Grass Valley

Experience small town charm in Grass Valley, the heart of the historic California Gold Country.


For the adventurer at heart, Grass Valley offers tons of outdoor recreation! See a list of parks, trails, water recreation, and more!

You don’t have to go far to experience a piece of history. The Empire Mine State Park was the richest hard rock mine in the State of California, producing 5.8 million ounces of gold in its operating history of 106 years.

Pasties are a long-time tradition in Grass Valley. Get a taste of these simple yet delicious meals at Grass Valley Pasty Co and Marshall’s Pasties

During the winter season, Grass Valley gets festive with a town-wide Cornish Christmas!

Enjoy the sunshine at our manicured Golf Courses.


Check out the Grass Valley Downtown Association for things to do in our little downtown area!

Need more information? Visit Grass Valley’s living room at our Visitor’s Center. It’s dog-friendly, too!

If you are looking for a way to utilize your skills, explore an area of interest, fill your free time, and make a difference in the lives of those around you, Volunteer Nevada County is the place to learn how you can help.

Visit Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce

Explore Grass Valley

Grass Valley is the heart of the historic California Gold Country. Grass Valley’s claim to historic fame is embedded in the vast amounts of gold discovered and extracted from its rich underground mines. In more than 100 years of mining, the mines of Grass Valley made it the richest of all California gold mining towns. Today, Grass Valley is just as charming and inviting (if not more!) as it was during the Gold Rush Days. With modern innovation, thriving businesses, and a plethora of activities for visitors, we’re sure you’ll love this place we call Home. 

Lodging in Grass Valley is easy to find and you can take your pick of modern stays or renovated historical hotels such as the Holbrooke Hotel which hosted many famous guests that include U.S. Presidents Ulysses S. Grant, Grover Cleveland, and even Mark Twain! If you have a larger group, check out Gold Miners Inn which has space for a conference or reception. Most lodging is conveniently located within walking distance of dining, lodging, entertainmentwine tasting & breweries, and tons of outdoor adventures

Grass Valley offers events and community activities for every season. Spring and summer are iconic for wildflower hikes, hanging out by the South Yuba River, and spending lots of time at our manicured Golf Courses. During fall and winter, you can find unique gifts and souvenirs, attend a spectacular show at The Center for the Arts, and you’re only a short drive from world-class ski resorts! During the winter season, Grass Valley gets festive with a town-wide Cornish Christmas which includes a tree-lighting ceremony, firepits & hot cocoa, and festive attire! There’s something for everyone here!