Gold Country Overview
Find Gold Country activities, entertainment, towns, wineries, things to do and points of interest. Popular Gold Country activities include caving, golfing, gold panning, wine tasting, hiking, fishing, camping and more. Also referred to as the "Sierra Foothills", California Gold Country was established when a carpenter discovered gold in the American River at Sutter's Mill in 1848. By 1849, the Gold Rush was in full swing with bustling mining camps springing up all over the region. When the gold ran out, these camps were nearly deserted and remain today as the towns of Nevada City, Auburn, Placerville, Jackson, Angels Camp, Jamestown and many more. Most Gold Country towns feature the original buildings and cater to tourism. Located in the Sierra Nevada foothills, the scenery along Highway 49 alone is worth the trip. Many natural and historic sites blanket the region along the way. And don't think the gold is gone - Gold panning can still produce gold dust and an occassional gold nugget from the local creeks and streams.