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Top 20 attractions you must visit in Calaveras County

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About Calaveras County

Calaveras is the Spanish word for skulls; the county was reportedly named for the remains of Native Americans discovered by the Spanish explorer Captain Gabriel Moraga.

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Altaville Grammar School125 N Main St, Angels Camp, CA 95222, USA
Old Ruins

The Altaville Grammar School in Altaville, California is one of the oldest grammar schools in California. It was built in 1858 of brick in the Greek Revival style and remained in use until 1950, when it was replaced by the Mark Twain Elementary School in Altaville. After its abandonment, it fell into disrepair, but was restored in 1989 by the Calaveras County Historical Society. The building serves now as an example of a typical schoolroom of the 19th century.

California Cavern State Historic Landmark9565 Cave City Rd, Mountain Ranch, CA 95246, USA

Originally called Mammoth Cave, California Cavern was California’s first show cave and is its longest cavern system. The cavern walking tour takes you through several passageways into multiple chambers on a trail system. On the way, you’ll see a wide variety of beautiful white, cream and caramel colored crystalline cave formations including stalactites, stalagmites, cave popcorn, flowstones and helictites.

Historic Calaveras County Courthouse30 Main St, San Andreas, CA 95249, USA
Iconic Buildings
Old Ruins

The Calaveras County Courthouse is a historic courthouse building in San Andreas, California. The brick courthouse was built in 1867 and contained the county's courtroom, jail, and sheriff's office; until 1888, executions were also conducted in the building. The Calaveras County Courthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places on February 28, 1972.

Hunter ReservoirHunter Reservoir, California 95247, USA
Lake/ River/ Ponds

Hunter Reservoir is a reservoir in Calaveras County and has an elevation of 3202 feet. It is located in a picturesque location and is also a popular recreational location.

Lake Tulloch 3566 Spangler Ln #3, Copperopolis, CA 95228, USA
Lake/ River/ Ponds

A beautiful lake located in Copperopolis, California, is one of the few lakes in California that has private shoreline houses. The lake provides a variety of recreation uses for visitors and residents, including boating, fishing, swimming, and camping. At South Lake Tulloch RV Campground and Marina, there are 130 waterfront sites that include, lakefront cabins, RV campgrounds with 50 amp hook up service, tent sites with water, picnic tables.

Mercer Caverns1665 Sheep Ranch Rd, Murphys, CA 95247, USA
Outdoors- Other
Theme Parks

This is a show cave located in Calaveras county. It is named after the gold prospector Walter J. Mercer who discovered the caves around 1885 and filed a claim. It is formed in a marble unit known as the Calaveras Formation. It also contains a large display of aragonite frostwork. The standard tour of the cave descends 160 feet, 208 steps down and 232 up in a traverse between the natural and an artificial entrance.

Moaning Caverns Adventure Park5350 Moaning Cave Rd, Vallecito, CA 95251, USA
Outdoors- Other
Theme Parks

Moaning Caverns is a solutional cave located in Calaveras County, California, near Vallecito, California in the heart of the state's Gold Country. It is developed in the marble of the Calaveras Formation. It was discovered in modern times by gold miners in 1851. One can visit this place and can understand the things in this cave. not at all a tour, it is a little bit adventurous too.

Murphys (California Historical Landmark No. 275)Jones St &, Main St, Murphys, CA 95247, USA
Outdoors- Other

This is an unincorporated village located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains in Calaveras County, California, United States. A former gold mining settlement, the main street today is lined with over two dozen wine tasting rooms and surrounded by local vineyards. Nearby attractions include Calaveras Big Trees State Park, Bear Valley Ski Resort and historic Mercer Caverns. The world's largest crystalline gold leaf is displayed just south of town at Ironstone Vineyards.

Murphys Community Park505 Algiers St, Murphys, CA 95247, USA

A beautiful public park located in the heart of Calaveras and This park holds fun musical events here (known as “First Fridays“) on the first Friday of the month from June through to the beginning of September.The park is also a beautiful place to hold your wedding or special event.

Natural Bridges TrailheadParrotts Ferry Rd, Vallecito, CA 95251, USA
1 Day Treks

This is a beautiful two-mile round trip hike will lead you to spectacular limestone caverns that have been carved out by Coyote Creek which feeds into New Melones Lake.

New Hogan DamNew Hogan Dam, Valley Springs, CA 95252, USA

New Hogan Dam is an embankment dam on the Calaveras River, a tributary of the San Joaquin River in central California. The dam lies east of Rancho Calaveras and impounds New Hogan Lake in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada.

New Hogan LakeNew Hogan Lake, California, USA
Lake/ River/ Ponds
Adventure Sports- Other

This is an artificial lake in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada which was formed by the New Hogan Dam. The surrounding of this lake is a perfect place for camping, water sports, fishing, hiking, mountain biking and more.

New Melones DamNew Melones Dam, Angels Camp, CA 95222, USA

New Melones Dam is an earth and rock filled embankment dam on the Stanislaus River, about 5 miles west of Jamestown, California, United States, on the border of Calaveras County and Tuolumne County. The water impounded by the 625-foot-tall dam forms New Melones Lake, California's fourth largest reservoir, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada east of the San Joaquin Valley.

New Melones Lake 6503 Glory Hole Rd, Angels Camp, CA 95222, USA
Lake/ River/ Ponds

New Melones Lake is a reservoir on the Stanislaus River in the central Sierra Nevada foothills, within Calaveras County and Tuolumne County, California. This Lake provides irrigation water, hydroelectric power, flood control, and wildlife habitat. Recreation uses include fishing, camping, and boating within the Glory Hole Recreation Area and Tuttletown Recreation Area.

North Fork Stanislaus RiverNorth Fork Stanislaus River, California, USA
Lake/ River/ Ponds

The North Fork Stanislaus River is a 31.2-mile tributary of the Stanislaus River in the central Sierra Nevada and Stanislaus National Forest of eastern California. The North Fork Stanislaus River provides outstanding opportunities for experienced whitewater enthusiasts. Boaters may paddle a five-mile, Class IV stretch of the river between Sourgrass, near Dorrington, and Calaveras Big Trees State Park, just east of Arnold.

North GroveNorth Grove, California 95223, USA
Outdoors- Other

North Grove Campground is located in the heart of Calaveras Big Trees State Park, close to the North Grove of Giant Sequoias and the Visitor Center.The grove has a low density of sequoias and is mostly a typical Sierra pine forest with a few sequoias scattered around. However, the pines are themselves fine-looking old-growth, straight and tall. The trail is a relatively short and flat loop that meanders through the grove showing off some of the biggest trees in the world.

Sierra Nevada Logging Museum2148 Dunbar Rd, Arnold, CA 95223, USA

This is a museum dedicated to preserving the history of logging in the Sierra Nevada region. This Museum tells the history of loggers and logging-related industries in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California.

Stanislaus National Forest5519 CA-4, Murphys, CA 95247, USA

The Stanislaus National Forest is a U.S. National Forest managing 898,099 acres of land in four counties. Located between Lake Tahoe and Yosemite, the Forest landscape is a continuum of natural and scenic beauty that defines the Sierra. Amid soaring crests, sparkling mountain lakes, towering forests, and canyons carved by cool rushing rivers, visitors discover connections with nature and the spirit of the Sierra Nevada.

Tulloch DamTulloch Dam, Jamestown, CA 95327, USA

Tulloch Dam is a hydroelectric dam on the Stanislaus River in central California. The dam is part of the Stanislaus River Tri-Dam project cooperatively owned by the Oakdale and South San Joaquin Irrigation Districts, and was completed in 1958. It serves mainly for irrigation purposes but also has a power station with a capacity of 18 megawatts. The dam is located just downstream of the New Melones Dam and upstream of the Goodwin Dam.

White Pines LakeWhite Pines Lake, California 95223, USA
Lake/ River/ Ponds

A small and beautful lake often overlooked by visitors scurrying up to Big Trees State Park or Lake Alpine. Only a mile from Arnold, the lake makes a great family destination for fishing, picnicking, or just taking the kids to a playground.The lake is open year round and holds 260 acre-feet of water when full. The lake doesn't freeze over during a normal winter.

Map of attractions in Calaveras County