Tuolumne County – 8 Things to Do in Yosemite Gold Country

Groveland's Iron Door Saloon and The Groveland Hotel. Photo by Grant Ordelheide

Groveland’s Iron Door Saloon and The Groveland Hotel. Photo by Grant Ordelheide

More than half of Yosemite is in Tuolumne County

Tuolumne County is your front door to Yosemite National Park, offering visitors from the San Francisco Bay Area and all points north the closest and most scenic route into Yosemite via Highways 120 and 108.

Visitors will also find rich and colorful Gold Rush history, including two state historic parks — Columbia and Railtown 1897 — High Sierra vistas, eclectic shopping, casino action, wine and cider tasting, fun dining venues, cultural events, arts and entertainment, and four full seasons of excellent outdoor recreation and adventures.

A large variety of lodging options include traditional hotels, historic hotels, bed and breakfast inns, vacation rentals, and RV and camp sites.

How Do I Pronounce It?

The first thing you should know about Tuolumne County, of which half of Yosemite sits, is how to pronounce it. It’s “Two-all-o-me.” From live theater at one of its three theaters, two historic state parks [see page 31] and quaint towns, there’s a lot to explore in the area where gold was discovered in 1848.

8 Things to do in Tuolumne County

  • Enjoy a guided tour of the historic roundhouse and train ride at Railtown 1897 State Historic Park
  • Try your luck gold panning and experience living history at Columbia State Historic Park
  • Bring your rod & reel for exceptional lake, river, fly and trout farm fishing at locations throughout Tuolumne County.
  • Apples, apples, apples! Pick up a Mile High apple pie from Cover’s Apple Ranch in Tuolumne or delight yourself with hard apple cider and brandy from Indigeny Reserve in Sonora.
  • Camp, backpack or horseback into the Emigrant Wilderness from Kennedy Meadows up the Sonora Pass
  • Grab a bite to eat at Dori’s Tea Cottage & Cafe in Groveland, your front door to Yosemite National Park.
  • Go for a trip on the wild side, whitewater rafting along the Tuolumne River.
  • Try your luck or have a family weekend at Black Oak Casino Resort near Sonora

For More Information:

Stop by the Tuolumne County Visitors Bureau, which operates two year-round and one seasonal visitor center. In Sonora, go to 542 W. Stockton St. (Hwy. 49). In Chinese Camp, go to 13785 Hwy. 49/120. In Groveland, visit 18687 Main St. (seasonal).

(800) 446-1333