Welcome to Calaveras County!
Historic charm. Trendy appeal. Inspiring adventures. California wine tasting.
Home of the California Gold Rush and Celebrated Jumping Frog, Mark Twain made Calaveras County in Northern California famous, worldwide, when he wrote of the “Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” in 1865. The treasures of this enchanting Gold Country area in California continue to enrich the lives of all who visit Calaveras County today.
Calaveras County is located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains—133 miles east of San Francisco and 135 miles west of Lake Tahoe in California. Calaveras County is found midway on State Highway 49 between Sacramento and Yosemite, linking the towns of the California Gold Country. Calaveras stretches to the east into California’s High Sierra wonderland. View our interactive activities guide for all the latest to see and do!
Calaveras County boasts historic and picturesque gold rush towns, award-winning California wineries and micro-breweries, eclectic art galleries, antique shops, and California gold rush museums. Visit our new “California foodie” website which emphasizes the variety of agriculture and food-centric events and shopping available in Calaveras County. Year-round outdoor adventures are also yours in Calaveras County. Learn the art of panning for gold in California, or go caving in the variety of natural limestone and crystalline-filled caverns. “Zip” 1500 feet on a zip line 100 feet above the earth. Play a round of golf on professional California golf courses stretched out along canyon ridges in the pines or among 200 year old oaks in rolling terrain. Shopping in Calaveras County is at its most fun and innovative in the tiny, fascinating towns full Gold Country history.
Every season holds its share of fun in Calaveras. 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 the famous Stanislaus River Rafting experience beckon the adventuresome, while California fishing and boating, water skiing, camping, horseback riding and more will keep your entire family or your group of friends entertained.
Winter attractions in Northern California include first class downhill skiing and snowboarding at Bear Valley Mountain. Enjoy many excellent cross country trails and snowshoe trails offering silent, pristine scenes of winter wonder and miles of snowmobiling from two-hour to all-day tours around Bear Valley Village or through the woods.