There are plenty of things to do and see in Nevada County. Below are links to help you in your research. If there is an emergency, our local hospital or urgent care are available as well.

Medical treatment:

While medical treatment is not one of those things that you would expect to see listed in a section like this, we would like to provide some information regarding emergency medical treatment in case the need arises while you are visiting our area. Our local hospital is

Sierra Nevada  Memorial Hospital
155 Glasson Way, Grass Valley, CA 95945

This is a very highly rated hospital with outstanding service in the area of cardiac and other emergency treatments. They have a 24 hour advice Nurse at 274-6877.

As is the case with most hospitals, the emergency room might be inpacted with non-emergency type service requests and the wait might be prolonged. For non-critical emergency needs, we have a local clinic known as:

2090 Nevada City Hwy, Grass Valley, CA 95945

They accept walk-in urgent care. It is open 7 days a week, 8 – 6 on weekdays and 9-4 on weekends. It is faster, more relaxed, and less expensive than the normal hospital emergency room.

Western Sierra Medical Clinic

The Urgent Care service is open 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

Fun Things to Do Around Nevada County:


FishingReel Angle Fly Shop

Nevada City is in the heart of some the best fishing opportunities in the State. Our local waters are noted for the abundance of trout (rainbow, brown, and brook), steelhead, salmon, shad and bass. We have a diverse availability of fishing opportunities from streams, rivers and lakes all within a short distance from Nevada City. If you have an interest in pursuing this sport, you can obtain specific local information at the Real Anglers in Grass Valley at 530-477-5397.

Gold Panning

California State ParksNevada City is in the heart of the Mother Lode district of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. It is said that this was the largest producing Gold area in the Mother Lode. During the gold rush, the waterways in the area were shoulder to shoulder gold panners trying to strike it rich. They took alot of gold from this area, but there is still gold present. Many people in the area still go down to the creeks and rivers and pan for gold during their free time. It’s a free activity (just the cost of a pan) and alot of fun. You can go to the Bridgeport area of the South Yuba River State Park which is about a 20 minute drive from the lodge and they will show you how to do it. The South fork of the Yuba River runs throught the park and you can try your hand there.
South Yuba River State Park
17660 Pleasant Valley Road, Penn Valley, CA 95946

Kentucky Mine and Stamp Mill and Museum

East on Hwy. 49. They offer guided tours into the underground mine which has California’s only remaining workable gold ore stamp mill. Their museum features local American Indian culture. For tours into the mine contact: Sierra County Historical Society at 530-862-1310

Music at the Mine: The Kentucky Mine Music Festival

There’s a relatively unknown jewel of an event that gives me great pride. Sierra County, just up the road on Hwy 49 at Sierra City’s Kentucky Mine, where they offer a mining tour of their hard-rock mine, and they have summer outdoor concerts. This is as American as American gets.
Music at the Mine
Hwy 49 to Sierra City, CA
1/4 mile east of Sierra City on the left side watch for “Kentucky Mine” sign. Turn there!

Music in the MountainsMusic in the Mountains, Penn Valley, CA

Spring Fest, Summer Fest, Fall Fest, and Holiday Concerts. As they proudly state “Our goal is to exceed your expectations.” and knowing personally that they have met that goal, many times over, gives our area a special satisfaction which is well beyond the boasting stage!
Music In the Mountains with performances at the Amaral Family Festival Center, in the Nevada County Fairgrounds, 11228 McCourtney Road, Grass Valley, CA 95945

Sierra City, CA

Though the don’t have commercially generated entertainment, they bask in Mother Nature’s blessings. See for yourself at the Sierra City website
Driving time 
1.5 hours from Nevada City
2.5 hours from Sacramento
4.5 hours from San Francisco
1.5 hours from Reno
1.5 hours from Lake Tahoe

Mountain Laurel- A Local Bluegrass Band

Their music is polished, entertaining, humourous and flavored with local spirit. The songs are their own creations and reach deeply into every family’s core. Visit the Mountain Laurel website to view their performance schedule.

The Rough & Ready Fruit Jar Pickers

Free performances every Sunday from 10 AM to Noon. They provide lyric books so that you may sing along with the band. Slapstick humor lives and breathes when they are together. As a recent Russian translator told his tour members, “This is American music…” (long pause as they nodded) “…before Hollywood.” They all belly-laughed and didn’t miss a beat with their tapping feet. Bring your own chairs. Visit Google Map for directions to Rough & Ready.

Stroll Through Nevada City and Grass Valley

Take your time and stroll through our narrow streets and nod or say, “Hello” to those that you see. Smell the aroma of flower gardens and of food cooking for family dinners. In the autumn, marvel at the burst of fall-colors against a backdrop of evergreeen pines and cedars. Or draw winter’s breath deep inside your body to awaken your holiday spirit.After all, your trip is for pleasure, so please your curoisty about days-gone-by as you walk through the here-and-now.
Nevada County Gold Magazine & online

The Empire Mine State Park, Grass Valley, CA

The Empire Mine is one of the oldest, largest, deepest, longest and richest gold mines in California. The mine was in existence for more than 100 years and produced 5.6 million ounces of gold before it closed in 1956.The park contains many of the mine’s buildings, the owner’s home (shown above) and restored gardens, as well as the entrance to 367 miles of abandoned and flooded mine shafts. The park consists of forested backcountry and eight miles of trails, including easy hikes (for hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding) – in the park.

Cornish Christmas, Grass Valley, CA

Friday nights after Thanksgiving – 6 PM to 9 PM, No admission fee.
Visit the Nevada County Gold Magazine webpage for current information.

Nevada City ChamberNevada City’s Annual Victorian Christmas, Nevada City, CA

Wednesday nights after Thanksgiving – 6 PM to 9 PM, There is no admission charge.
Visit the Nevada City Chamber of Commerce for current information.

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