Calaveras County, CA, USA

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Calaveras County, CA, USA

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Home of the staggeringly high giant sequoias

Calaveras County sits in the interior of California, to the east of San Francisco in the Gold Country and the High Sierra. It's perhaps most famous for the majestic, giant sequoias in the Calaveras Big Trees State Park, first discovered by a bear trapper in the mid-19th century. Many of these mature trees are thousands of years old, and reach a staggering 250 feet high and 30 feet in diameter. The county's other claim to fame is the annual Jumping Frog Jubilee, which celebrates the link between the area and the classic Mark Twain story, 'The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County'.

Hikers, bikers, and horseback riders

Using one of the Calaveras County vacation rentals as a base, there are plenty of activities to keep you busy. In the winter months, you can ski and snowshoe in the San Joaquin Valley. During the spring, summer and fall, the Big Trees State Park offers myriad trails for hiker, bikers, or horseback riders that pass some extraordinary forested scenery. Here you can look out for the hundreds of recorded bird species, some of which are endemic. At Lake Camanche, you can cast your line or swim in the deliciously cool waters, while at the Mercer Caverns you can climb down beneath the surface to see the underground world.

Jockey a frog at the annual festival

If you visit Calaveras County in May, you can visit the world-famous Jumping Frog Jubilee where you can watch the wacky frog-jumping contest and amble around the exhibits, arts and crafts market and carnival. If you want to step back in time, you can go back to the days of the Gold Rush and pan for this precious metal at the ranches, watch the historical blacksmith demonstrations at Angels Camp and visit the Pioneer Cemetery. In late July and August, the annual Bear Valley Music Festival hosts classical, country, and bluegrass musicians from around the country.

Hot, dry summers and snowy winters

The close proximity of the Sierra Nevada to the ocean means the mountains are relatively mild. The rugged and undulating landscape catches some snow in the winter, bringing in skiers and snowboarders, through the temperature isn't usually too severe. Towards the end of the rainy season in April, the landscape is lush and green, making this a good time for hiking the trails. During the hot, dry summers the mountains draws in the air from the Pacific Ocean creating a cooling breeze to enjoy while pursuing outdoor activities near Calaveras County vacation rentals.

Natural grandeur in Calaveras County

Calaveras County is dominated by the High Sierra, a beautiful rolling landscape punctuated by wineries and farmland. The lush, sprawling landscapes of the Stanislaus National Forest and Big Trees State Park are a natural draw for visits who come to bike and hike along the trails, stay in one of the remote Calaveras Country vacation rentals and canoe and raft along the rivers and lakes. These forests teem with wildlife including acorn woodpeckers, screech owls, bald eagles, long-toed salamanders and Pacific tree frogs.