Calaveras County is the Home of the California Gold Rush and Celebrated Jumping Frog. Mark Twain made Calaveras County in northern California famous, worldwide, when he wrote of the “Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County” in 1865. The treasures of this enchanting Gold Country area in California continue to enrich the lives of all who visit Calaveras County today.
Calaveras County is located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains – 133 miles east of San Francisco and 135 miles west of Lake Tahoe in California. Calaveras County is found midway on State Highway 49 between Sacramento and Yosemite, linking the towns of the California Gold Country. Calaveras stretches to the east into California’s High Sierra wonderland.
Calaveras County boasts historic and picturesque gold rush towns, award-winning California wineries and micro-breweries, eclectic art galleries, antique shops, and California gold rush museums. Visit our new “California foodie” website which emphasizes the variety of agriculture and food-centric events and shopping available in Calaveras County. Year-round outdoor adventures are also yours in Calaveras County.