High Sierra landscapes and Gold Rush history await in Nevada City—gateway to Tahoe National Forest.
Right next door to Tahoe National Forest, Nevada City serves as the perfect base camp. It's tucked on the slopes of the Sierra Nevada, placing you in the scenic heart of California Gold Country. Surrounded by untamed pine woods, Scotts Flat Lake greets you at the entrance of Tahoe Forest. For a weekend of boating, the lakeside campground is your go-to spot—it's fully equipped with a boat launch and tackle shop. Rent a boat here to cruise the lake. When you're not fishing or water skiing, kick back on the sandy beaches. Once you enter Tahoe National Forest, the true wonder of the High Sierra hits you. Snow-capped peaks and dense forests surround the campgrounds here. Hiking, horseback riding, and wild streams with great fishing are all within reach. West of Nevada City, you come to South Yuba River State Park. Gold panning, whitewater rafting, and hiking the South Yuba Trail make this a local favorite. You have a trove of camping options outside the parks. Have your pick from yurts, cabins, deluxe canvas tents, and tent sites on scenic farms. Many places include Wi-Fi, in case you want to stay connected while exploring the High Sierra. If you don't want to travel far, you can always pitch a tent at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, just past Grass Valley. At an elevation of 2,500 feet, Nevada City boasts the perfect climate for camping. Cool summers and mild winters make this a popular California destination in every season.