Events: Sutter Creek Daffodil Hill – Amador County2018-03-11T19:14:13+00:00

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Daffodil Hill – A Sutter Creek Special Event!
Located in Amador County’s town of Volcano

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Daffodil Hill normally opens between mid-March and mid-April.
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Daffodil Hill Essentials

  • Each spring Daffodil Hill explodes with thousands of blooms, attracting visitors from around the world.
  • Visitors are encouraged to call the recorded phone message at 209-296-7048 to see if Daffodil Hill is open that day.
  • Daffodil Hill is located at 18310 Rams Horn Grade, Volcano, California.
  • Daffodil Hill is open Monday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., weather permitting.
  • Admission and parking are free, the only charges may be from local youth groups raising funds in concession stands across the road.
  • No pets allowed on grounds of Daffodil Hill.
  • HANDICAP ACCESS is limited, but still enjoyable with wonderful views. Parking areas and pathways are gravel and dirt with some steep inclines. Use caution with wheelchairs and motorized chairs … and have people with you for stabilization. Handicapped parking available.

About Daffodil Hill
Daffodil Hill is a ranch owned by the McLaughlin family since 1887, and is located at 18310 Rams Horn Grade, Volcano, CA 95689. In the early days of the Gold Rush, Daffodil Hill was a regular stopping place for teamsters hauling timber from the Sierras down to the Kennedy and Argonaut Mines, and for eastbound travelers heading for the Comstock Lode on the Amador-Nevada Wagon Road (Highway 88).

In 1877, after coming west from New York and Ohio, Arthur McLaughlin and his wife, “Lizzie” van Vorst-McLaughlin purchased the ranch from Dutchman Pete Denzer, who planted a few daffodils around his residence in remembrance of his home country of Holland. Arthur and Lizzie continued to plant additional daffodils to beautify the ranch.

Daffodil Hill is situated in a beautiful mountain setting at the 3,000 foot elevation in Amador County. With pine trees, the original 1880’s barn, wagon wheels, gold rush era mining equipment and antique farming implements, it appeals to anyone with a love of nature and history. Flowers are everywhere and peacocks, chickens, miniature donkeys (Rosie and Sunshine), and a horse (Hannah) are also there for young and old alike to enjoy.

Over a Century of Nurturing
Today, much of the landscape around the old homestead is covered with several varieties of daffodils. The McLaughlin’s descendants have continued to personally plant several thousand new bulbs a year. In the past several years an average of 16,000 daffodil bulbs per year have been planted by the Ryan brothers and their families, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, and great-great-great grandchildren of Arthur and Lizzie. It is estimated that today, Daffodil Hill is carpeted with approximately 300,000 bulbs when in full bloom.

Season and Hours of Operation
Daffodil Hill is open only in the spring, usually from mid-March through the first weeks of April. After that it goes back to a working ranch and is not open for visitors. Mother Nature determines the length of the blooming season each year. Daffodil Hill is not open during or immediately after inclement weather. Visitors are advised to call Daffodil Hill (209) 296-7048, before they visit to make sure it is open. Daffodil Hill is open seven days a week during the season from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, weather permitting. Admission and parking are free, although donations are gratefully accepted. McLaughlin’s Daffodil Hill is a family operated and funded operation and any donations help fund new bulbs for the following year.

Special Requests
The family requests all visitors stay on the paths at all times and do not enter the planting areas or pick the blooms. In an effort to preserve the tranquility of Daffodil Hill, no pets are allowed on the main grounds.

Daffodil Hill Driving Directions

  • Daffodil Hill can be reached from Sutter Creek and the trip is about twelve miles.
  • Sutter Creek is located on Old Highway 49 in Amador County, accessible from Sacramento via Highway 16 (Jackson Road) or from Stockton via Highway 99 (Highway 88 turnoff)
  • From Main Street Sutter Creek (Old Highway 49), turn East on Gopher Flat Road.
  • Drive approximately 3 miles, and turn left at the third stop sign, which is Shake Ridge Road.
  • Drive about 9 miles on Shake Ridge Road to Rams Horn Grade.
  • Parking is to the left. 
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“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.