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What to do in and
around Arnold

Arnold Rim Trail


The Arnold Rim Trail was entirely developed by community volunteers and is a testament to local love for outdoor spaces. The trail currently comprises 17 miles winding through old-growth forest, down into shady canyons and up onto


rocky outcroppings overlooking the central valley. A non-motorized system, the trail was designed for hikers, bikers and equestrians and is a beautiful asset for residents and visitors alike. Dogs are allowed on the trail if they can be brought to heel if wildlife, other dogs or people are encountered.

2158 Dunbar Rd, Arnold, CA 95223

Ironstone Vineyards

Where history and wine meet." Ironstone Vineyards is a premier destination winery located in Murphys, California. Amenities include our Tasting Room & Gold Leaf Deli, Heritage Museum (home to our 44-pound crystalline gold piece) & Jewelry Shoppe, Amphitheater, plush gardens featuring a lakeside park, and complimentary tours of our facilities. Our wines reflect the diversity of offerings from the Lodi and Sierra Foothills Appellations of Northern California. Through emphasizing the practice of Sustainable Viticulture, Ironstone Vineyards conserves water use, builds healthy soil, and maintains our surrounding wildlife habitat. Please Note: We are closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.


1894 6 Mile Rd, Murphys, CA 95247-9543

White Pines Lake

One of our favorite places in Arnold to base your family-friendly high-sierra play is pretty White Pines Lake with its disc golf course, sandy beaches, picnic tables, children’s playground area and basketball court. You can’t go wrong with a picnic lunch here followed by fishing, hiking, kayaking, paddle-boarding or swimming. At one end is the fascinating Sierra Nevada Logging Museum, which also serves as the trailhead for the Arnold Rim Trail. Just 5 minutes east is Calaveras Big Trees State Park



Mercer Caverns is a cave one mile north of Murphys, a little over a 20-minute drive from Arnold.

The standard tour of the cave descends 160 feet, 208 steps down and 232 up in a traverse between the natural and an artificial entrance. The cave was mapped in 1986 to a length of 3389 feet and a total depth of 192 feet. The map can be viewed on the cave's web site.

1665 Sheep Ranch Rd, Murphys, CA 95247

Discover Aragonites at Mercer Caverns



The Sierra Nevada Logging Museum is situated at one end of the lake and gives a fascinating look into the history of logging that was so


important in the Sierra Nevadas for many decades. Creative exhibits bring this history to life and honor those who lost their lives in the industry. It is also the site of one of the trail-heads to the Arnold Rim Trail.

2148 Dunbar Rd. Arnold Ca 95223

Sierra Nevada Logging Museum

Moaning Cavern holds the largest vertical chamber in a public cavern that you can see in California. In fact, it’s so big, it could hold the entire Statue of Liberty.

5350 Moaning Cave Road
Vallecito, CA

Moaning Caverns


Another quaint, gold-rush era town.  This one has saloons (don’t miss the Sarsaparilla) and, in summer, fun activities such as panning for gold, horse-drawn carriage rides and candle-dipping (some of these are only offered on weekends).

Just a short 22.5 mile drive from the cabin!

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Historic Murphys

Discover firsthand why Murphys California was voted one of the top ten coolest small towns in America by Budget Travel Magazine. With its nearly two-dozen wine tasting rooms all within strolling distance along charming Main Street, its multiple restaurants featuring delicious, high-quality cuisine, boutique shopping and historic architecture all located in the Sierra Foothills, this town is a must-see destination.

Just 15 Minutes from the cabin!

Bear Valley Ski Resort

Bear Valley offers Skiing and snowboarding from November through April. Our ski season runs from mid-November to mid-April and is packed with special events, races, competitions, and more!

The park has been in business for more than 55 years. There are more than 1600 acres of skiable terrain and a 1900-foot vertical drop, making it the largest ski resort in California’s Central Sierra Nevada. In addition to our 75+ trails, we have 9 different lifts that can take you to all corners of the mountain.

Bear Valley truly is a fantastic place for Skiing and snowboarding – join us this season and see why so many people make it their winter home away from home!

Big Trees State Park

Calaveras Big Trees State Park preserves a mixed conifer forest with two groves of giant sequoias - the North Grove and South Grove. In addition to the giant sequoia trees, you will find the Stanislaus River, Beaver Creek, ancient volcanic formations, natural meadows, and trails throughout the park allow you to discover the area that has awed visitors since 1852

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