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By VTC Author | 08/31/2021 | Events, Exploring Tuolumne County, Theatres & Festivals, Wine & Cider Tasting Blogs

Stanislaus National Forest and all National Forests in California will be closed through September 17th, 2021. Learn more here. If your travel plans were canceled don't let it ruin the fun of exploring Tuolumne County and taking the getaway you deserve! Here are a few of our top fall activities in Tuolumne County that you can enjoy. Find even more things to explore throughout Visit Tuolumne County's website

Open in Stanislaus National Forest

Highway 108 and Sonora Pass

Kennedy Meadows Resort and Pack Station


Closed in Stanislaus National Forest

All campsites, hiking trails, and public land in Stanislaus National Forest including Pinecrest Lake and hotels on National Forest land. 

While Stanislaus National Forest is closed there are tons of other outdoor locations in Tuolumne County that are still open! Go on a fishing excursion with ECHO Adventure Cooperative or YExplore. Fish, swim, boat, kayak or use the hiking trails at Lake Don Pedro and New Melones Lake. You can't swim in Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, however you can fish from the shoreline and there is no reservation necessary to enter!

Echo Adventure Cooperative


Great outdoor adventures in Yosemite, Gold Country and the High Sierra complement your visit to boutique tasting rooms, where friendly ambiance is paired with unique, award-winning Sierra foothill varietals. The brand new tasting room, Arthur Michael Vineyard & Winery, in Jamestown is a perfect addition to Main Street. Around the Horn Brewery in Groveland just celebrated their one year anniversary and their inventive beers will add a bit of fun to anyone's day. 

In addition to wineries, Tuolumne County is home to an award-winning, family-owned and operated hard cider distillery, Indigeny Reserve, set amongst beautiful organic apple orchards and craft brewery that features something for everyone.

Click here to see more wineries.

Indigeny Reserve 

Yosemite National Park is open (you will need day-use reservations through September 30th) and filled with famous hiking trails and hidden gems. Hiking through the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias brings peace of mind as you are surrounded by ancient giants. Dragoon Gulch in Sonora offers stunning views of the historic downtown.

Dragoon Gulch Trail by @jackie_blue15 on Instagram Dragoon Gulch Trail by @jackie_blue15 on Instagram

Dragoon Gulch Trail by @jackie_blue15 on Instagram

Tuolumne County is home to not one but TWO State Historic Parks! Columbia State Historic Park, the most well preserved Gold Rush Town in California, and Railtown 1897 State Historic Park which highlights the history of the Sierra Railway. Take an afternoon to explore each and learn the deep roots of California's history. Railtown also has multiple events coming up in the next couple weeks! Get your tickets today! 

Railtown 1897 State Historic Park @kathysyv on IG

Railtown 1897 State Historic Park @kathysyv on IG

Sierra Repertory Theater returns Friday, September 3rd for the beginning of their fall season! See Shrek the Musical performed through early October. This musical will be sure to put a smile on your face! Tuolumne County is also know for live music! Find it across the County at bars, restaurants, farmers markets, and outdoor concerts! 

Shrek the Musical

Keep the family fun going even though school may be back in session! Grab a new toy or board game at Little Roots Toy Store, visit Twain Harte Mini Golf while it is still open for the season, grab a season treat at Cover's Apple Ranch, or have a tea party at Columbia Kate's Teahouse

Twain Harte Mini Golf @jamstang67

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