Nate Beason, Supervisor and Board Chair
Welcome to “The Official Online Guide to Nevada County.”
Four years ago, the Nevada County Board of Supervisors launched a comprehensive and dynamic website devoted to tourism. The collaborative effort between the County’s leisure, cultural and recreation tourism sectors have created and sustained GoNevadaCounty.com as one of the primary portals for helping visitors discover and enjoy the best our County has to offer.
Established during the Gold Rush, Nevada County has always been proud of its gold mining heritage. Place names such as You Bet, Last Chance Mine, Donner Summit, Emigrant Gap, Empire Mine, French Corral and Rough and Ready whet the appetite for exploration and discovery.
Our diverse network of trails, historic downtowns and mining museums further refine the adventure. Thousands of acres of National Forest lands verdant meadows, sparkling rivers and lakes, and the magnificent Yuba River Watershed provide a breathtaking backdrop and setting for all manners of recreation.
On the west side, visit Spenceville Wildlife Area and Bridgeport in Penn Valley, home of the world’s longest covered bridge. From there, it’s less than two hours east to Donner Summit and Truckee.
Donner Memorial State Park and Donner Lake offer the summer vacationer opportunities for camping, picnicking, boating, fishing, water‐skiing and hiking. In winter, visitors can downhill ski at Boreal Mountain Resort or cross-country ski and snowshoe on beautiful quiet mountain trails in and around the Park.
Truckee, which was recently ranked by National Geographic Adventure among the top 25 best ski towns in the world, also boasts excellent restaurants, fine arts galleries and unique craft stores in its walkable downtown historic district.
Nevada County, with its bucolic farms and ranches, has deep roots in agriculture. The original townsite of Chicago Park, home to the Donner Fruit Trail, is known for its rich soil and bountiful produce, including renowned pears, apples, peaches and Italian wine grapes.
Community-supported agriculture, our many talented small farmers and a number of local restaurants offer a “farm to table” experience, and wonderful farmers markets and food tasting events take place throughout the year.
Nevada County’s four distinct seasons, and its range of elevations and landscapes, make it a fertile home for more than 40 varieties of wine grapes, ranging from Chardonnay, Merlot, Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon to Cabernet Franc, Barbera, Sangiovese and Tempranillo.
Nevada County offers the visitor an opportunity to experience more than 16 wineries, such as Lucchesi, Solune, Nevada City, Truckee River Winery, Naggiar and Pilot Peak, whose premiere winemaking techniques and styles produce some of California’s most surprising award-winning wines.
Craft beers are also gaining recognition here, such as ol’ Republic in Nevada City and Fifty-Fifty Brewing and Tahoe Mountain Brewing in Truckee.
Today, Nevada County’s gold lies in its creative culture. A dizzying array of artists, poets, actors, photographers and musicians live and work in our beautiful community.
More than 130 arts organizations present everything from the internationally-renowned annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival, to our weekly calendar of star-studded musical, dance and theater performances.
The vibrant mountain lifestyle has inspired many nationally and regionally acclaimed artists to call the Sierra Foothills home. Nevada County, with cultural hubs in Grass Valley, Nevada City and Truckee, is quickly emerging as the newest in West Coast art destinations.
Come be our guest for a day visit, a mid-week adventure or a weekend getaway. Nevada County promises you will want to return again and again.