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Our area is the heart of the historic California Gold Country. Grass Valley, Nevada City, and surrounding communities have beautifully preserved the historic flavor from the Gold Rush days. Visit gold mines, homes of mining entrepreneurs, foundries, railroad museums and other mining museums. Grass Valley and Nevada City have received a Cultural District designation from the state of California acknowledging our unique history, cultural assets, and vibrant arts and performing arts community. Visiting Western Nevada County is a rich and memorable experience.

Located in the beautiful Sierra Foothills, hiking, boating, horseback riding and much more are at your doorstep. Local farmers, ranches, and vineyards provide organic and locally grown fruits, vegetables, meats, wines and more! Visit one of our many farmers’ markets for a delicious flavor of our community. The Visitors Guide provides highlights of these treats and more!

Pocket-sized Visitor Guides and Calendar of Events are mailed free of charge. To request a Visitors Guide or Calendar of Events by mail, please call the Visitors Center at (530) 273-4667 or send us a request by email. Visitor Information, Relocation Information, and Phone Books may be picked up at the Chamber office.

The Grass Valley Visitors Center is open 6 days a week. Hours of Operation: Monday: 11 am to 3:00 pm; Tuesday through Friday: 11 am to 4 pm; Saturday: 11 am to 3:00 pm. Federal Holidays: 11 am to 3:00 pm.

The Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center is located at 128 E. Main Street in downtown Grass Valley. We look forward to seeing you!

Places to Stay

Places to Dine

Download our 2019 – 2020 Visitors Guide.

The Greater Grass Valley Chamber is happy to provide you with a Visitor Guide for Grass Valley and Nevada County.

Request Visitor Guide by email or call (530) 273-4667.

The Visitors Guide contains information about historic sites, recreation, arts and entertainment, lodging, dining, and events.

Click on the links below for the Walking Tour PDF’s

Grass Valley Walking Tour
Nevada City Walking Tour
Fall Colors Walking Tour

Parks Near Grass Valley and Nevada City

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Grass Valley and Nevada City Area Trails

The forests and woodlands surrounding Grass Valley and Nevada City are full of many awe-inspiring hiking, biking and equestrian trails. The Bear Yuba Land Trust is very happy to offer detailed maps, GPS coordinates and reviews of our exciting trails.

Download a printable version of the map here.

BYLT_trails_reference_map_main1. Alan Thiesen Trail
2. Chicago Park Trails
A. Narrow Gauge Railroad Trail
B. Park and Walk Trail
3. Bailey Trail
4. Condon Park Trails
5. Empire Mine SHP Trails
A. Union Hill Trails
6. Kenny Ranch Trails
7. Litton Trail
8. Loma Rica Trail
9. Memorial – Empire Trail
10. Orene Wetherall Trail
11. Rattlesnake Ridge Trail
12. Cascade Canal Trail
13. Deer Creek Environs Trail
14. Deer Creek Tribute Trail
A. Deer Creek Tribute Trail East
B. Deer Creek Tribute Trail West
15. Hirschman Trail
16. Nevada City Airport Trails
17. Nevada City Cohousing
18. Nevada Co. Gov. Center Trails
19. Newtown Ditch Trail
20. Rotary Club Miners Trail
21. Snow Mountain Ditch Trail
22. Penn Valley Bike Trail
23. Western Gateway Pk-Fitness Trail
24. SYRSP – Bridgeport Trails
25. SYRSP – 49 Crossing Trails
A. Independence Trail West
B. Independence Trail East
C. Hoyt Trail
26. SYRSP – Malakoff Diggins Trails
27. SYT – Purdon to Edwards
28. SYT – Edwards to S. Yuba Cgd
29. SYT – S. Yuba Cgd to Missouri Bar
30. Spring Creek Trail
31. Round Mountain Trail
32. Scotts Flat Reservoir Trail
33. Lone Grave Trail
34. Humbug Creek Trail
35. Missouri Bar Trail

Your Content Goes Herescotts_flat_FHScotts Flat Lake Campground is the premier Nevada County destination for outdoor fun and activities. Open year-round, we are conveniently located between Sacramento and Lake Tahoe.

Whether planning a week-long stay or just passing through, you are sure to enjoy your stay! Both tent camping and RV camping, as well as day use for fishing, swimming and boating and more, are available at Scotts Flat Lake Campground.

Off Highway 20 east of Nevada City.

Fishing for the fighting rainbow trout is excellent and Small and Large Mouth Black Bass, Brown Trout and Kokonee are abundan. Catchable Brown Trout planted yearly, repopulating Kokanee Salmon. Brown Trout, large and small mouth Bass, Bullhead, Perch, and Sunfish. (530) 265-5302
18848 State Hwy. 20, Nevada City 95959

Complete boating facilities are featured including boat with motor rentals, concrete boat launching ramp buoy moorings, and gas and oil. Open land boat and trailer storage space is also available.

Visit the Marina Store for all of your boating or fishing needs including pre-mixed gas. A very picturesque picnic area with swimming, beaches, bar-b-que grills and tables are available for day use. A well stocked store, flush toilets and hot showers, and a playground are nearby to supply all of your needs. The facility also offers ice and a laundromat!

Spend the day fishing or enjoy the water sports which include swimming, boating and water skiing. Relax in peace in the beautiful surroundings or take a hike through a wooded forest.

Winters are mild, although we do occasionally get some snow. This makes our location ideal for visiting Nevada County for our many winter festivals and fairs. Winter brings Cornish Christmas to Grass Valley and Victorian Christmas to Nevada City.

Spring with it’s wild flowers and new baby animals is pleasure to experience, and Scotts Flat Lake is not to be beat for enjoying this new emergence!

Beautiful fall colors and gorgeous scenery make this a truly four-season vacation land!

Saturday night is Kid’s night with kid friendly movies playing!
There are also plenty of hiking and biking trails nearby!

Scotts Flat Recreation Area is the ideal place to spend your vacation! The devoted and caring staff, makes every effort to exceed your expectations for your vacation!

lake_bowman_FHPlanted rainbows and browns with some large resident browns. Boat fishing and trolling are best but fishing the shallower, east end from shore is a good bet.

On Highway 20, about 23 miles east of Nevada City and 4.6 miles west of the I-80/Highway 20 intersection, take Bowman Road north. Drive about 16 miles to the lake. All but the last 4 miles are paved. To the lake overlook at the dam, the road access is drivable by sedans, but SUVs are best along the last climb to the top of the dam.

Beyond the dam, the road is labeled as a 4WD road, but SUVs with some driving skills to dodge rocks is fine. Definitely, to drop down to the first boat launch ramp, a larger vehicle with some clearance is best.

In fact, this is a county road and is usually drivable by SUVs all the way east to the paved road at Jackson Meadows Reservoir. But it can get eaten up in spots from high waters and is a mess until it has been repaired.

Bowman Campground has a Campground. Bowman Lake Campground is a very remote campground with limited services. The road to access is very rough, rocky, and narrow. Bowman Lake is a large, beautiful lake surrounded by rocky cliffs and scattered pines. A few islands are found within the lake.

There is no boat launch facility at Bowman Lake.

fuller_lake_FHOff Bowman Road. Catchable Rainbow Trout planted yearly, some Brown Trout, good access for bank fishing.

Fuller Lake is a reservoir located just 20.4 miles from Nevada City, in Nevada County, in the state of California, United States, near Langs (historical), CA. Whether you’re baitcasting, fly fishing or spinning your chances of getting a bite here is good. So grab your favorite fly fishing rod and reel, and head out to Fuller Lake.

To find this fishing spot check the map shown above or enter 39.3449 latitude, and -120.65076 longitude into your GPS device. View Fuller Lake Topo Map.

And please remember to check with the local Fish and Wildlife department to ensure the reservoir is open to the public, and that you have the necessary fishing license. Now, what are you waiting for, get fishing!

lake_spaulding_FHOff Hwy. 20 near I-80 at Spaulding Road. Fingerling Rainbow and Brown Trout planted. Native Rainbows, Browns and Brook Trout, Carp and Pond Smelt.

Bear River: Hwy. 20 near Bowman Road.

Lake Spaulding California can be reached from Lake Tahoe by taking Highway 89 to Interstate 80, following it west to the Highway 20 exit toward Nevada City. Continue for 2.3 miles and turn right to follow this paved road for 0.5 miles.

The season to visit Lake Spaulding is from mid-May through mid-October.

Contact information:
PG & E Regional Land Department: 916-386-5164;

Day Use: $7/vehicle
Boat Launch: $10
Campsite: $20/night

This lake is a popular destination for boating, with powerboats, rowboats, canoes, jet skis and sailboats permitted on the water. For a small fee, you can launch from the ramp and get out there in the summer sun.

Anglers fish from either boat or shore to find large browns and rainbows. Boat fishing is the most productive here, but all fishing is rated good.
The Spaulding Lake Trail is a marvelous 5-mile moderate hike, taking you along the northern shore of the lake, following an old railroad-logging route. Perfect if you want to see amazing wildflowers in bloom from May to June.
Lake Spaulding Campground provides only basic amenities, but 25 sites are available for tents (RVs are only allowed in overflow area by boat launch). There are vault toilets and drinking water. The forested setting is marvelous and the fresh air divine. First come, first serve only and typically open from mid-May through mid-October.
Fun Facts:
Lake Spaulding was originally created in 1912 for use in hydraulic mining.

rollins_lake_FHRollins Lake may be accessed from Colfax Highway (174) by taking Greenhorn Access Road. Rollins Lake has 26 miles of shoreline. The two large fingers of the lake are perfect for water skiing, while the calm coves are fishing havens. To the delight of anglers, Bass, German Brown, Catfish, Crappie, Perch, and Bluegill are abundant in Rollins Lake. The lake is stocked regularly with Rainbow Trout (no live minnows please). For the safety and enjoyment of all using the lake, please obey the California Regulations regarding boating and fishing.

Rollins Lake: (530) 272-6100 day licenses are available online at:

Rollins Lake has 66,000 acre feet of water when full with a surface area of 840 acres and 22 miles of shoreline. The lake has a maximum depth of 270 feet near the dam and features a thermocline where trout can thrive during the summer. The lake is fed from the Bear River and Greenhorn Creek.

Peninsula Campground offers a day use fishing area from the shore, as well as lakeside campsites that provide around-the-clock fishing enjoyment. The Store carries mini and large nightcrawlers, meal worms, frozen chicken livers and clams, and an assortment of fishing tackle. Our Marina offers 14ft Klamath aluminum fishing boats with 8 hp motors.

We encourage parents and children to come to the store to have their picture taken with their prize catch of the day. We’d love to be able to put the picture on our website.

Brown Trout: Fishing is best in December-April and fall for the two-eight pound range. Troll Rebels, Rapalas, and other lures in gold/orange and black and silver off points near the dam and in Bear River.

Rainbow Trout: Action is most productive in spring and summer for trollers and bait anglers fishing in Bear River and Greenhorn Creek.

Bass: Spotted, Smallmouth, and Largemouth Bass offer excellent action in spring, summer and fall mornings and evenings. Fish crankbaits and plastic worms off rocky points.

Catfish: Bite bait in summer and fall. Use clams, chicken livers, and nightcrawlers (or whatever you had for dinner) in coves.

Bluegill and Crappie: They can be caught in grassy coves and around docks and trees on bait and small jigs during spring and summer and early Fall.

lake_englebright_FHNestled in the steep Yuba River canyon of the Sierra Nevada foothills, this location offers a unique boat-in camping experience, several species of sports fish, abundant wildlife, and year-round water-based recreational activities for enthusiasts and families alike. Located between Grass Valley and Yuba City off State Route 20.

Englebright Lake is a great lake for trout fishing. The best times are late fall, winter, and early spring.  DFG stocks the lake on a regular basis from the day use area.  The houseboat marina holds a lot of fish after the lake is stocked.

Fish –
Bass: Largemouth, Bass: Smallmouth, Bluegill, Salmon: Kokanee, Trout: Brook
Trout: Steelhead (Rainbow).

Englebright Lake offers a pleasant experience for day users and picnickers.
There are multiple types of experiences available:

• Boat In:
Bring your own boat or rent one at the marina to experience all that Englebright Lake has to offer. There are literally hundreds of places to stop and explore including sandy beaches, rocky bluffs, sloping meadows, waterfalls, stream and waterfall hikes, walks to the Covered Bridge at Bridgeport, bathing in the warm waters of the South Fork of the Yuba River, exploring the wild and cool waters of the North Fork of the Yuba River, secluded coves, and more, much more.

• Drive In:
All drive in day use and picnic sites are located at the Narrows Day Use Area, on the USACE Headquarters road, located at the base of Englebright Dam. All sites have picnic tables, barbecues with adjustable grills, and spectacular views of Englebright Lake and Dam.

• Drive In:
There is a group picnic area that is available by reservation only. For reservations call the USACE Park Office at 530-432-6427.

• Drive In:
There is a hiking and fishing trail that winds around the shore between the Joe Miller (Marina) Launch Ramp and the Headquarters Launch Ramp. There are strategically placed benches along the trail.