Outdoor Activities In and Near Groveland, Ca

Groveland Hotel sits at the entryway to the beautiful Yosemite National Park. We are also a close drive into the Stanislaus National Forest, Pine Mountain Lake, and the Tuolumne River.

Experience Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park is the most sought-after attraction near Groveland, CA. Take advantage of the Yosemite Area Regional Transit System (YARTS) from Groveland to Yosemite and throughout the park.  Yosemite National Park, one of the first wilderness parks in the United States, is best known for its waterfalls, but within its nearly 1,200 square miles, you can find deep valleys, grand meadows, ancient giant sequoias, a vast wilderness area for summer hiking and winter snow-play, and much more.

For Kids– Yosemite is a great destination for children, offering programs like Wee Wild Ones Preschool Program, Junior Ranger Program, Story Time and Children’s Theatre.

Visit the Sequoias! – See some of the tallest, biggest and oldest living trees in the world. Nearby there are four options, the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias, Merced Grove, Tuolumne Meadow Grove, or Calaveras Big Trees.

Shuttle Tours – Another great option for visiting Yosemite is to do so by shuttle tours. These include trips to the Valley Floor, Glacier Pont or Tuolumne Meadows. There are also some unique night tours – the Valley Moonlight Tour or the Glacier Point Stargazing Tour. Some of these tours can be taken one way, giving you a great opportunity to hike back.

Explore the Stanislaus National Forest

Welcome to the Stanislaus National Forest, where you can fish in over 800 miles of rivers and streams, stay in a campground, or hike into the backcountry seeking pristine solitude. You can swim near a sandy beach or wade into cold clear streams cooling your feet while lost in the beauty of nature, raft the exciting Tuolumne River, or canoe one of the many gorgeous lakes.

Visit Pine Mountain Lake

Pine Mountain Lake is a beautiful private gated community with oodles of resort-styled amenities including a golf course, tennis court, campgrounds, swimming pool, horse stables, country club, lake with beaches, boats, swimming, marina and fishing. Many of our guests stay with us as they spend time looking at property for their retirement home, second home, permanent home or just a get-away place. Located around the corner from us, we couldn’t be more conveniently located as a place to stay while you search for your next house!

Fishing

Fishing on the Tuolumne – Ready to wet a line? You will find plenty of great fishing locations between Groveland and the Yosemite Park Highway 120 entrance. Fishing tends to be better in this corridor than in the park itself. There is no fish planting in Yosemite and with the crowds that Yosemite experiences, decent fishing will usually take a bit of a hike, and the fish are usually small.

Stream fishing is most popular and the main, middle, and south forks of the Tuolumne River all offer great trout fishing. The South and Middle Forks are planted weekly with rainbow trout, but also host a healthy population of native rainbow and also occasional brown trout. Headwater stretches of these rivers also have some native brook trout. The main fork of the Tuolumne is a little more work to access but the reward is larger rainbows and browns!

Explore nearby historic Sierra Foothills Gold Rush Towns

Visit these unique towns that started in the mid-1800s and still retain their Gold Rush charms today. Explore shops with authentic Gold Rush architecture, wineries, and restaurants.

Columbia – Historic Gold Rush Town and State Park – Want to step back in time? Columbia is the perfect place to be enveloped in a quintessential Gold Rush experience. This town was established in 1850 when gold prospectors set up camp. It retains much of its Gold Rush charm thanks to shopkeepers in traditional costume, a Main Street lined with authentic storefronts, and pedestrian-only roads.

Murphys – Old West meets Wine Tasting – The Murphys, California of today, known as “Queen of the Sierra,” grew from a single trading post and gold mining operation in 1848. Murphys combines the old with the new, thanks to its historic buildings which now house updated shops, restaurants, and many entertainment options. With over 26 wine tasting rooms and an olive oil tasting room, Murphys is the perfect day trip that will tantalize your taste buds and let you explore the up-and-coming world of Calaveras County Wine!

Sonora – Gold Rush Town and County Center – In 1848, Sonora, California was named after Sonora, Mexico, in homage to the hometown of many of the gold miners who helped establish it. Today Sonora retains much of its Gold Rush architecture and allure but is also known to be a center for modern culture in Tuolumne County.

Jamestown – Try your hand at gold panning to get an authentic gold rush experience!

Exploring Main Street Groveland 

Shopping – While you’re here, check out the retail shops offering gifts, outdoor gear, and home furnishings reflecting the gold rush era and the area’s long ranching history. 

Walking Tour – Walk Main Street to learn more about the historic buildings that house the businesses, or take a guided Groveland Happy Hour Walking Tour to learn even more about the colorful history of the town.

Visit the Library and Museum – Only steps away from the Groveland Hotel, is the Groveland Library. It also shares the building with the Groveland Museum which features a great gift shop with items about the local area as well as Yosemite. 

Restaurants

Groveland is home to some tasty dining spots. While staying with us at the Groveland Hotel, choose from several restaurants with unique menus, most within walking distance!

Iron Door Saloon – The eclectic saloon boasts of being the oldest continuously operating saloon in California and the aged woodwork and huge iron doors are testaments to this. Steaks and burgers are their specialties! 

Mountain Sage Coffee – Wonderful coffee, inviting atmosphere, a beautiful nursery out back, and stunning photography by local artist Robb Hirsch.

Priest Station Cafe – Priest Station is a family-run restaurant serving classic American food. Dine in a relaxed setting with panoramic views on their outdoor patio.

Pizza Factory – Pizza, pasta, sandwiches, salads, calzones for dine-in, take-out and delivery. They have a large arcade for your kids as well as a bounce house for special events.

Two Guys Pizza Pies – Family-owned pizzeria offering indoor and outdoor seating. Salad bar, baked subs, calzones and of course, pizza!

The Grill at Pine Mountain Lake – The newly remodeled restaurant and lounge overlooks the Pine Mountain Lake Golf Course. The deck is perfect for outdoor dining or just cocktails, while enjoying live music most Saturday nights.

Firefall Coffee Roasting Company – Firefall serves a variety of their own in-house roasted coffee making this is a great place to stop by for the perfect warm cup of joe to start off your day of adventures!

Kevin and Randi’s Old-Fashioned Meat Market – This is the perfect local spot to satisfy every meat lover’s palate. They offer a variety of options including deli sandwiches, cheeses, and salads to go.

Lucky Buck – Sister restaurant to Priest Station Cafe, the Lucky Buck is located at Buck Meadows on your way into Yosemite, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.