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Calaveras County Overview


Mark Twain made Calaveras County famous worldwide when he wrote of the "Celebrated Jumping Frog" in 1865. But the treasures of this enchanting Gold Country area were discovered long before that and continue to enrich lives today.

Located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains - 133 miles east of San Francisco - 135 miles west of Lake Tahoe. Midway along State Highway 49, which links the towns of the Gold Country, Calaveras County is filled with natural and historic diversity.


Discover unique, year round adventures in Calaveras County including historic and picturesque gold rush towns, award winning foothill vineyards and tasting rooms, micro-breweries and pubs, eclectic art galleries, antique shops, and gold rush museums. Learn the art of Calaveras gold panning, or caving in the variety of natural limestone and crystalline-filled caverns open to the public. Enjoy a round of golf on professional courses laid out along canyon ridges in the pines or among 200 year old oaks in rolling terrain. Shopping is at its most fun and innovative in the tiny, fascinating towns of the Calaveras landscape.


Every season of the year holds its share of fun activities in Calaveras. In the spring, summer, and fall, enjoy biking and hiking trails that criss-cross through the giant Sequoias at Calaveras Big Trees State Park and the Stanislaus National Forest. Off Highway adventures and whitewater rafting tours of the famous Stanislaus River beckon the adventuresome, while fishing, water skiing, houseboat weekends, camping, bicycling, horseback riding and much more will keep the entire family busy.


The uncountable attractions of winter include first class downhill skiing at Bear Valley Ski Area. There you will enjoy many excellent cross country trails offering silent, pristine scenes of winter wonder and miles of snowmobiling from two-hour to all-day tours around the village or through the woods.


Those of you looking to momentarily escape the tension of metropolitan life will find yourselves captivated, entertained, and rejuvenated by this part of California's Gold Country.