Grass Valley's Living Room
Our area is the heart of the historic California Gold Country. Grass Valley, Nevada City and other 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. We are home to a vibrant arts and theater community. Visit galleries and attend delightful theatrical performances.
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 request by email. Visitor Information and Relocation Information can be picked up at the Chamber or view our relocation package online.
The Visitors Center is open 7 days a week, 361 days each year. Our hours are Monday: 11am to 3:00pm; Tuesday through Friday: 10am to 5pm; Saturday 11am to 3:00pm; and Sunday: 11pm to 3:00pm. Federal Holidays: 11am to 3:00pm.
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!
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.
Parks Near Grass Valley and Nevada City
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.
1. 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
Scotts 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.
ScottsFlatLake.net (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!
Planted 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. 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.
Off 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 are 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!
Off 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.
PG & E Regional Land Department: 916-386-5164; www.pge.com/recreation
Day Use: $7/vehicle
Boat Launch: $10
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.
Lake Spaulding was originally created in 1912 for use in hydraulic mining.
Rollins 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: www.dfg.ca.gov/licensing/ols/intro.html
Rollins Lake has 66,000 acre feet of water when full with a surface area of 840 acres and 22 miles of shorline. 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 the 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.
Nestled in the steep Yuba River canyon of the Sierra Nevada foothills, this location offers a unique boat-in camping experience, several species of sport 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.
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 by 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, or Go Here ; Link opens in a new window
• 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.
The state park along the South Yuba River has several swimming holes along the way. To get here from SHANGRI-LA, continue on RT 49 northwest about 5 miles then turn west (left) on Pleasant Valley Rd. and go 7.5 miles to the South Yuba River S. P. Bridgeport Visitors Center near Bridgeport. Stop by the visitor center for a trail guide or to get other basic information about the park.
The famous wooden truss bridge is here and several trails up and down the river begin near this bridge. The Point Defiance Trail and Loop: From the parking area cross the bridge and turn immediately left downriver. The trail follows the river downstream where the river flows into Englebright Lake. The Cemetery Virginia Turnpike Loop Trail: A half hour gentle stroll with a great swim hole at the end. Follow signs from Visitor Center parking area. The short River Overlook Bridgeport trail goes below the visitor’s center and downstream a short distance to a Family Beach for swimming. The Kneebone Beach Trail goes upstream on the south side of the river to a scenic swimming hole outlined by granite rocks.
Beautiful hole with large flat rocks all around. Clothing optional. This is not a deep hole - maybe about 6-8 feet max. DO NOT DIVE HERE- there have been a number of injuries. There is also a few little tubs that have circulating water that acts like a hot tub. One falls steps down and the other braids together. You can actually go under the falls. There is an air space and plenty of room for about 3 people. Also at the top of the step down falls is a pot hole you can submerge into and go through a secret passage to the middle rock where you can come up. It is very neat.
To get here, set your odometer at the Middle Yuba Bridge and go a little under 1.0 mile north on RT 49 from the bridge over the Middle Yuba and park at a small turn off on the right side of the road (this turn off is not easy to find). Note that before the turn off there is a rusted guard rail with a white road marker that says YUB 49. That is the first marker you will see while driving. Next to this marker and closer to the parking place is a second white marker that has the number 101 on it. If you are in doubt, the road is marked here with the number 213'). There is a big dirt hump at the parking area you go over to get to the trail. Walk a short way (.25 miles) or less down a well-maintained trail to Oregon Creek and the swimming hole.
This beautiful canyon has swimming places upstream of Edwards Crossing. From Edwards Crossing continue on North Bloomfield Rd about 1 mile to the South Yuba Campground. Cross the bridge and drive about 3 miles to the South Yuba Campground exit. It is a dirt road that is in good condition, easily drivable by any car. The lower road goes to the campground and the upper to the parking area. Note that there are bathrooms located here.
From the campground, hike the South Yuba Trail south to the river then east along the river to North Canyon. The swimming holes are in North Canyon. The trail to the South Yuba trail is actually not labeled and is at the back of this parking lot. Follow this unmarked trail for about 0.5 miles until you reach a sign indicating the South Yuba Trail. There are no markers along the way, but this is the only trail down. After hiking a while you will reach the trail head. There is a big sign and it is obvious. Note at this sign that the South Yuba is to the left and goes up the slight incline. The canyon is very hot so carrying water is recommended. From the trail head it is about 2 miles to Overlook Point and then another 1 mile to the North Canyon Spur Trail (this trail leads down to the river with the switchbacks). There is a marker at the spur trail, but it is often slightly overgrown and doesn’t appear to be a trail. It is easy to miss, so note that is right across from the marker sign in North Canyon. The trail down to the canyon is about 0.4 miles. The hike distance is about 6-7 miles round trip.
Note: The river flow is strong in May and nearly non-existent in September, please plan accordingly.
There is a swimming hole under the Middle Yuba Bridge that is very popular. Many people go there since there are bathrooms and parking. To get here, continue north on RT 49 until you cross the bridge over the Middle Yuba River.
Where Spring Creek comes into the South Yuba, there is a small falls and nice swimming hole - bathing suits optional. Park at Edwards Crossing but avoid the crowds by hiking downstream on a trail along the north side of the river about a mile to the side creek and fall. The trail to "Spring Creek" is located on the north side of the bridge. It is easy to find and locate. The hike is about 1 mile to the creek and swimming holes. Here, and a bit further downstream, are the swimming places.
A very popular spot on the South Yuba. At the split of Rt 20 and Rt 49 in Nevada City make a sharp left. Drive for about 1/4 of a mile. North Bloomfield road is the second road on the right after Coyote Rd. Take North Bloomfield road for about 1 mile to the "T" in the road and bear right.
Follow North Bloomfield road for 8 miles to the South Yuba Recreation area and Edwards Crossing. The last mile of road to Edwards Crossing is very narrow and steep, so take it slow. It is much better to approach Edwards Crossing from the south side of the bridge. The road on the north side is not paved. Also, the parking is on the south side of the bridge and that is where the bathrooms are located. This place is right here under the bridge.
A very popular swimming place under the RT 49 bridge over the South Yuba River but a much quieter place a short way upstream. The place at the bridge is has boulders and swimming tunnels and slides that are absolutely exceptional and worth putting up with the crowd. To get here from Nevada City, take RT 49 Northwest to where it crosses over the South Yuba River. The main swimming hole is right here at the bridge with the other upstream. Hike about 1/3 mile upstream to a much quieter place which is the best spot for swimming and high jumping into emerald green water with only a few others around.