Sacramento and Western Sierra Foothills Campgrounds

Sacramento, California

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Tourists traveling to the Sacramento and Western Sierra Foothills Area from the north via the Golden Chain Highway are welcomed to the region by the gold rush towns of Nevada City and Grass Valley. Once rivaling San Francisco and Sacramento in population, Nevada City has reinvented itself, turning from gold fields to grape fields as it hosts a flourishing wine industry. North of the town lies Malakoff Diggins, the world’s largest hydraulic mining site, while to the south Empire Mine State Historic Park preserves what was once California’s largest and richest hardrock mine. Farther south, at Coloma, a replica of Sutter’s Mill stands on the original site of the 1848 gold discovery that started the worldwide rush to California. Placerville, once called “Hangtown” because of its speedy law enforcement, has the distinction of owning its own gold mine, which is open for tours. Columbia State Historic Park, near Sonora, provides the opportunity to tour an actual gold rush era town, with its original buildings, covered boardwalks, and storefronts. Fortunately, the tourist wares for sale in most of the shops fail to dent the authentic feel of the town, which even has two operating Victorian-style hotels. Coulterville, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, once had 50 saloons. But all that glitters in this area is not gold. Twelve large lakes offer their shining surfaces to water sports enthusiasts. Campgrounds included in this eTrail are: Malakoff Diggins, South Yuba, Nevada County Fairgrounds, Scotts Flat Lake, White Cloud, Skillman Group Camp, Rollins Reservoir, Auburn, Parker Flat OHV Staging Area, Sugar Pine OHV Staging Area, Sugar Pine Reservoir, Big Reservoir, Folsom Lake State Recreation Area, Marshall Gold Discovery, Sly Park, Chaw'se Indian Grinding Rock, New Hogan Lake, New Melones Lake, Don Pedro Reservoir, Lake McClure, and Merced River Recreation Area.
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Camping Northern California

by Richard McMahon (Falcon Guides)

Tourists traveling to the Sacramento and Western Sierra Foothills Area from the north via the Golden Chain Highway are welcomed to the region by the gold rush towns of Nevada City and Grass Valley. Once rivaling San Francisco and Sacramento in population, Nevada City has reinvented itself, turning from gold fields to grape fields as it hosts a flourishing wine industry. North of the town lies Malakoff Diggins, the world’s largest hydraulic mining site, while to the south Empire Mine State Historic Park preserves what was once California’s largest and richest hardrock mine. Farther south, at Coloma, a replica of Sutter’s Mill stands on the original site of the 1848 gold discovery that started the worldwide rush to California. Placerville, once called “Hangtown” because of its speedy law enforcement, has the distinction of owning its own gold mine, which is open for tours. Columbia State Historic Park, near Sonora, provides the opportunity to tour an actual gold rush era town, with its original buildings, covered boardwalks, and storefronts. Fortunately, the tourist wares for sale in most of the shops fail to dent the authentic feel of the town, which even has two operating Victorian-style hotels. Coulterville, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, once had 50 saloons. But all that glitters in this area is not gold. Twelve large lakes offer their shining surfaces to water sports enthusiasts. Campgrounds included in this eTrail are: Malakoff Diggins, South Yuba, Nevada County Fairgrounds, Scotts Flat Lake, White Cloud, Skillman Group Camp, Rollins Reservoir, Auburn, Parker Flat OHV Staging Area, Sugar Pine OHV Staging Area, Sugar Pine Reservoir, Big Reservoir, Folsom Lake State Recreation Area, Marshall Gold Discovery, Sly Park, Chaw'se Indian Grinding Rock, New Hogan Lake, New Melones Lake, Don Pedro Reservoir, Lake McClure, and Merced River Recreation Area.

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Activity Type: Campgrounds, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: Sacramento
Campsites: 43 Separate campgrounds
Season: All year, but many only open spring to fall
Local Contacts: California Department of Parks and Recreation; Tahoe National Forest
Topo Map: Sacramento and Western Sierra Foothills Campgrounds Topographic Map
Guide Book: Camping Northern California Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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6/20/2009

[New Melones Lake: Tuttletown Campground.] You want to camp here. The Gloryhole campground is just that (in my humble opinion). Also a great place to bring the dogs. I'd suggest camping out here in early June or late September/early October if you're looking for solitude. The rangers all rock and will set you up with a great campsite if you take the time to chat it up and let them know what you're after. Great place for everyone: kids, grandparents, dogs, etc. The lake is warm by late spring and it's not hard to find a quiet place to swim if you're willing to hike a little. I've been twice and will definitely go again.

8/12/2004
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