Set along the forests of Mother Lode, the 3.1-mile (4.9-kilometer) long Dragoon Gulch Trail features several paths. This scenic trail can be accessed through Woods Creek Trailhead and Alpine Trailhead. Hike along this pathway and explore the region’s stunning flora and fauna. With shaded paths, this trail is perfect for children and pets.
This scenic recreation area makes for an ideal getaway for those seeking a respite from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Set on the banks of the eponymous lake, Turlock Lake State Recreation Area not only makes for exhilarating camping excursions, but also delights visitors with its water-oriented recreational features. Go swimming in the scenic lake or row along its tranquil channel as you bask in the vistas surrounding the state park. Owing to the diverse wildlife habitats which thrive in the area, wildlife viewing and birdwatching are also popular activities here.
Located in Murphys Downtown area, Murphys Community Park is a great place to unfold with your family and friends. A beautiful creek runs across this park covered with the shade of huge trees towering over it. It has a gazebo, a playground, and many picnic tables for visitors to enjoy. The park frequently hosts concerts, weddings, and other private events too.
Away from the city's hustle, Fisherman's Cove located in the Pine Mountain Lake area is a perfect place to spend your weekend with your friends or family. Surrounded by luscious green trees and a peaceful atmosphere, the place is ideal for picnics. Go fishing or simply relax at the shoreline with your favorite book and coffee.
A town established in old, gold rush days, Groveland is a nature lover's paradise. The close proximity to Yosemite National Park makes it the perfect place for hikes around town. A drink at the Bourbon Bar in the historic Groveland Hotel is a must, while one can learn all about the town's history at Groveland Yosemite Gateway Museum. Oenophiles should book a wine tasting session at Yosemite Cellars to complete the Groveland experience.
Located in close proximity to Groveland proper, this picturesque lake and the community centered around it lie amidst nature's scenic embrace. Come dawn, an iridescent cloak settles over Pine Mountain Lake's pristine surface and come dusk, hues of blue and indigo streak its mesmerizing expanse. The lake draws outdoor enthusiasts in droves, especially those inclined to water sports such as swimming and boating.
Natural Bridges is one of the best-kept secrets in Calaveras County. This natural wonder comprises a series of spectacular limestone caverns, which appear like they have dropped straight from paradise to earth. Halos of light create a gamut of colors on the ocher walls of the moss-laden caves, right from deep violet and indigo to a sparkling and mystical blue. The water of Coyote Creek flowing through the caverns appears surreal. In fact, the caves have formed because of the force of the creek's swiftly flowing water. The two-mile (3.2 kilometer) Natural Bridges Hiking Trail is a favorite hike with locals, and runs through mountainous forests, mossy rocks and caves.