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Folsom Dam

7794 Folsom Dam Rd, Folsom, CA 95630-6610
+1 916-989-7100
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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 4 weeks ago
porsche74s
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Granite Bay, California
Imposing, iconic structure.

Folsom Dam is an imposing structure and an engineering feat. There is a trail that allows you to... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Vince F
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Folsom, California
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  • Excellent33%
  • Very good38%
  • Average25%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible0%
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“strip mall” (3 reviews)
“bike trail” (3 reviews)
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7794 Folsom Dam Rd, Folsom, CA 95630-6610
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thank porsche74s
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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

Thank Vince F
Reviewed 21 September 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

Thank Donna H
Reviewed 11 June 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

1  Thank 7,268
Reviewed 10 April 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

Thank Mike1010
Reviewed 13 March 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

1  Thank Sean M
Reviewed 10 August 2016

It's the Wandering Yank here. I've seen Folsom Dam many, many times, having lived nearby. It never fails to impress me, with the 8 spillways leading into the rocky gorge below Folsom Prison. The best place to see it is from the Dam Road crossing...More

Thank Mark M
Reviewed 27 July 2016

The water level in the lake was quite low, but the dam itself has a nice view. You can stroll around the dam and enjoy the ambience.

Thank Vatsalarya
Reviewed 26 July 2016

This item should be separated as two attraction - Folsom Powerhouse and Folsom Dam. Now the review of Powerhouse is better represented by https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g32389-d7029293-Reviews-Folsom_Powerhouse-Folsom_California.html Regarding to the dam, I talked to the park ranger in Folsom Powerhouse and confirm that the dam is no more...More

Thank David2012C
Reviewed 25 May 2016 via mobile

This is opposite the Prison and is a refreshing ride to the Folsom dam. You can just test drive your new car. You can go in the early mornings.

Thank Vilaas
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