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Tuolumne County

Visit California's Gold Rush & Yosemite Country

Tuolumne County, nestled in the heart of California’s Gold Country, is a four-season destination that is home to Yosemite National Park and Stanislaus National Forest, encompassing small towns and historic communities including Columbia, Groveland, Jamestown, Kennedy Meadows, Long Barn, Mi Wuk Village, Pinecrest, Sonora, Soulsbyville, Strawberry, Tuolumne, and Twain Harte.  

Tuolumne County - California's Gold Rush & Yosemite CountryNestled in the heart of California’s historic Gold Country where the biggest gold rush in American history began, Tuolumne County is the recreational and cultural center of the Mother Lode near Yosemite National Park and Stanislaus National Forest. Tuolumne County is rich in history from the days when the west was wild and sought out by those with “gold fever”.


During the gold rush days, Tuolumne County once had the largest population of people in the nation. Today, this is strongly reflected within the towns throughout the county. Incorporated in 1851, Sonora is one of the oldest cities in California, and is still referred to as Columbia State Park - Tuolumne County, California the "Queen of the Southern Mines." Established in 1945 by the state legislature as Columbia State Historic Park, and acting as a living history museum, Columbia is California’s best preserved town giving visitors the opportunity to back in time and experience the gold rush era of the 1850’s. The gateway to Yosemite National Park, Groveland is a historic town that experienced two gold rushes, cattle ranching, and more. The first gold discovered in Tuolumne County was found in Jamestown. This historic town’s other claim to fame is being home to the Railtown 1897 State Historic Park. Tuolumne City is located in the heart of Tuolumne County, near the Stanislaus National Forest and Yosemite National Park, near the historic gold rush towns of Sonora, Jamestown and Columbia. Nestled in the heart of Tuolumne County, Twain Harte borders the Stanislaus National Forest and is about an hour from Yosemite National Park.


Tuolumne County - California's Gold Rush & Yosemite CountryHome to Yosemite National Park, Stanislaus National Forest and lakes, there are an abundance of year-round outdoor recreation opportunities to enjoy including hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, snow skiing, boating, fishing, water skiing, nature trails, birding and wildlife viewing, and more. There are wineries to visit, specialty shops and galleries to browse, a lively cultural scene with live theatre, and plenty of annual festivals to enjoy. There are plenty of wonderful restaurants and comfortable lodgings ranging from historic B&Bs to resorts, and cabins to camping facilities to choose from.


You'll also find all the Sierra Nevada’s outdoor activities you love and dream of taking part in . . . skiing, hiking, biking, Columbia State Parkriver rafting, fishing, camping, gold panning, sightseeing and more. The arts, live theater, museums, festivals and entertainment are plentiful in the beautiful Sierra Foothills. There are so many different things to do while visiting the historic Gold Country where the biggest gold rush in American history began. Here you can have a comfortable stay at a more than comfortable price.


Tuolumne County, 133 miles east of San Francisco, is a pristine, scenic expanse reaching to the crest of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The main highways leading to this picturesque, two-to-three-hour drive from the Bay Area are Highways 108 and 120 from the west the latter considered to be the Sonora's Farmers market most scenic and direct route to Yosemite National Park and Highway 49 from the north.


Let the Tuolumne County Visitors Bureau help you plan the perfect weekend getaway or vacation in the heart of the Central Sierra Gold Country and home of Yosemite National Park.

Tel: (800) 446-1333 or (209) 533-4420  or visit www.TCVB.com










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Where the west was wild and sought out by those with “gold fever" - Tuolumne County is where the biggest gold rush in American history began!

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Meetings in Tuolumne County
Tuolumne County has not only the idyllic background for meetings, but also has authentic Gold Rush towns for interesting off-site venues and “getaway” activities.








Nature Escape: Yosemite National Park - Enjoy piecing together this puzzle of Yosemite Valley while listening to this Big Blend Radio interview about Yosemite National Park.



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Tuolumne County - California's Gold Rush & Yosemite Country

California Gold Rush Winter Adventure -
From downhill and cross-country skiing to snow boarding, snowshoeing
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BIG BLEND RADIO SHOW - Spring in Yosemite's Gold Rush Country! Nancy and Lisa chat about spring activities, attractions and events in Tuolumne County in California's Yosemite Gold Rush Country with: Bruce Tepper - Tuolumne County Visitors Bureau; Rachelle Kellogg - City of Sonora; Carolyn Botell - Yosemite Hwy120 Chamber of Commerce; Gary Neubert - Columbia Chamber of Commerce; Erin O'Hare - Sonora Farmers Market & Master Gardener program; Sara Jones - Sierra Repertory Theatre; and Connie O'Connor - Central Sierra Arts Council.