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Dam its a Dam. Big holds back water, Walking trails along road, BUT NOT ON STRUCTURE. For security... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Mepps W
El Dorado Hills, California
Folsom Dam an Impressive Structure

This dam was built in 1956, and it's primary purpose was to prevent flooding of the American River... read more

Reviewed November 12, 2017
Granite Bay, California
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“bike trail”(4 reviews)
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Dam its a Dam. Big holds back water, Walking trails along road, BUT NOT ON STRUCTURE. For security reasons

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Mepps W
Reviewed December 22, 2018

Beware that one can drive past it and park in the nearby trails to bike or walk past it. It is not like the traditional state dams where one can park in a parking lot and walk near it to view. You cannot with this...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank hotislandgal
Reviewed June 29, 2018

Nice view, nice lake above the dam. Nothing super special here. Johnny cash bike trail was really nice and a good way to see the dam.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank BRIAN22Algonquin
Reviewed February 20, 2018 via mobile

Something to do, but definitely not a must. Rather, just schedule an activity that requires a drive past. Nice to look at but not worth the time to schedule a special visit.

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank InnoAvenue
Reviewed November 12, 2017

This dam was built in 1956, and it's primary purpose was to prevent flooding of the American River in the Sacramento community. It's done its job very well, although there's been a couple of close calls (like 1986) when the volume discharged almost breached the...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank porsche74s
Reviewed November 8, 2017

Folsom Dam is an imposing structure and an engineering feat. There is a trail that allows you to walk quite close to the spillway, making for an excellent trek. Only and average rating, because there is not much to see. Many folks enjoy taking bikes...More

Date of experience: October 2017
1  Thank Vince F
Reviewed September 20, 2017

A great way to view the dam is to park in the strip mall at Auburn Folsom Rd. & Folsom Crossing Rd. Walk across Auburn-Folsom Rd. and you can walk the entire width of the dam for a bird's eye view of the dam and...More

Date of experience: March 2017
2  Thank Donna H
Reviewed June 10, 2017 via mobile

Park next to the American River water Education Center. Then walk across the bridge call Folsom Dam Crossing. It's a far more interesting seeing if the dam is spilling water. But to be clear , it is impossible to visit this damn close up. This...More

Date of experience: April 2017
1  Thank 7,268
Reviewed April 10, 2017

Of course, up close is relative. It's still a bit of a distance from the bike trail, but at least you can take your time having a look. From the road, you can't stop, so it's just a drive by. If you like looking at...More

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank Mike1010
Reviewed March 13, 2017

Nice site. More impressive around rainy season (when there is rain from October to March) as they let water out into the American River. No real way to stop on the road nearby as it is a 55 mph road with no shoulder. You can...More

Date of experience: February 2017
1  Thank Sean M
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