The Nevada City-Grass Valley area, with outstanding Gold Rush history and good choices in lodging and dining, has become known as one of California’s best areas to view autumn foliage or “leaf peep”. Enjoy a leisurely stroll or bike ride through the old-fashioned Victorian neighborhoods of Nevada City and Grass Valley surrounding the downtown historic districts. Magnificent Maple, Birch, Lombard, Amber and Oak trees produce an array of fall color. The most spectacular displays are the century-old Maple trees planted by early settlers. Peak color weeks in Nevada City and Grass Valley are difficult to predict but mid-October to mid-November is usually most colorful. Fall Color Tour Maps and a Tree Tour Map are available and visitors may call ahead to check day-to-day conditions.
There are dozens of hikes and walks for every taste, age and ability. Short hikes are found near town, others meander through the nearby South Yuba River canyon and high country hikes are found in the Tahoe National Forest in the Grouse Ridge area. For mountain and road bikers, Nevada County is an outdoor paradise and year-round playground. Peaceful, uncrowded roads meander through the scenic countryside of Nevada County, making this ideal area of biking. Nevada County has long been a cycling center, due in large part to the famous Nevada city Bicycle Classic, which dates back to 1961 and is the oldest bicycle race on the West Coast with riders such as Greg LeMond and Lance Armstrong.