Check your community’s parks and recreation listings to see more of what your local area has to offer.
14618 Tyler Foote Road
Nevada City, CA 95959 530-478-7587
Experience beauty, tranquility and vast views of the Sierras and Tahoe National Forest at Crystal Hermitage’s gardens. The gardens draw more than 7,000 visitors each year with more than 17,000 tulips and an array of roses, begonias, geraniums, petunias, marigolds, dahlias, fall foliage and more. Crystal Hermitage also features a meditation temple, a museum that houses relics from spiritual masters and a chapel.
Empire Mine State Historic Park
10791 E. Empire St.
Grass Valley, CA 95945 530-273-8522
Empire Mine State Historic Park is the site of one of the oldest, largest, deepest, longest and richest gold mines in California. The park includes many of the mine’s buildings, the owner’s home and restored gardens, and the entrance to 367 miles of abandoned and flooded mine shafts. The park also has 8 miles of hiking, biking and horseback riding trails. Guided tours are available.
13104 Marina Drive
Smartsville, CA 95977 530-432-6302
Fish, boat, picnic, camp and more at Englebright Lake. The lake’s Skippers Cove Marina can assist with any of your boating or camping needs. The marina has a variety of rental boats and lake gear, including ski boats, house boats, party boats, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards. Campsites are also available, along with shower, laundry and restroom facilities.
Plumas National Forest
159 Lawrence St.
Quincy, CA 95971 530-283-2050
The Plumas National Forest occupies 1,146,000 acres of scenic mountain lands in the northern Sierra Nevada. Outdoor enthusiasts are attracted year-round to its many streams and lakes, deep canyons, mountain valleys, meadows and lofty peaks. Recreational opportunities include camping, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, hunting, ice skating, mining, skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling and more.