Tuolumne County is an adventure four seasons long and a place where there is always more to do then you have time for. Once home to the Mi-Wuk Indians, Sonora was changed forever by the discovery of gold in 1848. In its Gold Rush heyday, Sonora was a cosmopolitan (and often lawless) settlement, attracting people from around the world. Incorporated in 1851, Sonora still holds vestiges of its frontier days that can be seen on any downtown street as you shop the many new boutiques.

In Jamestown you can see steam trains and right along with the ghosts of past movies that have been filmed here. Visit Columbia, a former gold rush camp and home of the Columbia State Historic Park with its perfectly restored 1850 – 1870 appearance. Groveland is one of the counties earliest towns, whose many historic buildings are still in use today (located on the highway 120 gateway to Yosemite). Dodge Ridge, Yosemite National Park and the Stanislaus National Forest Are all nearby with things to do from any for gold, fishing, boating, river rafting and hiking to horseback riding, climbing, downhill and cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.

Whether you are stealing a few hours, or spending a leisurely weekend, the California Gold Country has treasures both old and new to keep you intrigued and entertained. In each and every gold-rush town, specialty shops, fine art galleries, unique restaurants and local theatre line the historic covered sidewalks; in the high country, scenic rivers and majestic mountains offer skiing, cycling and white-water adventures year-round. Follow your heart – in Tuolumne County.

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