Local Attractions

A Day-Trip to Tuolumne Table Mountain


A Day-Trip to Tuolumne Table Mountain

The Sierra Foothills are brimming with things to do and places to see. One of the multitude of fantastic sites is the Tuolumne Table Mountain, near Jamestown. While Jamestown is just twenty miles south of Murphys, the sites and activities between Murphys and Jamestown could easily fill a day. But why Table Mountain?

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Lake Tulloch: An Old-Fashioned Family Camp Out


While it may be the dead of winter now, it’s never too early to start planning your summertime excursions. Lake Tulloch, surrounded by the Table Mountain range, has 55 miles of shoreline. From fishing to waterskiing, camping to boating, there’s an incredible amount of family-fun potential there.

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Sequoia Woods Country Club


Sequoia Woods Country Club

Just north of Murphys, nestled into the Sierra Nevada foothills off Ebbetts Pass, Sequoia Woods Country Club offers the classic country club experience in a jaw-droppingly gorgeous setting. Whether you join for the par 70 course, the fine dining of the Sequoia Room Restaurant or to gather with friends for a cocktail at the Fairway View Lounge, the distance from the hustle and bustle of daily life is the most striking feature of this top-notch escape.

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Ebbetts Pass


Ebbetts Pass

The Ebbetts Pass National Scenic Byway is one of the most scenic drives across California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains. Stretching between two State Parks – Calaveras Big Trees and Grover Hot Springs – and passing through the Stanislaus and Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forests, the pass offers a fantastic opportunity to witness and explore this rugged landscape.

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A Day of Hiking in the Redwoods at Calaveras Big Trees State Park


A Day of Hiking in the Redwoods at Calaveras Big Trees State Park

The lack of human influence is an outstanding feature of South Grove Trail and allows the hiker a unique opportunity to visit the ancient forest ecosystem in its primeval condition. You can’t help but lose your breath when you realize you are surrounded by trees that are, quite literally, thousands of years old standing as tall as 300 feet and as wide as 30 feet.

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Horse & Barrel Horseback Vineyard Trail Rides


Horse & Barrel Horseback Vineyard Trail Rides

With four trails from which to choose — Vallecito Vineyards trail, Moaning Caverns trail, Twisted Oak trail and the Ponderosa trail — riders have the opportunity to see the Murphys area a bit more up close and personal. Each trail option offers a different experience, be it paired with a cavern tour, a wine tasting or a winery tour.

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Murphy’s Old Timers Museum


Murphy’s Old Timers Museum

Murphys Old Timers Museum, founded by author Coke Wood, has been housing and happily glorifying the rich history of Murphys since 1948. Showcasing Native American baskets, historical photos, clothing, vials of gold, panning kits and other articles from the early days of Murphys, the museum also offers a good deal of literature on the area (including a great assortment of books on western and local history).

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Murphys Bead Gallery


Murphys Bead Gallery

Murphys Bead Gallery in historic downtown Murphys offers visitors a chance to see and purchase Sue’s beadwork in a gallery atmosphere, as well as purchase beads and supplies for the bead enthusiasts both new and experienced.

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Bear Valley Ski Resort


Bear Valley Ski Resort

Just a 45 minute drive from Murphys, Bear Valley Ski Resort offers an incredible assortment of summer activities — from kayaking and archery to rock climbing and mountain biking — and is within a stone’s throw to a slew of attractions (both commercial and from Mother Nature).

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Sunday Brunch at Mineral Restaurant


Sunday Brunch at Mineral Restaurant

Sunday brunch at Mineral including champagne, fresh squeezed juices, baked treats and creative interpretations of brunch favorites? YES, PLEASE! Offering haute vegetarian cuisine in a modern atmosphere, with a beautifully crafted menu focusing on the three elements of cuisine — taste, texture and style — Mineral uses local, primarily organic ingredients.

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New Melones Lake


New Melones Lake

Though winter is creeping its way in, one needn’t close the door on New Melones for the season. A year-round visitor center and museum features a variety of exhibits highlighting the area’s prehistory, the gold rush era of the “submerged town” of Melones, water management and conservation. Ranger-guided nature hikes and visitor center programs are also provided year round.

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Metate Hill Vineyards


Metate Hill Vineyards

Weaving Spanish traditions into their own process of making and blending wines (all Spanish varietals), the Stange family offers impeccably crafted wines in their traditional, Spanish-inspired tasting room on Murphys’ historic Main Street. The Metate Loung located just upstairs offers a unique music and event venue featuring live music and tapas nearly every weekend.

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Murphys Motorcycle Company


Murphys Motorcycle Company

Murphys Motorcycle Company was a dream brought to fruition by local craftsman Tony Manuel along with his wife and friend — a shop offering unique, vintage-style clothing and accessories for the motorcycle enthusiast. The owners are dedicated to keeping their offerings fresh, fun, diverse and exciting, just as Tony dreamed.

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Calaveras County’s Upper Natural Bridge


Calaveras County’s Upper Natural Bridge

Not your everyday hike, the relatively easy out-and-back Upper Natural Bridge trail (about thirty minutes per leg) leads you to the caverns of the Natural Bridges for a leisurely afternoon of walking, picnicking, a little splashing and swimming, and a hint of spelunking.

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Brice Station Vintners


Brice Station Vintners

Brice Station — once a popular stage stop for folks traveling to witness the magnificent Calaveras Big Trees — is currently serving up ten wines, from Pinot Grigio to Merlot to Port, using sustainable agricultural methods and amidst a climate similar to that of the Bordeuax region.

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Memorial Day Weekend in Murphys!


Memorial Day Weekend in Murphys!

While summertime doesn’t OFFICIALLY kick off for another month, the summer vibe is usually given a good head-start on Memorial Day weekend — the barbecues are pulled out, picnic baskets are packed, camping gear is dusted off — and… well… guess what? Memorial Day weekend is THIS WEEKEND (in case you didn’t know). Whether looking for outdoor fun or community gatherings, Murphys and Calaveras County is the place to be to give the summer a big high-five.

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Forest Meadows – Golf Course and Resort


Forest Meadows – Golf Course and Resort

Murphys’ Forest Meadows offers the Robert Trent Jr. Golf Course — a beautiful course nestled the oaks, pines, cedars and meadowland of the Sierra Foothills — as well as an on-site restaurant, Alibis Grill & Lounge.

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Mercer Caverns


Mercer Caverns

Mercer Caverns is the longest continually operating commercial caverns in the state of California (with a guestbook dating back to September of 1885 with many notable guests including royalty on US President).

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Mosquito Lake


Mosquito Lake

Plunked down right next to Highway 4 in the middle of the Sierras’ least populous county (Alpine) sits the pristine Mosquito Lake — a tiny little oasis in the redwoods, replete with trout and glistening like the little twinkle in your eye when you’ve discovered something new.

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Camping at Calaveras Big Trees State Park


Camping at Calaveras Big Trees State Park

Situated a bit further east into the foothills, this fantastic Redwood grove offers two distinct campsites — the North Grove and Oak Hollow campsites — as well as guided tours.

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