Things to Do in Angels Camp, California

Things to Do in Angels Camp, California
Angels Camp is an insider travel destinatin among Californians who enjoy exploring the state and recreating locally. It is a small town with a little more than 3,000 fulltime residents. Initially the town started as a camp in the midst of the California gold rush, but soon it became transformed into a trading post and eventually grew into a town. Today it is a tourist destination for Mark Twain aficionados---he based one of his stories on a tale he allegedly heard at an Angels Camp inn---and outdoor enthusiasts, who enjoy the surrounding nature.

Golf at Greenhorn Creek Resort

Avid golfers enjoy this award winning golf course that is just outside Angels Camp. It features a regulation 18-hole course where the average round of golf lasts a little over four hours. The Greens Keeper site voted it the best maintained course in 2007. You have the option of staying in one of the onsite cottages or merely visiting for a round of golf or two. During the off-season, greens fees start at $50, while during the height of tourist season they begin at $70. Outdoor enthusiasts might want to decline the golf cart and instead walk the course, soak in the view and the sun's rays, and also enjoy the smell of freshly cut grass and the clean Sierra Nevada air.

Greenhorn Creek Resort
711 McCauley Ranch Road
Angels Camp, CA 95222
(888) 736-5900
www.greenhorncreek.com

Bring Your Children and Dogs to Utica Park

Utica Park is situated to the north of downtown Angels Camp. It is a dog-friendly park and features plenty of playground equipment for children. It capitalizes on the connection of Angels Camp to Mark Twain, and you may enjoy a visit to the statute of the famous writer and also the whimsical frog sculptures that actually double as trash cans. This park is an excellent choice for playing Frisbee with your dog, having a picnic at one of the many tables or the pavilion, teaching kids about various trees they might encounter in a park and also simply for taking a walk.

Utica Park
Highway 49
Angels Camp, CA 95222
209-736-2187

Rent a Mountain Bike at the Mountain Pedaler Bicycle Shop

Calaveras Big Trees State Park is near Angels Camp, and during the height of tourist season---from June through September---you may rent a mountain bike and safety gear from the Mountain Pedaler Bicycle Shop in Angels Camp. The nearby state park features challenging hills and valleys, but also more mellow dirt roads---they are actually designed as fire roads---for the beginner or younger children. Do not forget to ask the shop owner to give you a map of the area, as some private lands abut state park property and you want to avoid trespassing by knowing where the property lines are drawn.

Mountain Pedaler Bicycle Shop
352 South Main
Angels Camp, CA 95222
(209) 736-0771

Relax at an Angels Camp Vacation Rental

If you would prefer to rent a vacation cabin or resort room instead of camping nearby, check out the Trails website and its exhaustive listing of available vacation rentals in and around Angels Camp---see the link in the Resources section. Quaint bed and breakfast venues as well as resorts with fishing holes and lakes for water sports are nearby.

Article Written By Sylvia Cochran

Based in the Los Angeles area, Sylvia Cochran is a seasoned freelance writer focusing on home and garden, travel and parenting articles. Her work has appeared in "Families Online Magazine" and assorted print and Internet publications.

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