Columbia State Historic Park
The town’s old Gold Rush-era business district has been preserved with shops, restaurants and two hotels. Visitors have the chance to time-travel to the 1850s, imagining life when gold miners rubbed shoulders with businessmen and the other residents in Columbia. Visitors can experience a bygone era watching proprietors in period clothing conduct business in the style of yesterday. There are opportunities to ride a 100 year-old stagecoach, pan for gold, and explore the real working businesses of Columbia.
Located in Jamestown, in California’s Gold Country, Railtown 1897 State Historic Park is home to the Historic Jamestown Shops and Roundhouse of the Sierra Railway. This one-of-a-kind attraction combines industrial heritage and railroad history with the lore of Hollywood’s film industry. The Railtown 1897 Interpretive Center, the authentic roundhouse and shops, and the Depot Store (a railroad specialty gift shop) are among the Park’s unique year-round offerings. Steam train rides are offered weekends during the spring, summer, and fall.
Moaning Cavern holds the largest vertical chamber in a public cavern that you can see in California. In fact, it’s so big, it could hold the entire Statue of Liberty! This attraction offers guided Walk Tours, which are suitable for the entire family, 165-foot rope Rappels into the cave, which are the most thrilling way to see the main chamber, and challenging 3-hour caving Adventure Trips beginning with the optional rappel. Be sure to experience Moaning Cavern’s thrilling new above ground activity… the Zip Line!
The Natural Bridges hike takes you into a forest of Oak Trees where a small creek has dug a tunnel for itself through solid rock. Known to geologists as a “karst”, the rushing waters of Coyote Creek eroded through a layer of soluble bedrock and created a unique cave or cavern. Most people refer to it as a tunnel as this cave has two ends. The river enters the cave from the north end and exits out of the south end. The tunnel’s distance is about a quarter of a mile. The inside of the tunnel is very similar to a cavern with its oddly shaped formations hanging from its roof.
Springfield Trout Farm
Fun for the whole family! Bring a picnic lunch and have an old fashioned afternoon filled with memories. Tackle and bait are furnished and your catch is cleaned and packed on ice for you. Our rainbow trout are raised in crystal clear water from eggs to catchables. No license – no limit. Groups are welcome (birthday parties, school outings, etc.). Cool and shady grounds.Open all year. Summer hours: 10am – 5pm | Sept-May: 11am – 5pm. (209) 532-4623
Rosemary’s Roses was begun in 2005 with the aim of providing good quality roses grown on their own roots, and is Tuolumne county’s largest rose garden situated in a picturesque setting in the Sierra Foothills amongst oak trees and ponderosa pines. Enjoy 300 varieties of roses while meandering along the path, or viewing the roses from the gazebo, or sitting beneath our big oak tree at the lower part of the garden. It’s a perfect opportunity for relaxing as well as taking photos. Conveniently located only three miles from the Gold Rush town of Columbia State Historic Park.
Black Oak Casino
164,000+ square feet of gaming and entertainment options for everyone. Choose from 1200 of today’s most popular Reel and Video Slot Machines, 24 Table Games, Poker, five Bars, four Restaurants, a 24 Lane Brunswick Bowling Center, a Players Club, Gift Shop, and an Arcade.
Calavares Big Trees State Park
Three miles north of Arnold off Highway 4, the colossal trees of Calaveras Big Trees State Park stand in quiet testimony to prehistoric times. These massive relics, which can reach a height of 325 feet and a diameter of 33 feet, are descended from trees that were standing when dinosaurs roamed Earth, and birds, mammals and flowering plants began to appear. Some of today’s trees are thought to be as old as 2,000 years. Located at the mid-elevation level of the western Sierra Nevada, Calaveras Big Trees State Park is a prime example of a mixed conifer forest in the yellow pine belt. Giant sequoias dominate ponderosa pines, sugar pines, incense cedars and white fir. The Pacific dogwood displays white blossoms in the spring, and wildflowers along the Lava Bluffs Trail include leopard lily, Hartweg’s iris, crimson columbine, monkey-flowers, harvest brodiaea, wild hyacinth and lupine.
Ironstone Vineyards’ seven-story premier winery and entertainment complex is a modern replica of an 1859 Gold Stamp Mill complete with tasting room and gourmet delicatessen, an aging cavern, conference facilities, outdoor amphitheatre, exquisite landscaped gardens and much more which you can see during one their daily tours. Take time to wind your way through the Heritage Museum and Jewelry Shoppe where you can see artifacts from the gold rush era and the world’s largest single specimen of Crystalline Gold Leaf – a 44-pound treasure uncovered just a few miles from their door. There is always something wonderful to discover while visiting Ironstone Vineyards.
Mountain Springs Golf Club
Mountain Springs Golf Club is ideally located above the fog and below the snow in historic Sonora, California. Play this scenic 18-hole Robert Muir Graves designed championship course while enjoying the Gold Country and the scenic beauty of the Sierra Nevada foothills. Opened in 1990, Mountain Springs has rapidly matured into one of the most popular facilities in the Sierra Foothills. This Robert Muir Graves-designed course is a challenge for players of all abilities. Mountain Springs provides a stocked Golf Shop, driving range, putting greens, and four sets of tees to accommodate golfers of all abilities!
Cover’s Apple Ranch
Cover’s Apple Ranch is your destination for family fun and great food. Take a ride on the steam train through tunnels and around the pond. Afterwards you can play in the treehouses or visit the many barnyard animals. Then head up to the main ranch house for home style food from the deli and delicious homemade baked goods from the bakery, and don’t forget the cider to go with it. Take a stroll through the gift shop with many unique gifts and many locally made items that are available individually or they can assemble selected items into beautiful gift baskets suitable for any occasion. Cover’s Apple Ranch is the prefect place for get togethers of all kinds including birthday parties and office dinners.