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Where wild and scenic rivers and high alpine peaks meet small town charm.

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Choose your own adventure.

From swimming holes along the South Fork of the Yuba River to high alpine adventures on Donner Summit, Nevada County is a great place to choose your own adventure.

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While the South Yuba River and other bodies of water look inviting be aware that the water is cold, fast, and dangerous. With temperatures increasing, river flows are expected to grow, creating dangerous conditions through the Memorial Day holiday and into the summer months for children, pets, and even experienced river goers.

We encourage you to recreate responsibly this coming season.

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Want to go a little bird watching but don`t have a lot of time or just want to introduce your kids to the awesome experience? Condon Park is a birding paradise that’s easily accessible from downtown Grass Valley.

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Going out for a date doesn`t have to be an expensive experience in Nevada County.

Idea #1 - Get Out And About -> Take in the scenery and look back in time at Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park.

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Looking for high-end statement pieces or affordable arts & gifts? Stop by the Mountain Arts Collective in Truckee to see one-of-a kind items such as these mini paintings.

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Nevada County is a treasure trove of golden age railroading that you can see in person which includes the Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum. Consider making it a long weekend and stay at the serene Inn Town Campground located right next to it.

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Since 1862 a covered bridge has existed here to cross the mighty South Yuba River. Take a step back in time and walk across this piece of history as you take in the last bit of wildflowers blooming in the region.

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Meat lovers to vegetarians. Brew lovers to bread fanatics. Regardless of what your taste buds are feeling you will love Three Forks Bakery & Brewery one of the many unique breweries in Nevada County that you must explore.

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Canals such as the Cascade Canal seen here were created to extract gold via hydraulic mining during the late 19th century in Nevada County. Today, it`s now become one of our favorite hikes connecting visitors to the Bear Yuba Land Trust’s Woodpecker Preserve and more!

Listen for the loud thumping of the impressive Pileated Woodpecker.

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Missed the winter`s might up in the Sierra? There`s still plenty of time left to enjoy Winter`s after party - spring!

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Is that rumbling a train? A plane? Nope - it`s the roar of the waterfalls coming to life in Nevada County. With a record snowpack in the high country we can tell you this season will be one for the record books. Just remember to be cautious around swift moving water, even a few inches is enough to sweep you off your feet!

We can only imagine what this waterfall looks like today - Picture taken March 26th 2023.

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Enjoying the South Yuba River State Park and the iconic Bridgeport Covered Bridge? Be sure to stop by the Bull Mastiff Brewing in Penn Valley afterwards for a refreshing brew.

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Join the California State Parks team for a docent-led wildflower walks at South Yuba River State Park. On Saturdays and Sundays through Mother`s Day visitors should meet the docent in the North Parking Lot (where the kiosk is located) at 10 am sharp. During the 2 hour journey you`ll see poppies, lupines, larkspur, fiddlenecks, popcorn flowers and others that are currently blooming.

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From traditional to eclectic creations such as "Deez" 9% imperial chocolate stout conditioned on vanilla and hazelnut pictured below if beer makes you "hoppy" be sure to make a stop at Ribald Brewing.

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Black Swan Preserve is the result of Hydraulic Mining, a relic of the gold rush era... and one of our many hotspots to go birdwatching in Nevada County. Have you visited this hidden gem near Smartsville?

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Combine a weekend of outdoor fun in Nevada City as well as celebrate the planet at Nevada City’s 2nd annual Earth Fest Street Fair happening this Saturday starting at 10 am running through 3pm.⠀ ...

After such a big winter it`s nice to have spring in full bloom and there`s no better way to enjoy Nevada County`s bounty then by a visit to one of our farmers markets such as the four decades old Grass Valley Farmers Market.

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As you can see the bloom is on at @crystalHermitageGardens plan that spring trip before it`s too late!

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Farmers markets in Nevada County aren`t just filled with fruits & veggies - for example have you ever tried the flavor bursting Venezuelan treat called an Arepa from La Guaira Bistro?

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This weekend the California Dirt MTB Series kicks off in Nevada City at the Scotts Flat Lake Campground. Get back in the saddle and come see both pros & amateurs tackle our local trails as part of the 2 day event featuring XC as well as enduro races.

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Is there ever a bad time to get coffee? We think not. Stop by one of our many artisanal coffee shops to enjoy a finely crafted concoction such as this one from Java John`s in Nevada City.

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Stay while you play

Enjoy mountain modern hotels, vintage-inspired bed and breakfasts, scenic campsites, and everything in between.

There’s so much to do in Nevada County, you should consider spending a few nights to soak it all in. Whether your preferred accommodations are quaint bed and breakfasts, historic lodges, or chic mountain modern escapes, Nevada County has something for everyone. While traditional hotels and lodges are plentiful in Nevada County, you will also find many VRBO, AirBnb, and vacation rental homes for short or longer term stays.