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Discover 7 of the Best Folsom Hiking Trails

5/19/2022 | By Johnny Cash Trail| Johnny Cash Trail

Folsom is home to more than 50 miles of beautiful trails. Whatever type of adventure you’re craving, you can find exciting walks through the city itself, stroll along the river, or take in the coast of Folsom Lake.

Discover seven beautiful hikes in and around Folsom, CA, to inspire you to hit the trail.

7 Local Folsom Trails for Your Springtime Hiking

The Johnny Cash Trail

Call us biased, but we think a walk along the Johnny Cash Trail is the perfect way to start your Folsom hiking adventure. Enjoy 2.5 miles of scenic, oak-tree dotted hills. If you’re looking to spend more time in the great outdoors, the Johnny Cash Trail also connects to the American River Trail and the Folsom Lake Crossing Trail.

Avery’s Pond

Avery’s Pond is a 2.4-mile out and back trail near Folsom State Recreation Area. This easy trail is a popular spot for birding, hiking, and horseback riding. Caution: If you visit this scenic trail, be sure to keep an eye out for poison oak.

Lake Natoma American River Trail

In the mood for a longer hike? The Lake Natoma American River Trail is an 11.5-mile loop that circles Lake Natoma. It’s paved, and dogs are welcome as long as they remain on a leash.

Miner’s Ravine Nature Reserve

Miner’s Ravine Nature Reserve is home to two short loop trails that wind past historical sites and natural beauty. Enjoy learning more about California’s past with this quick half-mile self-guided loop trail.

Humbug Willow Creek Trail

This is a 4.8-mile out and back trail. The Humbug Willow Creek Trail is a paved, urban trail passes several residential neighborhoods before connecting to the American River Bike Trail near Lake Natomas, offering easy access to other local trails.

Pioneer Express

This 11.3-mile out-and-back trail winds along Folsom Lake in Granite Bay. The Pioneer Express trail provides a more moderately-challenging hiking experience and is popular for birding and horseback riding as well.

Brown’s Ravine

A moderately-challenging 13.1-mile out-and-back trail, Brown’s Ravine winds along the shore of Folsom Lake in El Dorado Hills. This popular trail is a great spot to enjoy local wildflowers.

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