Local Towns


Twain Harte

Twain Harte is believed to be the first private recreational subdivision in the Sierra Nevada and is the home to the Twain Harte Village (the largest shopping center in the area), Twain Harte Golf Club (a golf course design by Clark Glasson, and Twain Harte Lake (a man-made lake and small resort).

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Known as the “gem of the Southern Mines” during the Gold Rush, Columbia is home of Columbia State Park, which is modeled after a 19th century mining town. The central historic district preserves the original mining town features and is a National Historic Landmark and on the National Record of Historic Places.  Columbia is about 16 miles from Twain Harte.

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Jamestown, formerly a California Gold Rush town and now a California Historical Landmark, is located about 13 miles from Twain Harte.

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Sonora was founded by Mexican Miners during the Gold Rush and had a booming economy based on mining and timber.  It is the center of commerce in the Mother Lode region and the closest city to Yosemite National Park.  It is located about 12 miles from Twain Harte.

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A popular recreation destination about 5600 ft. in elevation in the heart of the Stanislaus National Forest.