2020-2021_Nevada County Gold

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An in depth introduction to Historic Nevada County, California including Grass Valley, Nevada City, Penn Valley, Truckee and Sierra County.

RECREATION

CAMPING DAYS

Head for the Hills For an Unforgettable Time

CAMPING TIPS FROM NEVADA COUNTY locals will probably not include

hectic and overcrowded areas like Lake Tahoe and Yosemite. In our own

backyard, it’s possible to find the right campground for every taste,

from granite clad peaks to pristine remote lakes to lower-elevation cool,

forested sites in the “North of Interstate 80” areas. So try Nevada County if

you are NOT looking for well-known, over-crowded campgrounds and would

prefer something surprising, unforgettable and above all, relaxing.

Lakeside Campgrounds

A couple of perfect, lower-elevation

campgrounds for families are Scotts Flat

Lake (east of Nevada City) and Rollins

Lake (between Grass Valley and Colfax).

Both offer the fun of lake play and the

convenience of having stores available on

site, just in case anything was forgotten.

In the Bowman Lake area (off Hwy. 20,

east of Nevada City) you’ll find lake-adjacent

camping at the Rucker, Lindsey and

Faucherie Lake campgrounds, which are

relatively easy to get to but remain idyllic.

For great lakeside camping farther up the

mountain, consider Donner Memorial

State Park near Truckee, as Donner Lake

is beautiful! Another good tip on the

Truckee side of the county

is Sagehen Creek Campground, which

offers spectacular wildflower displays and

an abundance of hiking choices. Also in

the Truckee area, Boca Reservoir is a

good place for campers who enjoy boating

and great fishing- it’s on the Little

Truckee River just a short ways east of

town. Home to threatened and endangered

species, bird migration corridors,

recently opened Webber

Lake

Campground is a perfect base to explore

nearby Perazzo Meadows, Mt. Lola,

Independence Lake, The Pacific Crest

Trail, and Webber Falls.

Walk-In Tent Camping

The Bowman Lake area has lots to offer,

including the Blue Lake walk-in campground,

which is remote and pristine and

yet relatively easy to get to, with the

added bonus of nearby petroglyphs for

viewing. If you like to hike a bit, a real

treat is Island Lake, only about a onemile

hike in from Carr Lake, for high

Sierra conditions that are primitive but

well worth it. And there are many other

campsites and lakes in the area to be

explored along the Crooked Lakes Trail.

Mountain Vistas

There is eye-popping camping available

near the Grouse Ridge Fire Lookout and

there are several points of access to the

Grouse Ridge trails. The Eagle Lakes trailhead

works well and is reached from

Interstate 80 at the Eagle Lakes exit.

Proceed north past the Indian Springs

Campground to get to the Grouse Ridge

Campground. The scenery is fantastic,

but beware of sneaky, boot-chewing

marmots who know when you are

asleep!

Gold Rush

Cabin Camping

There are unique camping

cabins available at

Malakoff Diggins State

Historic Park, which is

located northeast of

Nevada City. The Miners’

Cabins usually can be

rented from the end of

May through Labor Day

weekend. Or you could

choose The Chute Hill

Campground at the

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park. Either way

you’d be spending the night in

historic North Bloomfield.

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Glamping

If the pleasure of being one step from

civilization is enticing, luxury “glamping”

may be perfect for you, mixing the perks

of being practically in Nevada City with

the joys of sleeping out under lovely

Sierra skies. Reserve now for RV or tent

sites or “glamp” it in one of the tent

cabins. inntowncampground.com

Grass Valley RV

Camping

If you are looking for a great place for

“RV Camping” in your vehicle, the

Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass

Valley offers a great atmosphere and the

handiness of being right on the edge of

this beautiful and historic Gold Rush Era

town. Check for special events at the fairgrounds

for added fun.

Truckee RV Camping

Just steps away from the Truckee River,

Truckee River RV Park is a prime location

for access to an abundance of outdoor

activities, and just six miles from

Truckee’s unique shopping and dining.

Gall-Amping

If you want to camp with horses, there

are horse camps at Little Lasier Meadow

near Truckee and also the Skillman Horse

Camp, located on Highway 20 above

Nevada City. Either way, the layout is

just right for both you and your extralarge

friends.

No Reservations?

For you last minute campers, all is not

lost - check out the Bowman Lake area!

Other than the group campground areas,

the Bowman Road and Grouse Ridge

Area Campgrounds are all “no reservation”

facilities, so even if you didn’t make

plans in advance you can still roll in early

enough to grab a choice site.

Whatever your choice of accommodations,

we’re confident that Nevada

County camping will be just the experience

you’ve been hoping to find.

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