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Address: 7794 Folsom Dam Rd, Folsom, CA 95630-6610
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Worth the walk if you want to see it up close.

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... read more

Reviewed 10 April 2017
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
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 dams, it's worth the short walk. As one previous reviewer said, you can park at... More 

Thank Mike1010
Folsom, California
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7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 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 park at the gas station strip mall on Folsom Auburn and Folsom Crossing and walk... More 

1 Thank Sean M
El Dorado Hills, California
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581 reviews
234 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 161 helpful votes
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 the gorge between the north and south sides of the river. 2 thumbs up!

Thank Mark M
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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63 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
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
Cupertino, California
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30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
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 accessible because of 9-11 attack, for security reasons. All the parking spaces close to the... More 

Thank David2012C
Jodhpur, India
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162 reviews
88 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 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
San Francisco, California
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569 reviews
187 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 July 2015

I happened to stumble upon Folsom Dam while driving around town. You can see how low the water levels are at Folsom Lake due to the drought. Still an interesting structure to see so close to the road.

Thank BayAreaTraveler6338
Franklin, Tennessee
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1,286 reviews
382 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 287 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 December 2014 via mobile

As it has been so long without rain in Folsom, the water was really down in the lake. We drove across the dam and did not see very much.

1 Thank Houston N
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128 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 November 2014

Interesting to see the history of the powerhouse and the old electrical system that was in place and all that it did. It's amazing. If you have time, take in the Folsom History Museum too.

Thank carolyn2003
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276 reviews
115 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2014

The Folsom Dam tour is EXCELLENT, very interesting! The Powerhouse tour is short, fairly boring. If you are pressed for time, DEFINITELY book the Dam tour. I'd only visit the Powerhouse if you have some time to kill. The Powerhouse tour is short, so that helps! :)

2 Thank Victoria L

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