Explore Calaveras County

There's plenty to do around Golden Pines! Whether it's hiking, fishing, mountain biking, climbing, wine tasting, shopping or relaxing, we've got it all! Venture out to Arnold, Murphys, or Bear Valley and you're sure to find something to enjoy.


Calaveras Big Trees State Park

Big Trees State park is located only 2 miles west of Golden Pines. The park features two Sequoia groves, plenty of walking trails, and a new visitor center and museum.

Local Restaurants

From a few minutes' drive east to Dorrington and Camp Connell, to west in the town of Arnold, you'll find lots of great dining options within fifteen minutes of the park.



In the spring and early summer, the North Fork of the Stanislaus River offers exciting class IV+ rapids for adventurous and experienced white water rafters!

OARS: White water rafting through Big Trees State Park
All Outdoors: North Fork of the Stanislaus River


Sierra Nevada Logging Museum

Just down the mountain in the town of Arnold is the Sierra Nevada Logging Museum. Home to historic logging equipment and indoor and outdoor displays, this museum is a great place to explore with kids.

Wine Tasting

The historic mining town of Murphys is home to over two dozen family-owned and operated wineries, many of which have tasting rooms along Main Street. Along with plenty of shopping and dining options, there's plenty to explore!



Bear Valley

Bear Valley provides plenty of options for skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. Besides a brand new ski lift, the Lodge offers numerous shopping and dining options.

For cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, visit Bear Valley Cross Country