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There are several large parks in the Mother Lode listed below and information about many nice smaller ones can be found in our Community Guide too. Near Toulumne’s Main Library in Sonora is the Heaven for Kids Park with play equipment and a skate park. There are also several local ranches to explore as detailed here.

More about activities at several of these places can be found in the recreation guide and include:backpacking, biking, fishing, and some extreme whitewater rafting.

These larger local parks offer the community and visitors lot to enjoy and explore.

Giant trees tower above visitors to Yosemite National Park Joseph Kreiss - 03-03-2003

Calaveras Big Trees State Park, created in 1931 to preserve giant sequoias noted by Augustus T. Dowd in 1852.

2016 Admission Day Parade in Columbia

A Living Gold Rush Town that will transport you back in time.

Dragoon Gulch Trail 2-21-18-3

Dragoon Gulch Trail is a short, pleasant trail loop through manzanita and oak trees with beautiful views.

Feeney Park

Feeney Park has an 18 hole Disc golf course—or Frisbee golf in addition to its baseball and soccer fields. It serves the youth and adult athletes from Copperopolis to Bear Valley.


The Murphys Community Park is maintained by a non-profit volunteer organization called Murphys Community Club (MCC) created in 1948.

Railtown 1897 logo

More than a Museum Railtown it is an experience. While riding the train is lovely in the summer the guided tour of the Park’s working railroad roundhouse is enriching.

Red Hills Trail

The Red Hills includes 7,100 acres of public land located near the intersection of Highways 49 and 120 just south of the historic town of Chinese Camp in Tuolumne County.

Stanislaus National Forest

Camping is one of the most popular recreation activities in the Stanislaus National Forest.

Naturalization Ceremony in Yosemite

Yosemite National Park is world famous for its towering cliffs, beautiful alpine scenery, spectacular waterfalls, granite domes and spires. Artists, writers, tourists, and other adventurers visit to experience it.

If you want to stay in the Mother Lode take a look our list of places to stay.

Planning a wedding, conference or other event? Take a look our list of places to host your event.

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