Folsom South Canal Recreation Trail


Folsom South Canal Recreation Trail Facts

States: California
Counties: Sacramento
Length: 14 miles
Trail end points: American River Bike Trail at Gold Country Blvd. and Nimbus Rd. (Gold River) and Sloughhouse Rd. (southwest of Sloughhouse)
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Canal
ID: 6441959
Trail activites: Bike, Inline Skating, Walking

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Folsom South Canal Recreation Trail Description

The Folsom South Canal Recreation Trail provides a useful connection from southeast Sacramento County to the American River Bike Trail. The canal was constructed in the 1970s as part of the Central Valley Project and is operated by the federal Bureau of Reclamation. The trail includes 14 miles of the adjacent paved access road from Nimbus Dam to Sloughhouse Road.

Trail users should be aware that the trail entrances are unmarked as such; trust the open gates as the only indication of the trail's path. Use caution at the street crossings, many of which are unimproved and carry high-volume and high-speed traffic. A pedestrian signal has been installed at Sunrise Boulevard to improve crossing there. The trail is exposed and will be hot much of the summer, so be prepared with plenty of water and sun protection.

Parking and Trail Access

Parking for the Folsom South Canal Recreation Trail is available in the north at the Fish Hatchery on Nimbus Road and farther south at a large park and ride lot on Jackson Road (State Route 16) just west of Sunrise Boulevard.

Folsom South Canal Recreation Trail Reviews

I rode out to the Sloughhouse Road end of this trail and the gate was closed and had no trespassing, loitering signs, and barbed wire on either side of the gate. This trail wasn't open on July 9 at 12:30 p.m. I recently moved to this area so I am not familiar with the local trails or distances. The thing I don't understand is why a US Interior property (property of US citizens), built with US taxpayer money, that is paved on both sides isn't open to biking, hiking, roller bladeing, isn't open on both sides the entire length of the canal. I understand why it is gated, to keep cars and road traffic off it. I don't understand why it has barbed-wire on either side of the gate - gates. Admittedly it's not a great trail due to its lack of cover. Although sun worshipers and people looking to be out in the almost daily sunshine we have here would love it. I was really disappointed that I couldn't access the trail.

I have rode this trail a number of times starting at Jackson Highway and Sunrise (ample parking and good access to trail). I like the straight shot that it provides all the way to Sunrise which allows you to get your speed up and the Mather Airfield ride is a good diversion. I rated it a three because it is not well maintained; asphalt is seriously cracked and crumbling increasing the chances for flats.
It is windy most of the time but not much bike traffic. Overall, I prefer this ride over the AR bike trail just because it is less congested.

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