Nestled in the Sierra Nevada foothills, Folsom is a modern town richly steeped in California history, from its founding during the California Gold Rush to its connection to The Man in Black. Folsom is also the site of many firsts, including the inaugural railway connection to the West and California’s first college. And yes, it is indeed the site of Folsom Prison, made famous by Johnny Cash and his signature song, “Folsom Prison Blues.”
Living in Folsom is great!
Life in Folsom
Today, Folsom is an affluent town perfect for the outdoorsy-types, featuring over 95 miles of hiking and biking trails, including the endpoint of the American River Bike Trail, which runs all the way to Sacramento. Get your fix of water fun on Folsom Lake or Lake Natoma or even along the American River. After you’ve had your fill of the outdoors by day, take a night out on the town and stroll along historic Sutter Street, catch a show at the Harris Center, or find many other great restaurants on bustling E. Bidwell Street.
Folsom features numerous grocery options, world-class retail, and an abundance of recreation for you and your family.
Folsom Neighborhoods and Distinct Areas
Broadstone is one of the most highly-rated neighborhoods to live not only in Folsom but all of California. Here you’ll have a suburban feel while being right in the middle of things, with life centered around Broadstone’s main artery of E. Bidwell St.
Perfect for families with dogs, Folsom’s Central District is centered around Lembi Park and features numerous walking trails and green spaces. True to its name, the Central District is close to everything you need.
Home to the Empire Ranch Golf Club, here you can hit the links in your own backyard. You’ll also find several restaurants, coffee shops, and parks in this highly-rated neighborhood.
Where you’ll find most of Folsom’s young professionals, the Historic District is at the heart of Folsom, and features many of its historical relics, plus nightlife, fitness centers, and the Sutter Street Theatre.
Perfect for growing families, Lexington Hills seems to be specifically with children in mind, with small kid-friendly parks all over and several options for daycare and pre-school. This neighborhood is high in-demand!
Nestled against Lake Natoma, this neighborhood features not only the lake but also several ponds and parks, giving its residents numerous options for a day outside. Another neighborhood popular with young professionals, Natoma Station has a Safeway and several restaurants and coffee shops, as well as being home to the Folsom Premium Outlets.
Prairie Oaks/Willow Springs/Los Cerros
This area in southeastern Folsom features the best of all this town has to offer, from restaurants and grocery stores to childcare and public green space, you’ll find it all here and still feel like you’re in the center of things without the hustle and bustle of a city.
American River Canyon