Jamestown, California



Known as the “Gateway to the Southern Mines”, Jamestown was the site where gold was first discovered in Tuolumne County, and is a gateway destination to Yosemite National Park and Stanislaus National Forest. Founded in 1848, the town retains its historic charm with many of its buildings dating back to the 1870s. Home to Railtown 1897 State Historic Park, Jamestown is also a popular destination for wine tasting, antique and specialty gift shopping, gold panning, and historic restaurants, saloons and lodging establishments. A tour of Railtown 1897 State Historic Park “The Movie Railroad” gives and interesting look into the Sierra Railroad’s history and film heritage.


Local Highlights include: Railtown 1897 State Historic Park, and Rocca Park in Jamestown; Columbia State Historic Park; and Sierra Repertory Theatre, Stage 3 Theatre Co., Sonora Fire Museum, Tuolumne County Museum & History Center and Veterans Memorial Hall & Museum in Sonora.


Regional Highlights include: Calaveras Big Trees State Park (approx. 35 miles), Yosemite National Park (approx. 42 miles); Stanislaus National Forest (approx. 45 miles), Pinnacles National Park (approx. 165 miles), Kings Canyon National Park (approx. 165 miles) and Sequoia National Park (approx. 190 miles).


Nearby Towns & Cities include: Sonora (approx. 4 miles), Columbia (approx. 7 miles), Soulsbyville (approx. 10 miles), Tuolumne City (approx. 12 miles), Chinese Camp (approx. 12 miles), Twain Harte (approx. 14 miles), Angels Camp (approx. 17 miles), Mi Wuk Village (approx. 17 miles), Sierra Village (approx. 22 miles), Long Barn (approx. 22 miles), Strawberry (approx. 32 miles), Pinecrest (approx. 32 miles), Groveland (approx. 27 miles), Jackson (approx. 47 miles), Modesto (approx. 52 miles), Manteca (approx. 57 miles), Mariposa (approx. 57 miles), Merced (approx. 67 miles), Stockton (approx. 70 miles), Oakhurst (approx. 95 miles), Sacramento (approx. 103 miles), Fresno (approx. 120 miles), San Jose (approx. 135 miles), San Francisco (approx. 140 miles).


Nearby Airports: Columbia Airport (approx. 7 miles), Merced Regional Airport (approx. 65 miles), Stockton Metropolitan Airport (approx. 70 miles), Sacramento International Airport (approx. 110 miles), Mineta San José International Airport (approx. 135 miles), San Francisco International Airport (approx. 140 miles).

Attractions and activities near to National Parks and public lands.



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