Gold Country Towns Overview
California Gold Country has some of the oldest towns in the state. These small towns were originally established during the 1849 Gold Rush by placer miners in search of easy riches. Situated along the west-facing foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, California Gold Country is a huge tourist draw for its historic gold towns, caverns, recreational lakes, wineries and more. Visit the largest goldmine in Gold Country in Grass Valley. See Sutter's Mill where the 1849 Gold Rush started in Coloma. View hundreds of Native American mortars at Indian Grinding Rocks State Park outside of Jackson. Decend over 100 feet into Moaning Cavern in Murphys. Stand in the shadow of Giant Sequoia trees in Calaveras Big Trees State Park outside of Angels Camp. Rent a houseboat on New Melones Lake outside of Sonora and Jamestown. From recreation to historical significance, Gold Country towns have plenty of interesting aspects.