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Fall-ing For Tuolumne County

By VTC Author | 09/21/2020 | Exploring Tuolumne County, Family, Outdoor Adventure, Sights, Special Event Venues & Services, Stanislaus National Forest, Wine and Cider Tasting, Yosemite National Park

We feel like we're falling for fall, but it's more than just a feeling -it's all of the senses combined! The sights, the tastes, the smells. Your ultimate fall California road trip awaits! Experience a different side of Yosemite National Park in the quieter and less crowded destinations. Watch as history comes to life with local tales of legends and as nature makes it's noise of loud autumn colors in Gold Country. Temperatures are dropping and cooler adventures are found out on the trails and at unique events of the High Sierra communities. Take a chance and take a trip to Tuolumne County, where your senses will get their fill of fall at off-peak accommodation prices.


Yosemite has quieted down, and now’s the time for National Park adventures and new explorations as the season turns, (reservations required). Find yourself in awe as you take in the sights among the giant sequoias of Tuolumne Grove. Explore the Stanislaus National Forest on bike to hear the whistling wind and feel of the rugged trail beneath your wheels. Wander the downtown street of Groveland and pop into Mountain Sage Coffee and Nursery for a taste of their yummy pumpkin spice latte and seasonal scones you won’t be able to resist. Swing by Ranch Revived to find the perfect fall decorations to bring home.  

The air is cool and bright, colorful foliage takes over Columbia State Historic Park. Explore the old nooks of the park and let your nose lead you into Seven Sisters Candle and Soap Co. where you’ll feel the warmth of their seasonal scents fill your senses. Wander a little ways and visit Nelson’s Candy Kitchen, where there’s no tricks, only treats. We recommend…everything! While you're in Columbia, check out the newly restored Columbia Mercantile 1855 for an old fashioned style grocery shopping experience. Nearby in Jamestown, Railtown 1897 State Historic Park, be immersed in wild west railroad culture. Take the scenic route past Gianelli Vineyards to sip on their award winning wines while overlooking the rolling foothills. Take the whole family to the ultimate fall destination Cover's Apple Ranch to try their fresh pressed cider or see the barnyard animals. 

Nelsons Candy Kitchen Columbia

High Sierra adventures await you, where the brisk mountain breezes are the perfect excuse for a cozy sweater. Take a hike along the Pinecrest Lake Loop Trail and catch unreal views of the changing leaves and Sierra Nevada. Visit the little mountain town of Twain Harte and enjoy the relaxing under the pines at Eproson Park. When it comes to seasonal baked goods, on Highway 108, Alicia's Sugar Shack knows how to get those taste buds to tingle.

Take a break and take a trip. Start planning your vacation with the help of travel inspiration and information delivered directly to your mailbox. Request your FREE Tuolumne County Vacation Planner here today.

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Visit www.VisitTuolumne.com to find lodging, including quaint B&Bs, cabins and more, for your trip to Tuolumne County.

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