A dog-friendly destination is more than one that simply allows dogs — it is one that welcomes them! Dogs don't want to be left behind to keep the home fires burning. They happily prance and wag their tails to the question they long to hear, "Do you want to go?”
Nevada County offers much for dogs traveling with their families...miles and miles of walking trails and open space, evergreen trees and fall colors and best of all are the great outdoor smells. While on the leash dogs love to stroll through the historic towns of Grass Valley, Nevada City and Truckee, the historic state parks and friendly wineries. For those dogs that really need to stretch their legs ... two off-leash dog parks offer exhilarating run-free romps and an opportunity for canine social hours. And when it’s time to relax comfortable campsites or lodging awaits the dog traveling with his family.
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Brimming in history, culture and outdoor recreation, Nevada County offers an authentic California travel experience that is sure to delight and inspire each and every visitor.
The county was created in 1851 and was named after the mining town of Nevada City, a name originally derived from the term “Sierra Nevada.” Interestingly, this California county adopted the Nevada moniker (which means “snowy” in Spanish) a full 10 years before the neighboring state took ownership of the name.
Explore the Spirit of California
Naming confusion aside, perhaps the biggest conundrum that visitors face in this fascinating 978-square mile county is where to start! With a foundation built upon the compelling Gold Rush and immigrant experiences, the entire region is now a cornucopia of recreational opportunities, arts and culture, interesting special events
, a growing wine industry and exceptional dining options
that will please even the most discerning tastes.
Nevada County’s Destinations
Nevada County is home to three distinct downtown areas – Nevada City, Grass Valley and Truckee. Each of these fascinating towns offers its own unique interpretation of the Sierra Nevada story. From world-class skiing and snowboarding
to mountain biking, Truckee offers stellar year-round outdoor fun coupled with historic sites ripe for exploration. Nevada City exudes a creative fun-loving spirit in its downtown shops and restaurants, enchanting Victorian Christmas events and galleries. Offering small town charm incarnate, Grass Valley is the hub of the emerging Nevada County wine industry and boasts a Center for the Arts, which hosts big city talent.
Western Gateway Park in Penn Valley includes a great dog park
Visit Nevada County
Northstar - Photo Credit: @booradleyjj
Why walk when you can ride? OK, lots of reasons…But both you and your dog will enjoy the novelty of a lift-assisted hike at the Northstar California, Squaw/Alpine or Mammoth Mountain ski resorts, all of which welcome four-legged passengers in their enclosed aerial conveyances. There’s not much time left this season to hitch a ride, so better get those paws in gear! more »
Luxury camping cabin - Scott Wallace (CC)
Maybe you like the idea of camping but don’t own (or care to own) the requisite equipment. Enter “glamping,” a hybrid word referring to rustic-chic, outdoor-oriented lodging that doesn’t involve pitching your own tent. A new player on the scene, Inn Town Campground, just outside the Gold Country town of Nevada City, does it right with a colony of safari-style tents outfitted with electricity, comfy beds, fresh linens, artsy accessories and outdoor seating. more »
Lifeguard on duty, Lake Natoma. Photo Credit: @lifesensibly
Summertime and the livin’ is easy…as long as you’re on a lake. Heading up to Gold Country, you’ll find lots of places to dip your paws no matter which road you take. Here are some of our favorite splash spots in the Sierra foothills. more »
Playing in the South Yuba River. Photo Credit: Alan Dunkin
The Sierra Nevada foothills, with their quaint, Gold Rush-era towns and growing portfolio of wineries, are a joy to explore with a four-legged companion. If you’re seeking a particularly scenic place for the two of you to hike (perhaps wine-tasting will come later?), look no farther than the South Yuba River, which froths its winding way through Nevada County and offers many opportunities for bluff-top hiking with occasional descents to idyllic swimming holes. A locals’ favorite is the Hoyt Trail, about seven miles north of Nevada City. more »
This in-between time of year, when snowfall in the mountains is still light or nonexistent, is a great time for one last hike in the high country with your four-legged friends. Check conditions before you go, come prepared for changing weather, wear waterproof boots, keep an eye to the sky, bring water for yourself and your dog, pack snowshoes just in case—and enjoy. Here are five favorite rambles not far off of Interstate 80. more »