Welcome to Nevada County’s official tourism website — your guide to one of California’s best-kept secrets in the foothills of Northern California.
Established at the height of the Gold Rush in 1851, Nevada County still sparkles. Its colorful past is reflected in the historic towns, rustic buildings and local characters.
Even now, gold still glitters on the banks of its rivers. The biggest population regions — Grass Valley and Nevada City in the west and Truckee in the east—are separated by miles of bucolic ranches and farmlands, emerald lakes, trout-filled streams, the Tahoe National Forest and 7,000-foot Donner Summit.
Our rural quality of life, diverse cultural, historic and recreational attractions, excellent schools, lively arts scene, agricultural bounty and incredible beauty have made Nevada County a sought-after destination for residents and visitors alike.
I think of the east as the “adventure” side of Nevada County. As a lifelong outdoor enthusiast, I am constantly delighted at the quality and diversity of skiing, backpacking, fishing and hunting — all within one hour of my doorstep. There’s also hot air ballooning, gliding, ice skating and mountain biking.
Transportation is key to Truckee’s history — from the 100-mile long Truckee River and Emigrant Trail, to the first transcontinental railroad, old Lincoln Highway and Interstate 80. When you’re ready to go to town, Truckee’s unique shops, delightful dining and first-rate lodging competes with any destination, with twice the charm.
The west is more the “discovery” side of our County. Places such as Grass Valley, Nevada City, Rough and Ready, Empire Mine and Malakoff Diggins are steeped in the history of the Gold Rush.
The area also is home to more than 15 wineries — one of California’s burgeoning wine regions — as well as wonderful shopping, dining and performing arts.
Once outside of town, head off the beaten path to Penn Valley, home to Bridgeport, the nation’s longest single-span covered bridge and the South Yuba River State Park. You can also visit the rural towns of Chicago Park, Washington and North San Juan.
We hope you’ll plan your next vacation in Nevada County—closer than you think but a world away!
Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, Nevada County