Discover Legendary Calaveras County

As one of the original counties of California, Calaveras has a long and storied history. Learn about the Gold Rush, explore untouched landscapes, and marvel at the beauty of the Giant Sequoia trees. The county also boasts a growing wine industry and enchanting natural caves.

Family Activities

Mercer Caverns

Mercer Caverns

Visit the magnificent subterranean wonderland that is Mercer Caverns, discovered in 1885 by Walter Mercer. 45 minute guided tours of the caverns are offered daily as are hands on activities, like panning and fossil recovery, at the Mercer Caverns Mining company.

Horseback Riding

Horseback Riding

Take the family on a stunning tour of Calaveras County on horseback. Calaveras boasts true Gold Country landscapes from California’s heritage of the “wild, wild west” with classic rolling golden hills framed by pine forests and shady cottonwoods.

Fishing

Fishing

Cast out on a fishing adventure in Arnold.  Calaveras County is rich with fishing hot spots including Beaver Creek, White Pines Lake, Big Trees Creek, and many more.

Local Attractions

Calaveras Big Trees State Park

Calaveras Big Trees State Park

The Calaveras Big Trees State Park is known for its two groves of giant sequoia trees at 250 to 300 feet high and 25 to 30 feet across. The park offers great picnic areas, as well as an opportunity for trout fishing and a dip in the Stanislaus River.

California Cavern State Park

California Cavern State Park

Delighting visitors since 1850, the California Cavern State Park features an enchanting trail with beautiful crystalline formations in historical and recently discovered pristine areas. Guided expeditions of the wild caverns are also available by reservation. Fantastic gift shopping for books, science, nature, mineral and gem supplies and educational toys.

Wineries

Wineries

Calaveras County offers an ideal climate for vineyards, and the Murphys area is home to more than 20 wineries, most with tasting rooms on Main Street. Enjoy wine tasting, browsing eclectic shops, antiques and art galleries, and fine dining in Murphys.

Nearby Shopping

Fine-Things

Fine-Things

A local favorite, Fine-Things in Arnold offers clothing, quilts, jewelry, art, and other unique home accessories. Fine-Things also hosts concert events during the summer.

The Trout Spot

The Trout Spot

An angler’s paradise, The Trout Spot offers fishing enthusiasts all of the classes, books, gift, and gear they need to catch a great experience.

Outdoor Recreation

Rafting and Kayaking

Rafting and Kayaking

Calveras County is home to world-class California outdoor adventures including Calaveras whitewater rafting and kayaking on the Stanislaus River. Join a guided California river rafting trip with experienced professional guides or independently plan your own private boating trip to Calaveras.

Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking

Bike enthusiasts can enjoy scenic, paved or graveled roads with moderate terrain or challenging single track and 4×4 trails with steep grades. For more information on local trails, visit Single Tracks.

Bear Valley Mountain

Bear Valley Mountain

Bear Valley Mountain is truly an all year playground.  The resort offer skiing and snowboarding in the winter and biking, rock climbing, tennis, disc golf, river rafting, and fishing in the summer, and much more.

Sequoia Woods Country Club

Sequoia Woods Country Club

Nestled next to Mountain Retreat, The Sequoia Woods Country Club offers a challenging 18 hole course with fabulous views of the Sierra Nevada. The par 70 course is suitable for all levels of players and is open for a 10-month season.

Snowmobiling

Snowmobiling

Ride into the back country of Bear Valley on a single or double sled.  Be sure to bring your camera to capture stunning panoramic views.  For more information visit Alpine Snowmobile Center.

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