Once you are checked in at Saddle Creek Resort you may want to venture out to the other nearby towns to explore the historic gold country. Whether you like wine tasting, antiquing or visiting the museums, it’s all within a 40-minute drive. Copperopolis is located at the western tip of Calaveras County and Lake Tulloch is the dividing line to Tuolumne County. Residents enjoy the quick access to the towns in both counties. Our Guest Services Manager is available to help plan your day and provide you with all information needed, as well as, make arrangements to ensure that your visit be a memorable one.
Continuing east on Hwy 4 the first of the gold rush towns is Angels Camp, home of the Jumping Frog Jubilee. On Main Street you can browse the many antique shops or visit the Angels Camp Museum that preserves the days of gold mining history. Another popular tourist attraction is the Moaning Caverns, open to the public for tours and rappelling.
Just a little further is Murphys, home of many of the Calaveras County wineries. The quaint downtown offers visitors the ability to walk along the tree-lined streets and explore the many shops and art galleries housed in the well-kept historic buildings. Among them is the Murphys Hotel, a registered State Historic Landmark. Inside the lobby you can browse the hotel guest register that was signed by General Ulysses S. Grant, Mark Twain, and the notorious outlaw Black Bart. The Dunbar house is another example of the gold country architecture of the era.
Jamestown is located on Highway 108 and is the first town you find as you enter Tuolumne County from the west. The town is well known for its antique shops and as the location of Railtown 1897 State Historic Park. Steam train rides offer a unique view of times past by. The station shows what life was like in the day of the gold miners. The buildings along Main Street were built in the late 1800’s when the west was a little wild.
Just another three miles on Hwy 49 you will find Sonora. Today, Sonora is a vibrant town and is the shopping and business center for many of the foothill communities. A town that was once a rowdy mining camp during the gold rush has now been tamed by its local citizens. It now serves the surrounding communities with its hospitals, services and shopping. Historic Victorian homes are abundant and at the centerpiece of Main Street stands The Red Church, one of the oldest Episcopal Churches in California.
North on Hwy 49 past The Red Church you will discover Columbia State Historic Park on Parrott’s Ferry Road. In 1945 it was recognized and preserved as a typical Gold Rush town, an example of California's most colorful era in American history. Here the streets remain as they were and life is lived as it was in the day of the gold miner. The park staff is dressed in period costume and is trained to share the stories with visitors of what life was like. Special events throughout the year celebrate the history of our ancestors. The historical buildings, stage coach rides, and gold panning will make the experience an unforgettable one for you and your family.