The Rocklin Unified School District includes nine elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school and one alternative school. This district prides itself on the excellent relationship between parents, community and faculty that together provides the best education possible for their students.
For higher education, there are numerous choices in and around Rocklin. Sierra College, a two-year community college campus, is located on Rocklin Road. The American River College, National University and a California State University campus are all located a short drive away in Sacramento. Also located a short commute away is the University of California at Davis.
Recreational opportunities abound. The Rocklin Community Services & Facilities Department provides a wide range of recreational programs for residents of all ages, organized team sports and other special events. The department also oversees two community parks and 17 neighborhood parks that feature picnic areas, playgrounds, multi-use fields, basketball courts, volleyball areas and more. Whitney Oaks Golf Club is also located in Rocklin.
Nearby Folsom Lake, an 18,000-acre lake and recreational area, offers opportunities for hiking, running, camping, picnicking, horseback riding, water skiing and boating. There is a 32-mile bike path that connects Folsom Lake with many Sacramento County parks for bicycle enthusiasts. The California Delta is also located nearby and offers camping, fishing, hiking, swimming, skiing and houseboat vacations.
In addition to local shopping centers, there are several regional malls in the area including the Galleria in nearby Roseville. The largest and busiest shopping center in the Sacramento area is the Arden Fair Mall featuring four department stores, 165 retail stores and restaurants. Downtown Plaza is located right next to historic Old Sacramento, near the Capital. Outlet shopping centers are located in Folsom and Vacaville. There are numerous excellent restaurants located throughout the city and in surrounding communities.
Rocklin's history dates back to the days of the Gold Rush. Early miners traveled to a Rocklin that was made up of groves of oak and pine trees. When the gold rush slowed in 1849, the men went looking for another business venture. The city's vast granite deposit became the town's mainstay. By the early 1890s there were some 30 quarries operating and cutting granite, many of these cutting street curbing for the larger cities. The Central Pacific Railroad provided easy transportation and made hauling of building granite easier. Consequently, Rocklin was selected as the site of the roundhouse, which was built in 1866, because this was the so-called bottom of the hill.
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