Charming city in a peaceful setting, known for the Folsom Lake Recreation Area.


Charming city in a peaceful setting, known for the Folsom Lake Recreation Area.


Nestled within the oak-studded Sierra Nevada foothills, Folsom is an attractive Sacramento County city known for the expansive Folsom Lake Recreation Area.

Folsom Lake is a man-made reservoir containing 11,500 acres of water and 75 miles of undulating shoreline, with swimming beaches, fishing and picnic spots, and marinas. Activities available on the lake include boating and water skiing. The Special Recreation Area surrounding the lake has almost 100 miles of walking, hiking, biking, running, and equestrian trails. These trails vary considerably in length and difficulty, with most between 2 and 10 miles in length. Many provide stunning views over the captivating scenery.

This glorious natural setting is home to a wide variety of plant and animal species, including eagles, hawks, raptors, gray foxes, blacktail deer, racoons, mountain lions, bobcats, and even occasional black bears. The lake’s shore are lines various species of oaks, along with large areas of colorful wildflowers.


Folsom contains numerous gated communities, where residents enjoy a country club lifestyle. Developments such as Diamond Glen offer incredible amenities, including pools, spas, tennis courts, and state-of-the-art fitness facilities.

Much of Folsom’s most desirable real estate is found in areas with incredible views over the lake and other enticing features of the local topography.

This is an area in high demand, with a recent development bringing around 11,000 new homes and apartments to the area south of Highway 50. This master-planned development includes many spacious properties situated on large lots, with attention lavished on every detail inside and outside the home.


Even beyond the Folsom Lake Recreation Area, this is an area with abundant opportunities for exploring the great outdoors. There are more than 30 miles of bike trails within Folsom, cutting through unique terrain including riparian forests and dredge tailings remaining from the California Gold Rush. The American River Bike Trail extends from Sacramento to Folsom Lake.

Folsom also has its own vibrant art and culture scene. Local institutions include Ballet Folsom, FreeFall Stage community theater, Harris Center for the Arts, Hawkins School of Performing Arts, and The Folsom Symphony.

The city’s historic downtown district contains more than 80 shops and restaurants.

Folsom Zoo Sanctuary is a unique local attraction that cares for a variety of wild animal species that were either abandoned by their owners, or injured or orphaned in the wild.


Folsom belongs to the Folsom Cordova Unified School District. The community contains Sutter Middle, Vista del Lago High, and Folsom Middle and High Schools. Schools within Folsom are often ranked among the region’s best, according to API test scores.

Other local educational facilities include the Folsom Lake public community college, belonging to the Los Rios Community College District.

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