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Northern California has long been a popular destination for travelers seeking to experience the vast landscapes of the western U.S.; when you book an RV in Grass Valley, CA, you’ll be in a position to explore this rugged, mountainous region.

Grass Valley was once called both Boston Ravine and Centerville back when the gold rush brought legions of settlers out west to find new ways to prosper. Grass Valley is also unique with regards to its cultural heritage; many of the first miners to arrive during the gold rush were from Cornwall in the United Kingdom, which is evident by the Cornish Christmas celebration the town holds each year during the holidays. Grass Valley also enjoys Cornish food during the Saint Piran’s Day festivities each year; Saint Piran is the patron saint of both Cornwall and tin miners.

Although it started as a mining haven and then became an agricultural hub, Grass Valley is now primarily known as a tourist destination with a rapidly growing wine industry that thrives in the region’s Mediterranean climate. Grass Valley still holds two of California's richest and largest mines, the North Star Mine and the Empire Mine, both of which have since become a memorial park commemorating the gold rush and the town’s rich history.

In the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, this charming town is within reach of many wonderful destinations like Sacramento and Reno, NV which are only about an hour’s drive away. Additionally, San Francisco is about 140 miles away, so many of the lovely cities, as well as national parks and forests, are easily accessed when you book an RV rental in Grass Valley.

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You don’t need to know much about northern California to know that it is a place with abundant natural beauty. Grass Valley is an ideal place to rent an RV and begin your explanation for many reasons, most notably its proximity to the mountains and forests for which California is famous.

In town, Condon Park is a great place to start, with its miles of friendly, scenic hiking trails winding between the forest groves. This park is known for being incredibly dog-friendly and pooches are allowed to roam freely and mingle without worry. Check out the 18-hole disc golf course there, too.

Empire Mine State Historical Park is the site of two major mines that were donated to preserve the history of Grass Valley’s livelihood. Take a tour of the mines that produced over 5 million ounces of gold between 1856 and 1950.

Just a short drive out of town in your Grass Valley RV rental will bring you to the precipice of spectacular nature uninterrupted by development. A handful of national forests are close by with Plumas National Forest being the closest. With over a million acres of serene ponderosa pines, white fir, Douglas fir, and Jeffrey’s pine, a tenth of which is old growth ancient forest, Plumas National Forest hypnotizes visitors with its ethereal beauty.

South of Plumas you can find Tahoe, Humboldt-Toiyabe, and El Dorado National Forests, respectively. The remarkable waters of Lake Tahoe can be found in between the three of these forests and is considered the largest lake outside the Great Lakes, and the second deepest, too. Tahoe National Park has incredible mountain views of Mount Lassen and Mount Shasta, which are considered holy mountains to the indigenous peoples of California.

You should take the time to take your Grass Valley camper rental to Yosemite National Park to see one of the treasures of the United State’s amazing national park system. With majestic granite cliffs, stunning biodiversity, careening waterfalls, and ancient sequoia groves, it is no wonder why Yosemite is the most popular park in the entire country.

Around Town

Although it started out as a sleepy mining town in the 1800s, Grass Valley has evolved to become much more. With a bustling downtown area full of great locally owned shops and restaurants as well as breweries, wine tasting rooms, what to try or do is entirely up to you.

The historic Holbrooke Hotel and Restaurant is just one example of the many gorgeous architectural features of Grass Valley that will make you fall in love with the small town. Holbrooke also has an old-fashioned saloon that has live music and tasty food.

Empire Mine State Historical Park has lots to do in addition to walking around the park's trails; on weekends you can see volunteers walking around in Edwardian-era clothing and giving tours through the mines and the breathtaking Bourn Cottage, home to the former owner of the Empire Mine.

The North Star Mining Museum also pays tribute to the mining heritage of Grass Valley with its many exhibitions and artifacts on display. The old mining equipment like the 30-foot wide Pelton Wheel helps visitors understand how mining operations worked back in the day. There are many vineyards to visit in town with delicious wine for the oenophiles, so don’t forget to get out there and explore with the Grass Valley motorhome rental.

RV Parks to Visit

With its proximity to the many national forests of California, Grass Valley is never far from a nice place to stay for the night. In addition to all the national parks and forests nearby, Inn Town Campground accommodates most kinds of campers. A camp store, pool, reading nook, sports courts, and game recreation room are just of the few things you can enjoy while at Inn Town Campground.

Scotts Flat Campground is on the northern shores of a lovely lake that is perfect for swimming, boating, kayaking, paddle boarding, jet skiing, and fishing, too. Scotts Flat is up in the mountains and close to lots of serene walking paths.

Dutch Flat RV Resort is only minutes from Tahoe National Forest. With camping available year round, rain or shine, sun or snow, Dutch Flat could be a nice place to set up camp. Here, there are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy, like mountain biking in the summer and snowmobiling in the winter.

When you rent an RV in Grass Valley, you have lots of freedom to explore and discover the many cozy, friendly parks and campgrounds within driving distance of town.

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Popular nearby hiking trails and campgrounds

  • Hiking TrailLocation
  • Hardrock and Osborn Hills Loop Trail, CAEmpire Mine State Historic Park, CA
  • Rough & Ready Ditch and Wildflower Trail Loop, CAGrass Valley, CA
  • Deer Creek Tribute Trail, CANevada City, CA
  • Hirschman trail, CATahoe National Forest, CA
  • Jones Bar and West Trail Loop, CASouth Yuba River State Park, CA
  • Independence Trail West, CASouth Yuba River State Park, CA
  • Independence Trail East, CASouth Yuba River State Park, CA
  • Cascade Canal Trail, CANevada City, CA
  • Hoyt Trail, CASouth Yuba River State Park, CA
  • Purdon Crossing, CASouth Yuba River State Park, CA

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