after sunset. The park is closed for maintenance each Wednesday.

Before you go: review the park's safety rules and regulations before bringing your pup to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable experience.

Dog-Friendly Eateries in Folsom

Some dogs like to hit the trails, while others are delighted to lounge with you on the patio of a dog-friendly restaurant. If your pooch prefers chasing brunch to chasing balls, Folsom has plenty of dog-friendly eateries, including:

Lazy Dog Restaurant and Grill: 300 Palladio Parkway

The Canyon Grill and Alehouse: 9580 Oak Ave Parkway

Pete's Restaurant and Brewhouse, Folsom: 6608 Folsom-Auburn Rd.

Karen's Bakery and Cafe: 705 Gold Lake Drive

Coffee Republic: 6610 Folsom-Auburn Rd.

Sit, Walk, and Play in Folsom

Whether your pooch prefers to sit at the table, walk on a trail, or play at a park, there are plenty of dog-friendly ways to spend a day in Folsom! PS: We love to see your pups enjoying the Johnny Cash Trail. Be sure to tag us on Instagram in your photos! @johnnycashtrail 

Image credit to @pocket.full.of_sunny and @tailstrailsandtreats on Instagram.