Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, created in 1942, encompasses most of the historic town of Coloma. With about 300 year-round residents in the Coloma area, the tree-lined streets of the park are usually quiet, shady, and serene. Most visitors and students come during spring, summer, and fall or for special events year-round, including the annual January 24 celebration of Marshall's gold discovery.
A number of historic buildings and sites—including the working blacksmith shop, the Price-Thomas and Papini homes, the Mormon, James Marshall and Miner's cabins, and the Indian bedrock mortar—remain to remind us of that tumultuous period. One outstanding attraction of the park is the full-sized replica of Sutter's sawmill. The original, abandoned and torn down for its lumber, disappeared in the flood of 1862. The replica, looking much like the original, was recently rebuilt near the discovery site. Some of the original mill's timbers, reclaimed from the river, are displayed nearby.
Gold panning activities take place year-round. There are great walking trails and picnic spots throughout the area.
Apple Hill represents over 50 local, family farms. These include unique fruit & veggie farms. Many having everything from pick-your-own fruits, donuts, fudge, candies, playgrounds, children's mazes and activities, arts for sale, crafts for sale, wineries, B&Bs, flower gardens, Christmas tree farms, and even a day spa. The winding roads and scenic beauty have been a popular destination for over 50 years! Come enjoy the fruits of our Apple Hill Growers any time of year!
Primary season is Labor Day thru November. Some ranches are open year round.
You'll step back in time when you enter the Gold Bug Mine! It's a REAL gold mine from the Gold Rush days. Explore the Gold Bug and the mining museum. Find your riches in the gem panning trough. Be sure to visit our historic Stamp Mill and working Blacksmith Shop. Hattie's Gift Shop will be open for that special one-of-a-kind memento of your mining experience.
Visit their website or call for hours, pricing, and tour information.
The El Dorado County Historical Museum is located in the Gold Rush town of Placerville, California.
Visit the museum to take a tour, view the historical artifacts, or research a family ancestor, land, or building. Learn about the fascinating history of El Dorado County, one of California's original and most historic counties. Plan Your Visit today!
The American River Bike Trail hugs the banks of the American River. The trail runs for 32 miles between Discovery Park in Old Sacramento and Folsom Lake's southwestern banks at Beal's Point.
The two-lane trail is completely paved, with mile markers, trailside maps, water fountains, restrooms and telephones along the way. There are also plenty of places to stop to eat, rest or enjoy the scenery. Most of the trail is shaded and level, although the route does traverse some rolling terrain. Along the way you'll pass through several parks and swimming areas, as well as through the suburban enclaves of Sacramento.
Two beautiful, not-to-miss pedestrian bridges that cross the river along the route are: the Guy West Bridge, a suspension bridge which links the trail to the California State University campus, and the Fair Oaks Bridge, a truss bridge built in the early 1900s.
A great starting point to this trail is only 15 minutes from the campground off Hazel Avenue on the starting edge of Sacramento (one exit past the Sacramento side of Folsom). You can choose to go left towards Downtown Sacramento or right towards Historic Old Folsom. You're in for a very enjoyable outing with gorgeous non-stop scenery!
Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort is one of Lake Tahoe's largest resort areas and is about 60 minutes from our park. The resort features 14 chairlifts that access 2000 acres of skiable terrain and 2,212 feet of vertical. The resort includes 8 food outlets, 6 bars, ski & snowboard group and private lessons as well as a telemark and backcountry center.
The 46 available trails average 400 inches of snow per year. Blizzard Mountain provides tubing hills and a snowplay area. In addition, visitors will find 3 miles of snowshoe trails.
If you're coming to our campground in the winter and looking for some snow... this is the place!
Folsom's connection to Johnny Cash stretches back to 1968 when the legendary singer/songwriter performed his trademark song (originally recorded in 1956), “Folsom Prison Blues” at one of the area's most recognizable locales: Folsom State Prison.
The Folsom Cash Art Trail is a 2.5-mile Class 1 bike trail, perfect for cycling and walking, that crosses over the prison property and connects to Folsom Lake Trail via a recently constructed bike/pedestrian overcrossing inspired by the mid-19th century architecture of Folsom Prison.
If you're a true fan of Johnny Cash then you'll love this stunning new art trail only 15-20 minutes from the campground.
Passing through California's historic Gold Rush country, the El Dorado Trail runs more than 35 miles from Camino west to the line between El Dorado and Sacramento counties, just south of Folsom. The route follows two former rail lines, the Southern Pacific Railroad and Michigan-California Railroad.The rail-trail is a work in progress. For 8.5 miles on its eastern end—between Camino and Placerville, where the trail winds through the Sierra Nevada foothills — it is largely paved and can be enjoyed on road bikes. For the remainder—from El Dorado westward—the trail has a single-track, dirt surface best suited for mountain bikers, hikers, and equestrians.
We recommend the launching point at Mosquito Rd in Placerville. This is only 10-12 minutes from the campground. We promise there will be numerous breathtaking views!