Grass Valley (& surrounding areas) Activities

(Just a Few!!!!!)


It's hard to know where to start when describing the activities available in Grass Valley/Nevada City & the surrounding area. Almost every weekend there's something special going on. We are approximately 1 hour drive to Sacramento or Lake Tahoe. Countless number of excellent lakes, rivers & streams within minutes, wineries/wine tasting, museums, antique shops & specialty shops galore, walking tours, Empire Mine State Park (less than a mile), County fairgrounds activities, fly fishing, excellent dining. Even snow play activities are nearby in the winter along with skiing less than an hour away. We could go on & on, but suggest contacting Grass Valley &/or Nevada City Chambers of Commerce or Nevada County & Sierra County Chambers (see our Links page) for an even more complete list of events & dates.

There are numerous supermarkets nearby if you wish to utilize our gourmet kitchen &/or BBQ areas to prepare your own meals

Below is a partial list of activities to get you started on planning your daily outings.

General Good Stuff:
Wine Tasting: There are so many wonderful wineries in Nevada County & the surrounding area that we suggest contacting the Chambers of Commerce (see our Links page) for a more complete list.

Pilot Peak Winery*****: 9 miles from Kate's Place. One of our favorites!! A must stop destination for any wine tour of Nevada County. Extra friendly people who know how to make wine. We're PEAKers (Wine Club Members) & we love it. Say "Hi" to Jacque, Len or Nancy & tell 'em you're staying @ Kate's & they'll treat you special! "Sunset @ The Peak", Saturday nights, June-Oct, with live music, dancing, wine & food is great. Make Reservations!!!!: or (530)432-3321.

Playground: Behind Hennessey School 225 S. Auburn Street, Grass Valley. Designed by children, built by community volunteers, 14,000 sq. ft. park structure.

Rock Creek Nature Trail: Approx. 10 miles from Kate's Place. Off Hwy 20, six miles from Nevada City. One-half mile, easy. Theme is ecosystems in area. picnic tables.

Sierra Discovery Trail: Hwy 20 out of Nevada City to Bowman Lake Road. PG&E community service project, less than one-mile loop, interpretive signs, waterfall, restrooms, picnic area with barbecue on Bear River.

Fall Colors*****: 2-1/2 to 3 hour round trip from Kate's Place. The drive up Hwy 49 through Grass Valley, Nevada City & on to Downieville & Sierra City is breathtaking during October & November & rivals (many say even surpasses) the northeastern United States in its splendor. See our links page for Sierra County Chamber of Commerce--

Nevada County Traction Company: Northern Queen Inn, Railroad Avenue, Nevada City. (530)265-0896 Take “train” past historic sites including the Mohawk Gold Mine & a Maidu village, 3 mile round trip, stop at Chinese Cemetry. Make sure to call for dates, times & special events.

Classic Car Shows

Public Parks:
Memorial Park: Colfax Hwy, Grass Valley, (530)274-4350 Veteran’s Memorial Wall, playground, baseball, picnic and barbecue areas, tennis, swimming pool.

Condon Park: Minnie Street off Butler Street, Grass Valley, (530)274-4350 Hiking trails, basketball court, baseball, bocce court, horseshoes, disc golf course, arboretum, playground, pond, skateboard park.

Alta Sierra Country Club:
 8 miles from Kate's Place. 11897 Tammy Way, Grass Valley, (530)273-2010. Semi-private with public play in afternoons, 18 holes, par 72

Nevada County Country Club: 1.5 Miles from Kate's Place. 1040 E. Main Street, Grass Valley, (530)273-6436. Semi-private with public play PM & weekends, 9 holes, par 34

Quail Valley Golf Course: 3 miles from Kate's Place at 12594 Auburn Rd., Grass Valley, (530)274-1340. Public golf course,

9 holes, par 29.

Firehouse #1 Museum: 214 Main St. Nevada City, (530)265-5468 Firehouse built in 1861. Relics from Donner Party, Chinese temple altars, Indian artifacts, Victorian clothing, toys, tools.

Searls Historical Library: 214 Church Street, Nevada City, (530)265-5910. Law office of Niles Searls, Chief Justice of Ca State Supreme Court, built in 1872. Historic books, photos, manuscripts & research material.

Nevada County Railroad & Transportation Museum: 5 Kidder Court, Nevada City, (530)470-0902. Artifacts & exhibits relating to historic Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad including vintage locomotive & antique railroad cars, 1901 auto, the county’s 1st on display.

North Star Power House & Pelton Wheel Mining Exhibit: Mill St. & McCourtney Road, Grass Valley, (530)273-4255. One of the finest collections of hardrock mining equipment & artifacts in US. Giant Pelton Wheel, picnic area.

Grass Valley Museum: 410 S. Church at Chapel Street, Grass Valley, (530)273-5509. Restored school & orphanage built in 1895. Classroom, parlor, music room, doctor’s office, special exhibits.

State Parks:
Empire Mine State Historic Park*****: Less than a mile from Kate's Place. Visitor center & mine, 10791 E. Empire Street, Grass Valley, (530)273-8522. The oldest, richest hardrock gold mine in California. It is one of the areas'

most popular attractions. You will find restored buildings, exhibits, an illuminated mine shaft & Bourn Cottage

with its' lovely gardens. Truly delightful tours for young & old alike.

Donner Memorial State Park: 55 miles from Kate's Place. 12593 Donner Pass Rd., Truckee, (530)582-7892, Study Sierra Nevada’s geological history, fish, hike; in the winter build snowmen, cross county ski.

Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park: 31 miles from Kate's Place via Tyler Foote Crossing Road

off Hwy 49. (530)265-2740, picnicking & gold panning.

South Yuba River State Park: 13 miles from Kate's Place. 17660 Pleasant Valley Road, Penn Valley, (530)432-2546. Historic Bridgeport is the longest single span covered bridge in the country. Swimming in one of the river’s natural pools, kayak, hiking, picnicking & fishing.

Recreation/Fishing: There are so many rivers, streams & lakes in Nevada County & the surrounding areas that it would be impossible to list them all, but a few within less than an hour or so drive; Yuba River (see Amenities page, Fishing), Downie River, both great for flyfishing or just sitting around & picnicking & enjoying nature or stopping in Sierra City or Downieville for a great lunch or ice cream cone!!!!!!!


Rollins Lake: 7.5 miles from Kate's Place, off Hwy 174 & Rollins Lake Road, Colfax, restaurant, boat rentals, stores, gas dock, water-skiing, swimming, boating, shore fishing--catchable trout planted yearly, bass, catfish, bluegills.

Scott’s Flat Lake: 12 miles from Kate's Place, off Hwy 20, Scott’s Flat Road, Nevada City, Playground, swimming, water skiing, hike, fish--catch trout, kokanee salmon, bass, catfish, bluegills & German brown trout.

Bullards Bar Reservoir: 36 miles from Kate's Place, north off of Hwy 49. All of the above with great

trails for hiking & biking.

Tributary Whitewater Tours: 20480 Woodbury Drive, Grass Valley, 1(800)672-3846 Ride nearby rivers, easy to difficult, half-day to four day trips.

Kayaking: Wolf Creek Wilderness, 595 E Main St., Grass Valley, (530)477-2722. World class white-water within a two hour radius of western Nevada County including South & North Forks of the Yuba River. Quiet-water at area lakes, guide book available.

Hiking & Trails:
Mountian Biking & hiking: Too many trails to list, but both Chambers have brochures(see our Links page)
Tahoe National Forest Trails: Ranger-(530)587-3558
Empire Mine State Park & other state parks listed above.
Bullards Bar Reservoir

Remember, the above is only a partial list!