Big Trees State Park
The Big Trees State Park is known for its two groves of giant sequoia trees at 250 to 300 feet high and 25 to 30 feet across. The trees, at around 2,000 to 3,000 years old, are relics from a warmer and wetter clime and time, the Mesozoic Era, some 180 million years ago, when dinosaurs roamed the earth. Once much more numerous, the big trees survive now only in 75 groves on the western slope of the High Sierra.
The park offers great campgrounds and picnic areas, as well as an opportunity for trout ﬁshing and a dip in the Stanislaus River. Most visitors, however, come to see the big trees, particularly those found in North Grove. A gentle one mile trail meanders through the grove, leading to such grand sequoia specimens as Abraham Lincoln, Siamese Twins, Empire State and Father of the Forest.
Beautiful, unusual crystalline formations; stalactites, stalagmites, soda straws, curtains, Angels wings, and more. Nature proves herself an artist and welcomes visitors year round to see her in this magnificent subterranean wonderland.
California Cavern State Park
California’s first show cave, delighting visitors since 1850, features an enchanting trail with beautiful cystalline formations in historical and recently discovered pristine areas. Also available-wild cavern expeditions by reservation. Fantastic gift shopping for books, science, nature, mineral and gem supplies and educational toys.
Calaveras County is home to world-class California outdoor adventures including Calaveras whitewater rafting and kayaking on the Stanislaus River in the heart of Stanislaus National Forest. Join a guided California river rafting trip with experienced professional guides or independently plan your own private boating trip to Calaveras.
Calaveras County boasts true Gold Country landscapes from California’s heritage of the “wild, wild west” with classic rolling golden hills framed by pine forests and shady cottonwoods.
Bike enthusiasts can enjoy scenic, paved or graveled roads with moderate terrain or challenging single track and 4x4 trails with steep grades.
Calaveras County offers an ideal climate for vineyards, and the Murphys area is home to more than 20 wineries, most with tasting rooms on Main Street. Many of the wines are award winning at the regional, national, and international level, and have achieved recognition in national publications. Enjoy wine tasting, browsing eclictic shops, antiques and art galleries, and fine dining in Murphys. Main Street also hosts several annual events: Murphys Irish Day, Calaveras Grape Stomp and Street Faire, and the Holiday Open House.