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Things To Do In Tuolumne County and Gold Country


Things To Do In Tuolumne County and Gold Country

Looking for things to do in the California Gold Country area? We’ve got you covered with driving directions and drive times from Fun Cabin Rentals in Twain Harte, California.

Are you planning a vacation to Sonora, Twain Harte, Calaveras County, Tuolumne County, etc? Here’s a list of popular places, things to do, places to get groceries and eat with how far each place is from Fun Cabin Rentals and approximately how long it takes to drive there.

Twain Harte & Tuolumne County Travel Planner Bible Things To Do In Tuolumne County

Local Resources Fire Medical

In Case of emergency dial 911 for FIRE MEDICAL POLICE

Emergency Room ER Hospital
Sonora Regional Medical Center
1000 Greenley Rd
Sonora, CA 95370
(209) 536-5000

Doctors Medical Center
Level II Trauma Center
1441 Florida AveModesto, CA 95350
(209) 578-1211

Walk in Clinic Urgent Care
Indian Rock Prompt Care
14540 Mono Way
Sonora, CA 95370
(209) 536-6680

Twain Harte Water & Sewer
(209) 586-3172
Tuolumne County Air Quality
Burn Day In Tuolumne County (209) 533-5598 It’s always ok to burn in fireplace.
Tuolumne County Tree Mortality Info Line (209) 533-6394
CA Forest Stewardship Program (800) 738-TREE or at ncsaf@mcn.orgTwain Harte Area Chamber of Commerce (209) 586-4482
Tuolumne County Chamber of Commerce (209) 532-4212
Tuolumne County Visitors Bureau (209) 533-4420
Twain Hare Homeowners
Twain Harte Rotary (209) 586-5860
Twain Harte Property Management (925) 963-2857
Report Poachers & Polluters 24/7 confidential (888) 334-2258
PG&E (800) 743-5000
Animal Control (209) 694-2730
Poison Control (800) 222-1222

You can buy a orange bag at Twain Harte Market for the price of $7.45. Then put that at the top of your driveway/road Sunday night or very early Monday morning. You must call Waste Management to order a pickup. The phone number is (209) 532-1413. They are open Mon Fri 7:30 am 4 pm.

The other option is you can drive the trash directly to the “dump”. A 35 gallon trash can is roughly $10.90. The address is:
Transfer Station
19309 Industrial Dr
Sonora, CA 95370
Mon Sun 8 am 4 PM
(209) 536-1719

Twain Harte, CA

Twain Harte Market 1.5 miles 6 minutes Directions

18711 Tiffeni Drive 209.586.6100

Twain Harte Market Store Hours: Mon — Thr 7am 8pm; Fri Sat 7am 9pm
Sunday 8am 8pm; Outdoor BBQ open 11am 6pm Friday & Saturday

Twain Harte Mini Golf .7 miles 3 minutes Directions

18 holes of miniature golf fun!

23098 Fuller Road, Twain Harte, CA (209) 586-5569.

Hours: Friday 5:00pm-8:30pm; Saturday Noon-8:30pm; and Sunday Noon-6:00pm.

Twain Heart Video Rentals 1.4 miles 5 minutes Directions

Yes video rentals are still a thing, at least in Twain Harte they are. Located right next to the Twain Harte Market, pick up some popcorn and chocolate.

18711 Tiffeni Drive, Twain Harte, CA 95383 (209) 586-1367

Twain Harte Lake .8 miles 4 minutes Directions

A small private lake for lake members only (access is included with Fun Cabin Rentals). You can rent lake bikes, and blow up your own floaties. Relax all day at the beach and grab a snack at the Snack Shack.

Brentwood Lake 1.7 miles 5 Min Directions
Small members only lake in Twain Harte Phone number (209) 586-9910

Sportsman Coffee Shop .8 miles 3 minutes Directions

Enjoy a delicious breakfast or cup of coffee at the Sportsman located downtown.

22978 Joaquin Gulley Road (209) 586-5448

Twain Harte Concert in the Pines .09 miles 4 minutes Directions

Happens every Saturday in the summer. Check out the schedule for details on who’s playing. We recommend putting your blankets and chairs out early for a good spot!

22901 Meadow Dr, Twain Harte, California 95383 209-586-4482

Twain Harte Movies in the Pines .09 miles 4 minutes Directions

Movies are shown throughout summer. Bundle up though! It gets cold!

22901 Meadow Dr, Twain Harte, California 95383 209-586-4482

Twain Harte Farmers Market .8 miles 15 minutes Directions

Fridays 3:30-6:00pm from June until September in Downtown Twain Harte

Twain Harte Lake Duck Races .8 miles 4 minutes Directions

Enjoy the winding down of summer at Twain Harte Lake with the duck races! Purchase a duck and watch your little ducky float to first place!

Usually in September. Check website for exact dates.

Twain Harte Lake Fishing So Much Fun For The Kids! .8 miles 4 minutes Directions

Kids only under 16 No fishing license needed.

Twain Harte Golf Course Reviews Twain Harte Golfing .3 miles 3 minutes Directions

Twain Harte Golf Club -22909 Meadow Lane Twain Harte, CA 95383

209 586-3131 18 hole course, full bar, restraunt, Banquet Room Facilities

Twain Harte Weather

7-Eleven of Twain Harte

22950 Joaquin Gulley, Twain Harte, CA 95383

(209) 586-1157 Only place in town open 24 hours

Paws Awhile Pet Grooming in Twain Harte California

Twain Harte California No Burn Day Information

Twain Harte Road Kill And Deer Removal

Twain Harte Community Yard Sale

Live Twain Harte Webcams

Wineries, Vineyards, Tasting Rooms and Breweries

Sierra Cellars Wine Tasting .7 miles 14 minutes Directions


Located right downtown, for $5 you get a sample of about 5 wines of your choosing. Come back another time and sample another 5. They only offer unique wines you can’t find anywhere else! Also try the chocolate wine!

La Bella Rosa 10.7 miles 20 minutes Directions

17990 Old Wards Ferry Road Sonora, CA 95370 209-533-8668

La Bella Rosa Vineyard offers wine tastings Saturday and Sunday from 12pm to 5pm. They offer the following Red Wines: Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Port, Merlot, Aglianico and White Wines: Chardonnay. Come sip win and wander through the incredible gardens on site. The gift shop offers delightful gifts and is open 12 to 5pm Saturday and Sunday.

Ironstone Vineyards 24.2 miles 35 minutes Directions

1894 Six Mile Road Murphys, CA 95247 209-728-1251

Visit Ironstone Vineyards to taste their delicious wines and stop at their deli for gourmet sandwiches, hot daily specials, salads, and home-made desserts. Pay just $5, and sample 5 wines. Complimentary Winery Tours start in the Tasting Room at 1:30 pm from Wednesday through Sunday. Ironstone Vineyard also hosts a number of concerts in a beautiful outdoor amphitheater in the middle of the Sierra Nevada Foothills. Visit FunCabinRental’s post about Ironstone for more information about 2016 summer concerts.

Ironstone Amphitheatre Lodging At Ironstone Vineyards And Winery

Black Sheep Winery 29 miles 45 minutes Directions

221 Main Street Murphys, CA 95247 (209) 728-2157

They specialize in zinfandel, Cabernet sauvignon, sauvignon blanc, and a special wine in celebration of the Frog Jumps in Calaveras county known as “True Frogs Lily Pad Red”. The Black Sheep Winery is open daily from 11am to 5pm in the charming yellow historic farmhouse on Main Street. Enjoy a glass of wine and then wander down the charming main street of Murphys.

MT Brow Winery 15.7 miles 23 minutes Directions

10850 Mt. Brow Rd., Sonora, CA 209 532-8491 Mt. Brow winery offers free wine tasting every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 to 5:00 PM

Family owned, the Costello Vineyard is run with a dream of Italy. The Costello family started planting grapes in 1993. Jim, Pam, Dennis, and Jeff each have their roles in the family business. Maybe this is why the wine is so good, because of the love. Perhaps it is Jim’s philosophy and God is using the Costellos and the land to make delicious wine. The Mt. Brow Winery has 1.5 acres of Merlot, 1 acre of Zinfandel and 4 acres of Sangiovese.

Gianelli Vineyards 14.3 miles 25 minutes Directions

12581 Algerine Road, Jamestown, CA 95327 209 984-1500

Anticipated to grow to 7,000 cases by 2015, the Gianelli Vineyards & Winery not only stands as a testament to the past, but is also a wonderful example of the successful balance one can achieve between old world traditions and modern day innovation. Ron & Lorie Gianelli have become pioneers in their industry, helping to pave the way for other Californian growers who are interested in planting European varietals that have been too long neglected in the American marketplace. As their winery and vineyards continue to thrive, their hope is to educate their fellow vintners and the public about the wonderful, expressive character of Italian varietals grown here in the Sierra Foothills.

Tasting Room Hours: Monday-Thursday: 1:00 5:00; Friday: 1:00 6:00; Saturday: 12:00 6:00; Sunday: 12:00 5:00

Stevenot Winery 31 miles 50 minutes Directions

2690 San Domingo Road Murphys, CA 95247 (209) 728-0638 and 458 Main Street Murphys, CA 95247 (209) 728-0148.

Since 1973, they have been making delicious wines such as Chardonnay and Orange Muscat to Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Zinfandel, Merlot, and the newest flavor Tempranillo. The Stevenot Winery Philosophy is: “I consider blending to be the true art of the winemaker. My goal is to arrive at a wine that is greater than the sum of its parts to transcend varietal expression and create a distinctive wine that incorporates the finest elements of its component parts without speaking with one dominant voice. Blending is the only way to create a truly layered, complex flavor profile.”

Chaton Vineyards 26.5 miles 38 minutes Directions

1969 Hwy 4, Douglas Flat, CA 95229 209.736.6500 Open 11-5 daily.

Chatom Vineyards is nestled in the breathtaking Esmeralda Valley of the Sierra Foothills in Calaveras County. The valley was originally planted with low field crops, fruits and nut trees. Today, the vineyard boasts 13 varietals planted on 65 acres, including Chardonnay, Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, Syrah, Sangiovese and 5 Portuguese varietals.

Milliaire Winery In Murphys California miles Directions

Golf Courses & Country Clubs

Mountain Springs Golf Course and Club 13.1 miles 20 minutes Directions

17566 Lime Kiln Road Sonora, CA 95370 (209) 532-1000

Saddle Creek Resort and Golf Club 32.4 miles 44 minutes Directions

1001 Saddle Creek Drive Copperopolis, CA 95228 209.785.7400

Sequoia Club Golf Club and Country Club 40.8 miles 1 hour 4 minutes Directions


Forest Meadows Golf Course 34.4 miles 52 minutes Directions

633 Forest Meadows Drive Murphys, CA 95247 (209) 728-3439

Greenhorn Creek Golf Club 29.6 miles 46 minutes Directions

711 McCauley Ranch Rd Angels Camp, CA 95222

Phoenix Lake Golf Course and Club 7.8 miles 16 minutes Directions

21448 Paseo de los Portales, Sonora, California 95370 (209) 532-0111

Pine Mountain Lake Golf Course 34.4 miles 47 minutes Directions

19228 Pine Mountain Drive Groveland, CA 95321 (209)962-8600

Don Pedro Golf Course and Country Club 44.8 miles 56 minutes Directions

21980 Springfield Road, Sonora, California 95370 888-525-5152

Twain Harte Golf Course Reviews Twain Harte Golfing .3 miles 3 minutes Directions

Twain Harte Golf Club -22909 Meadow Lane Twain Harte, CA 95383

209 586-3131 18 hole course, full bar, restraunt, Banquet Room Facilities

Theater, Movies, and Arts

Sierra Repertory Theater 8.2 miles 13 minutes Directions

13891 Mono Way Sonora, CA 95370 (209)-532-3120

Stage 3 Theater 11.3 miles 17 minutes Directions

208 S. Green St. Sonora, CA 95370 (209) 536-1778

Sonora Movie Theater 9.5 miles 15 minutes Directions

Regal Cinema Sonora 10 901 Sanguinetti Road, Sonora, CA 95370 (844) 462-7342

DVD Movie Rentals, Playstation, XBox, Etc.

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Bowling Alleys And Arcades

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Bingo, Card Rooms, Casinos and Gambling

Chicken Ranch Casino 15.5 miles 20 minutes Directions

16929 Chicken Ranch Road, Jamestown, California 95327 (209) 984-3000

Black Oak Casino 7.1 miles 13 minutes Directions

19400 Tuolumne Rd N, Tuolumne, CA 95379 (877) 747-8777

Jackson Rancheria Casino Hotel Concerts Coupons RV Park and Buffet 57 miles 1 hour 15 minutes Directions

10690 Dalton Road, Jackson, CA 95642


Ski Resorts, Snowboarding, Snowmobiling, Sledding, and Ice Skating

Dodge Ridge Ski Area 22.7 miles 37 minutes Directions

1 Dodge Ridge Road, Pinecrest, CA 95364 209-965-3474 Monday Sunday from 9:00 am 4:00 pm (lift hours)

Bear Valley Ski Resort 70.1 miles 1 hour 34 minutes Directions

2280 State Route 207, Bear Valley, CA 95223

Long Barn Ice Skating Rink 8.7 miles 16 minutes- Directions

25957 Long Barn Road, Long Barn, CA 95335 (209) 586-3533

Leland Snow Park and Leland High Sierra Snow Play 25.4 miles 41 minutes Directions

34033 Leland Meadow Road, Pinecrest, CA 95364 209.965.4719


Oakdale Rodeo 42.8 miles 47 minutes Directions

Located in the Cowboy capitol of the world, Oakdale has an awesome lineup of bucking broncos and your traditional rodeo events! Not to be missed!

Second Weekend in April (209) 847 4083

Whitewater Rafting

Knights Ferry Rafting by Sunshine Rafting Adventures 32.4 miles 37 minutes Directions

Sierra Mac River Rafting Trips 46.2 miles 57 minutes Directions


Zephyr Whitewater River Rafting 46.4 miles 1 hour Directions

27890 California 120, Groveland, CA 95321 800-431-3636

Gold Mines, Zip Lines, Gold Panning, Cave And Cavern Tours

Black Chasm Caverns 65.9 miles 1 hour and 30 minutes Directions

15701 Pioneer Volcano Road, Volcano, CA 95689 1-866-762-2837

Gold Cliff Mine 27.1 miles 41 minutes Directions

866 -762-2837

Moaning Caverns 24.9 miles 40 minutes Directions


California Caverns Cave Tours In Mountain Ranch 49.2 miles 1 hour and 11 minutes Directions


Gold Panning In Jamestown California

Sutter Gold Mine In Sutter Creek California

Currently Closed


Ghost Towns And Historic Towns

Bodie Ghost Town 108 miles 3 hours 11 minutes Directions

Bodie State Historic Park Bridgeport, CA 93517 (760) 647-6445 March 1st to the Friday before Memorial Day: 10:00am to 3:00pm OR AS POSTED; Saturday before Memorial Day to Mid-September: 8:00am to 6:00pm OR AS POSTED; Mid-September to Mid-October: 8:00am to 4:00pm OR AS POSTED; Mid-October to October 31st: 10:00am to 3:00pm OR AS POSTED
November 1st to the end of February: 10:00am to 3:00pm OR AS POSTED

Columbia State Park 15.7 miles 25 minutes Directions

Columbia State Historic Park takes you back to the peak of the gold rush! Enjoy a sarsaparilla, pan for gold, take a stagecoach journey but watch out for bandits, and check out all the unique things to do!
Columbia State Historic Park 11255 Jackson Street, Columbia, CA 95310 (209) 984-3953

Horseback Riding

Aspen Meadows Pack Station 24.4 miles 42 minutes Directions

Crabtree Road, Pinecrest, CA 95364 (209) 965-3402

Hiking Trails

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Everything You Need to Know Before You Visit Yosemite National Park 84 miles 2 hours Directions
Amazing National Park. Yosemite has many several different entrances. Be sure to call to make sure they are open. Directions are only to the Yosemite Valley. Driving in farther can take a lot longer. Expect lots of traffic.

Steam Train Engine Excursions Rides and Tours

Railtown 1897 13.2 miles 19 minutes Directions

Open Daily (April-October, 9:30am-4:30pm; November-March, 10am-3pm); Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day; Trains operate every Saturday and Sunday from April-October, 10:30am, 12:00pm, 1:30pm & 3:00pm

10501 Reservoir Road
Jamestown, CA 95327

State and Federal Parks And Monuments

California Big Trees State Park 43.6 miles 1 hour Directions

1170 East State Highway 4, Arnold, CA 95223

Misc. Attractions

Covers Apple Ranch 7.1 miles 13 minutes Directions

(209) 928-4689 Open Weekdays from 6am to 6pm and Saturday 8am to 5pm. Closed on Sunday.

Sierra Glen Apple Ranch 5.5 miles 14 minutes Directions

15665 Big Hill Rd Sonora, CA 95370

Phone number (209) 532-2534

Mullins Farms In Valley Springs California


Lakes, Rivers, Boating, Camping, Fishing, Hunting

Emigrant Wilderness

Lyons Reservoir and Damn 9 miles 33 minutes Directions

S Fork Rd and Forest Rte 4No2

Springfield Trout Farm 15.1 miles 23 minutes Directions

21980 Springfield Road, Sonora, California 95370 209-532-4623

Hoover Wilderness 101 miles 2 hours and 50 minutes Directions

Bridgeport, CA 93517 (760) 932-7070

Beardsley Lake 34 miles 1 hour and 6 minutes Directions

Beardsley Reservoir Rd (408) 733-9296

Pardee Lake Reservoir Directions

4900 Stony Creek Road Ione, CA 95640-9439 (209) 772-1472

Pinecrest Lake 19.7 miles 30 minutes Directions

421 Pinecrest Lake Road, Pinecrest, CA 95364 (209)965-3333

Cherry Lake 40.4 miles 1 hour 36 minutes Directions

Forest Rte 1No4 (209) 532-3671

Lake Comanche 62.8 miles 1 hour 25 minutes Directions

2000 Comanche Road Ione, CA 95640 (866) 763 5121.

New Hogan Lake 50.4 miles 1 hour 12 minutes Directions

2713 Hogan Dam Rd. Valley Springs, Ca. 95252 1-877-444-6777

Lake McClure and Lake McSwain 64.2 miles 1 hour 22 minutes Directions

209-378-2611 (Barrett Cove)

There are five major recreation areas at Lakes McClure and McSwain: Lake McSwain, McClure Point, Barrett Cove, Horseshoe Bend and Bagby to enjoy the following activities: Houseboating, RV Camping, Tent Camping, Fishing, Boating, Water Skiing, Watercrafting, Windsurfing, Hang Gliding, Wildlife Viewing, Swimming, Sailing, Picnicking, and Nature walks. Because the average water temperature is around 80 degrees and the temperature in the summer can reach into the 90s and 100s in the summer, Lake McClure and Lake McSwain are especially ideal for water activities.

Special Events

Lake Don Pedro Fireworks Show 46.2 miles 1 hour and 1 minute Directions

Come relax on shore or take your boat out on the beautiful water!

Mother Lode Fair 12.5 miles 17 minutes Directions

July 8-10, 2016

Enjoy music, rides, food, and entertainment.

220 Southgate Drive, Sonora, CA 95370 (209)-532-7428

Oktoberfest .8 miles 13 minutes Directions

October 1-2, 2016

Grab your leiderhosen and a pint of some great beer with great entertainment!

Columbia Wine Tasting Event 15.7 miles 25 minutes Directions

Columbia State Historic Park 11255 Jackson Street, Columbia, CA 95310 209-588-5089

The Columbia Wine Tasting Event occurs in early to mid April. Check the website for official dates.

Columbia Gold Rush Days 15.7 miles 25 minutes Directions

Wander through an 1850s gold rush town where you’ll meet the people who panned for gold and hear their stories.

Columbia Historic Gold Rush Town (209)-588-9128

Calaveras County Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee 25 miles 36 minutes Directions
A lovely county fair with frog jumps, rodeo, demolition derby & more.

Twain Harte Dog Parade

Royal Flush Crapper Derby in Twain Harte
Porta-Potty Racing

Summer Arts and Wine Festival .6 miles 13 minutes Directions

July 23 and 24, 2016

Located in downtown Twain Harte near Twain Harte Miniature Golf. Enjoy wine tasting while browsing local artisan booths for that special something.

Sonora Music Festival 12.5 miles 18 minutes Directions

November 25, 26, and 27, 2016.

Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora, California (209)-533-3473

This event used to be a separate music festival, however it is now the Sonora Christmas Craft and Music Festival.

Open 10am to 5pm Friday & Saturday
10am to 4pm Sunday

Strawberry Music Festival 134 miles 2 hours 58 minutes Directions

Setember 1-5, 2016

Nevada County Fairgrounds 11228 McCourtney Road Grass Valley, CA 95949 Spring 2016 Festival May 26th-30th

Logging Museum and Sierra Nevada Logging Jamboree 41.5 miles 1 hour 3 minutes Directions


Thursday through Sunday
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
(April to December)

Sierra Quilt Guild 23nd Annual Quilts & Threads Show 12.5 miles 17 minutes Directions

September 16, 17, and 18th, 2016

Mother Lode Festival 220 Southgate Drive, Sonora, CA 95370

Shrimp Feed 29.3 miles 47 minutes Directions

Usually in August, but check website for exact dates.

505 Algiers Street in Downtown Murphys

Poison Oak Show 15.7 miles 25 minutes Directions

Usually in September, but check out website for exact dates.

11255 Jackson Street, Columbia, CA 93210 (209) 533-4656

49er Festival and Chili Cook-off 33.4 miles 45 minutes Directions

Usually in September. Check website for exact dates.

Downtown Groveland

Sonora Bach Festival 15.7 miles 25 minutes Directions

This festival isn’t just one day, but ever weekend throughout October with a different event each weekend. See website for specifics details.

Columbia State Historic Park 11255 Jackson Street, Columbia, CA 95310 (209) 536-6330

Normal Golden Retriever Rescue Playday .8 miles 15 minutes Directions

Eproson Park 22901 Meadow Dr Twain Harte, California 95383

See website for more details.

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