Activities: Things to Do2018-06-08T19:52:05+00:00

Sutter Creek – Things to Do

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Amador Flower Farm
22001 Shenandoah School Rd, Plymouth 95669
(209) 245-6660

Offers nearly 1000 daylily varieties at the Flower Farm itself, which is nestled in beautiful Shenandoah Valley. Demonstration gardens – 13 acres to walk over and free Picnic areas on the grounds.

Open Hours 9-4 everyday
Closed Mon-Wed in Dec, Jan & Feb

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Black Chasm Cavern
Gold Country Adventures offers 45 minute guided walking tours through the spectacular Black Chasm Cavern. Guests can expect to descend 165 steps into the cavern and visit three highly decorated chambers. On the tour guests can view sparkling crystals, a vivid blue lake and incredibly rare helictite formations that seemingly defy gravity by twisting and curling from the cavern walls in every direction. Black Chasm Cavern was designated a National Natural Landmark by an act of Congress in 1976 due to the proliferation of helictite formations found in the cavern.

Guided tours leave on the hour every day of the year. Through the winter season tours occur from 11 a.m to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m to 4 p.m on weekends. The cavern is open every day of the year. Tours are limited to 25 people so we suggest that groups of 15 people or more reserve a tour time by calling ahead (209)-296-5007.

Above ground we offer a variety of activities that the entire family can enjoy. Sand bags salted with real gems and crystals can be purchased at the visitor center and sifted through using our operational mining flume. Geodes are available for purchase as well and an experienced guide will help you crack open these stones to reveal the hidden crystals inside. Furthermore the visitor center offers a wide selection of mineral specimens, books, toys and jewelry for sale to take home as souvenirs.

For more information visit or call 209-296-5007

First Saturday Art Trek
It’s time to visit galleries and businesses that are featuring new or continuing shows for this Monthly Event. Gallery-hop from 1- 6 pm and you’re likely to meet artists, see and buy their new works, while enjoying refreshments and mingling with other art-lovers. Pick up a handy tri-fold brochure at one of the galleries to guide you to other locations. The free Art Trek can be experienced anytime – checking the brochure for hours of operation of each gallery.

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Roaring Camp Mining Company
Open May through September: Cabins, tent sites, fishing, river swimming, gold panning tour, prospecting. Roaring Camp is something special in the way of family recreation. It is an old goldmining camp on the Mokulmne River. In the past, it was accessibly only by horseback. Roaring Camp was once a camp for Forty Niners, but since it was so inaccessible, most of the gold still remains. Visitors can see our operating gold mine an can mine their own gold by panning, sluicing, dredging, and dry washing. In the Mokulumne Canyon, the three forks of the Mokelumne River come together. It is a river unsurpassed in natural beauty. The water is so clear that one can watch the tadpoles and fish swim. There are waterfalls and natural rock formations forty feet high.
There is also a quiet, secluded “swimming hole” with rocks of varying sizes, ideal for diving by those who dare! Be sure to bring your fishing gear. The fishing here is excellent!

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Phone: 209-296-4100

Amador County Recreation Agency Picnic Area on the Creek
Picnic area four miles out of Sutter Creek on Church Street – Suter Creek-Volcano Road. Area has ample picnic Picnic Area ample, Gold Panning, Place for Kids to Play. Four miles up Volcano road.

Amador Vintners Association
The Amador Vintners Association is an alliance of thirty-four small, family wineries dedicated to promoting Amador County’s vibrant wine community and diverse, internationally renowned fine wines.

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Calaveras Big Tree State Park
Calaveras became a State Park in 1931 to preserve the North Grove of giant sequoias. This grove includes the “Discovery Tree”, the first Sierra redwood noted by Augustus T. Dowd in 1852. This area has been a major tourist attraction ever since, and is considered the longest continuously operated tourist facility in California.

Chaw’se Indian Grinding Rock State Park
Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park is located in the Sierra Nevada foothills eight miles east of Sutter Creek. The park nestles in a little valley 2,400 feet above sea level with open meadows and large valley oaks that once provided the native Americans of this area with an ample supply of acorns. The 135-acre park was created in 1968 and preserves a great outcropping of marbleized limestone with some 1,185 mortar holes — the largest collection of bedrock mortars in North America.

Eldorado National Forest
Located in Amador County’s backyard for great high sierra adventure. Established in 1910, theEldorado hosts over 2.1 million visitors each year. The Forest offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities to the forest visitor looking to explore, seek out new adventures, or revisit old memories.

Kirkwood Ski Area
Kirkwood Ski Area approximately 55 miles East of Sutter Creek on Highway 88. Best ski area in Amador County.


“Although John Sutter’s sawmill was about forty miles away, Sutter Creek is in the heart of the California Gold Country. Sutter made camp here, trying to avoid the gold rush crowds, but miners soon spilled in and made the town. Mining boomed and then faded…making way for today’s contagion: wine fever. In and around Sutter Creek you can mosey along sidewalks shaded by filigreed balconies.”  – New York Times 36 Hours

Yesterday & Today

The town derives it’s name Sutter Creek after John Sutter. Sutter as early as 1844, had in pursuit of timber, established whipsawing pits and an outdoor manufacturing business named Pine Woods. It was this area near the creek, which runs behind City Hall, that became the site of new and permanent settlement. It is told the settlement started because of a single tent raised there for miners to use on rainy Sundays when they could not get to Jackson or Drytown. Sutter Creek truly established itself permanently when Gold quartz was discovered in 1851 and the became a major supply center.

Among other notable historic landmarks like Knight Foundry and the nearby Kennedy Mine, visitors should take some time to enjoy the historic wine country surrounding Sutter Creek. Wine production in the area dates back one hundred fifty years, when pioneers seeking their fortunes in gold found the ideal climate for growing wine grapes. Today Amador County boasts over 25 wineries and is famous for its red Zinfandels.