Groveland, Calif. – Gateway to Yosemite
Listen to live music, shop at a farmers market, and play a round of golf. Then stop by the visitor center for park entry passes and info about Yosemite.
Groveland and the Highway 120 area is the perfect basecamp for exploration.
From May to October, the Groveland Visitor Center has a Yosemite National Park Ranger on site to sell park entry passes and offer detailed advice about visiting the park and all that Yosemite has to offer.
In the middle of Groveland, you have Mary Laveroni Community Park right next to the Groveland Yosemite Gateway Museum, with public restrooms, picnic tables with BBQ’s, a children’s play area and a skate and roller blade park that includes basketball courts, plus a stage and bandstand that are used for town events all year round.
Groveland has a very lively music scene, a Farmers Market every Friday and Saturday from May to October and events of all sorts and sizes even during the winter months.
The Southern Tuolumne County Historical Society publishes a Walking Tour of Groveland, which points out noteworthy locations in town. Just a short drive off of SR120 there is a championship 18 hole golf course with driving range, and an equestrian/riding center, which are part of the community of Pine Mountain Lake open to the public.
Fun Fact: Groveland was once called Garrote, for its swift justice & hangings.
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