Outdoor Outings

Outdoor Outings

in Folsom & El Dorado Hills

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Many of the fall seasonal outings have petting zoos, pony rides, or other animal exhibits as well.

Folsom City Zoo Sanctuary


403 Stafford Street, Folsom

This small animal sanctuary has a heavy emphasis on native species to california, such as wolves/hybrids, birds, bears, and deer. Peacocks that run loose in the zoo are a highlight. There are restrooms and a snack bar at the entrance to the zoo and a train ride nearby for children and parents.

Photo by J. Brown

Nimbus Fish Hatchery


2001 Nimbus Road, Gold River

Great place for toddlers to feed fish or explore the visitors center. No admission fee. Fish food can be purchased from a vending machine that only takes nickels, bring your own container (eg: ziplock or paper cup). One exit west of Folsom Blvd off Hwy 50. Exit Hazel Ave heading north/right. Left at Gold Country Blvd, then right into parking lot.

Photo by Ginny W.

See also: Rancho Cordova & Sacramento

Kid’s Train Rides

Folsom Valley Railway

50 Natoma St, Folsom

This miniature steam train has it’s station just behind the Folsom Zoo. A 3/4 mile (10 min) ride will take you over past the library, through the station, over behind the zoo and back. Hours vary seasonally. Special holiday lights rides in December.

Photo by J. Brown

See train rides in Rancho Cordova, Sacramento, and Roseville

Food/Shopping with Outdoor Play Areas



697 E Bidwell St, Folsom

Has a small outdoor climbing structure with a train theme, and a toddler play area under the structure. At the corner of East Bidwell and Wales.

Photo by J. Brown


6612 Folom-Auburn Rd, Folsom

Has a playplace play structure outside which is mostly a long climbing tunnel leading to a slide, and a tic tac toe game–nothing too intimidating for younger climbers. Large shade canopies here as well. side view of play structure.

Photo by J. Brown

Skipolini’s Pasta and Pizza

191 Blue Ravine Rd, Folsom

This full-service sit down restaurant has fenced patio seating (with shade umbrellas) next to a small play structure. Alternate View (Photo) by Skipolini’s Facebook page..

Photo by J. Brown

Carl’s Jr.

9500 Greenback Ln, Folsom

Has a large fully shaded three-level outdoor play structure with tunnels, slides, and windows.

Photo by J. Brown

see similar places with indoor play areas

Hiking, Biking And Trails


Humbug-Willow Creek Trail

East Bidwell & Creekside Dr, Folsom

This bike and pedestrian friendly trail combines the best of city and country sightseeing as it snakes alongside Humbug and Willow Creeks. The trail takes you up to a bird refuge area (near Castle Park) that is beautiful any time of year, particularly the spring and summer. Bike Trail Directions

Photo by MyFolsom

Serrano Trail

Serrano Pkwy & Silva Valley Pkwy, El Dorado Hills

From Hwy 50, take the El Dorado Hills Blvd exit. Turn right on Serrano Parkway, turn left on Silva Valley and immediate right into Visitor Center ’s parking lot (just past the El Dorado Hills Library). Much of this trail is gravel.

Photo Credit: © Memories by Michelle Photography 2013

Bullfrog Gulley Trail

off Serrano Pkwy, EDH

From Hwy 50, take the El Dorado Hills Blvd exit.; turn left on Lassen Lane and park in Cornerstone Christian Church parking lot (931 Lassen Ln). Bull Frog trail starts off of Serrano Parkway, just past the golf course entrance, on the left. This trail is paved so it is stoller friendly.

Photo by Mike

Wild Oaks Trail

Francisco Blvd and El Dorado Hills Blvd, EDH

This scenic dirt trail starts at Wild Oaks Park and continues all the way toward Browns Ravine, crossing four bridges–one of which (use caution) only has a hand-rail on only one side! Much of this well-marked trail meanders through hillsides with oak trees, and occasional road crossings.

Photo by Mike

Hinkle Creek Nature Area

7000 Baldwin Dam Road, Folsom

Nature area adjacent to Lew Howard Park. Unpaved, approximately mile loop through natural oak woodland. Has a few mild inclines, but nothing a preschooler couldn’t handle. Better for backpack carriers than jogging strollers. Much of the trail is shaded by trees, but bring a hat and water. There are 50 numbered markers at various spots along the providing a self-guided nature awareness tour.

Photo by City of Folsom

New York Creek Trail (EDH) – A (mostly) wide 1.6 mile dirt trail good for mountain-biking walking or running that runs from CSD park to Art Weisbug Park.

Browns/Ravine Folsom Lake – On the eastern shoreline of Folsom Lake State Recreation Area there are several miles of high quality dirt trails for hikers, runners, equestrians, and mountain bikers. Not all trails are suitable for all types of uses.

Further resources: DiscoverFolsom has a detailed list of the over 32 miles of paved bike/recreation trails running throughout Folsom. A map of the trails is also available from the City of Folsom’s Parks and Recration Department.

El Dorado Hills Trails Guide

Additional Ideas

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