Folsom’s Johnny Cash Trail Grand Opening On Oct. 14

August 18th, 2017 by

A date has been set for the grand opening of the Johnny Cash Trail in Folsom. Saturday, Oct. 14 will be the official unveiling of a 2.5-mile trail that honors the legendary country singer and the iconic song he wrote about Folsom Prison.

A ribbon-cutting and a grand opening ceremony are among the planned festivities, as is a 4.2- and 6.2-mile timed runs and a community bike. The evening culminates with an outdoor festival in Folsom City Lions Park. There, Robber’s Ravine Bridge will provide the backdrop for “Out Among the Stars,” an exclusive outdoor dining event featuring a menu created by Michelin star Chef de Cuisine Duncan Holmes and Karen’s Bakery Café.

The new section of the Johnny Cash Trail connects to existing trails in Digger and Sharon Williams Rodeo Park. This offers runners, walkers and cyclists convenient access to Folsom’s Historic District and the extensive American River Parkway trail. A variety of federal grants and local transportation funds funded the $3.23 million project. Folsom’s three Rotary clubs donated more than $10,000 to the effort.

The first installment of the Johnny Cash Trail opened in 2014 and includes the Johnny Cash Bridge that spans Folsom Lake Crossing Road.  The bridge mimics the look of Folsom Prison’s East Gate guard tower, the location of a famous Cash photo taken before his concerts.

All of the October 14 events benefit the Art Experience, with proceeds earmarked for “Cash’s Pick”—two 7-foot-tall bronze guitar picks that shall anchor each end of the Johnny Cash Trail.

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