Calaveras Big Trees State Park by Lisa Boulton

Arnold Attractions: Calaveras Big Trees State Park

The first place you think of when pondering Arnold Attractions has to be Calaveras Big Trees State Park – an outstandingly beautiful park with a new visitors center, and up-close access to spectacular giant sequoia trees on the North Grove trail. Winter snowshoe hiking is available, with the welcome of a warming hut with free hot chocolate and cider at the end of your hike. The South Grove, open in the summer, is home to the largest of the giant sequoias, and offers more of a wilderness hiking experience. Also, enjoy swimming, climbing, fishing and sunning yourself along the north fork of the Stanislaus River. Here, whitewater rafting trips with O.A.R.S. put in during their Spring season.

Calaveras Big Trees State Park by Dave Bunnell

Calaveras Big Trees State Park North Grove in Winter | Dave Bunnell

Arnold Attractions: Ebbetts Pass National Scenic Byway

Arnold marks the western beginning of the Ebbetts Pass National Scenic Byway, one of only 7 scenic byways in California and 150 nationwide. This beautiful byway affords spectacular views of the Sierra Nevada mountains, glacially carved valleys and canyons, ancient volcanic peaks, rugged granite snow-capped ridges, and includes the Calaveras Big Trees State Park, just a few miles beyond downtown Arnold.

Ebbetts Pass National Scenic Byway by Laurie Ahlberg

Ebbetts Pass National Scenic Byway | Laurie Ahlberg

Arnold Attractions: Arnold Rim Trail

The Arnold Rim Trail was entirely developed by community volunteers and is a testament to local love for outdoor spaces. The trail currently comprises 17 miles winding through old-growth forest, down into shady canyons and up onto rocky outcroppings overlooking the central valley. A non-motorized system, the trail was designed for hikers, bikers and equestrians and is a beautiful asset for residents and visitors alike. Dogs are allowed on the trail if they can be brought to heel if wildlife, other dogs or people are encountered.

Arnold Rim Trail

Photo courtesy the Arnold Trail Association

Arnold Attractions: White Pines Lake

White Pines Lake is not technically in Arnold, but in White Pines, a small hamlet right next door to Arnold. This beautiful mountain lake is an idyllic spot to take your picnic, hike, fish, swim and play disc golf. In addition, you can rent kayaks and stand-up paddle boards to enjoy on the lake from nearby SNAC, and get your fishing equipment from Ebbetts Pass Sporting Goods. A children’s playground area, sandy beaches and basketball court make this a perfect outdoor destination. The Sierra Nevada Logging Museum is at one end of the lake.

White Pines Lake by Lisa Boulton

White Pines Lake | Lisa Boulton

Arnold Attractions: The Sierra Nevada Logging Museum

The Sierra Nevada Logging Museum is situated at one end of the lake and gives a fascinating look into the history of logging that was so important in the Sierra Nevadas for many decades. Creative exhibits bring this history to life and honor those who lost their lives in the industry. It is also the site of one of the trail-heads to the Arnold Rim Trail.

Sierra Nevada Logging Museum by Lisa Boulton

An exhibit at The Sierra Nevada Logging Museum | Lisa Boulton

Arnold Attractions: Stanislaus National Forest

All of this abundant natural beauty is located in the Stanislaus National Forest – which extends from eastern Murphys at Forest Meadows, all the way to the easternmost end of Calaveras and beyond into Nevada. It’s a spectacular part of California, with its High Sierra peaks, giant sequoias, conifers and oaks, alpine lakes, deep canyons and abundant wildlife. You can get more information from the Calaveras Ranger District.

Arnold Attractions - Sourgrass Recreation Area | Dave Jeffords

Overlooking the Stanislaus in the Sourgrass Recreation Area | Dave Jeffords

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