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Area Description

Over the years Tuolumne County has been known as a popular "vacation play land" Once known for its gold extraction and its valuable timber resource, Tuolumne County has now become a favorite vacation spot for outdoor enthusiasts. Nature lovers find a wide range of outdoor activities year around with our abundance of lakes, hiking trails, an alpine ski resort, golf courses, swimming holes, wild rivers and campgrounds. Foodies will love the dining options and local wineries. History buffs will love Railtown State Historic Park in Jamestown, the home of the "Movie Railroad" as well as Columbia State Historic Park, a working gold rush town. Hotels, B&B's, vacation rentals and campgrounds, and resorts ensure tourists have lots of lodging options to enjoy the foothills the mountains and the beauty of Yosemite National Park in both the winter and the summer.

Includes Cities/Towns: Columbia, Groveland, Jamestown, Sonora, Twain Harte.

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Area Amenities

Things to Do, Recreation & Fitness

   Tuolumne County offers a wide range of amenities for every age group. We have numerous lakes perfect for fishing, swimming and boating as well as hundreds of miles of hiking and biking trails. We also have four golf courses, three theatres, a bustling downtown area for shopping and a wide range of dining options. We host numerous festivals, fairs and concert venues each year.

Cultural Activities

The natural beauty of the area is reflected in a thriving arts community. Art associations include the Sierra Quilt Guild, Mother Lode Spinners, Sierra Needle Artists, the Mother Lode Art Association and the Yosemite Artists Guild hold regular annual events highlighting guest artists.

If music is more your scene, you will enjoy the many summer concert series throughout the County, including the Strawberry Music Festival near Yosemite, the Twain Harte Summer Concert Series, and The Jamestown Summer Concert Ceres. The Sonora Bach Festival as well as a local symphony of the Sierras, a brass and reed band and an outstanding jazz festivals series at Columbia Community College are scheduled in the fall.

Tuolumne County is also one of the most popular regional theatre destinations in California and its 3 theatres offer more than 20 plays and over 400 performances each year!

Public transportation

Two taxi services are available seven days a week. Tuolumne County Transit has fixed routes on weekdays throughout the County. On Saturdays you can call for advance reservations only. County transit is not available on Sundays. Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System provides transportation to Yosemite in the summer and two airports in the county accommodate lifht aircrafts up to medium twins and small jets.

Medical Facilities

Tuolumne County one major hospital and 3 outpatient clinics including a VA Clinic. Sonora Regional Medical Center is proud to care for the Sierra foothill counties with an extraordinary medical team, top-notch medical technology and caring professionals. You will also find several skilled nursing and assisted living facilities throughout the county.


Monthly Temperatures / Rain / Snow

 Month  Low  Avg  High  Rain  Snow
 Jan  32.0  43.5  55.0  6.3 "  3.7 "
 Feb  34.0  46.0  58.0  6.0 "  4.4 "
 Mar  37.0  49.0  61.0  5.6 "  4.0 "
 Apr  40.0  53.5  67.0  3.1 "  1.7 "
 May  45.0  60.5  76.0  1.4 "  0.2 "
 Jun  51.0  68.0  85.0  0.3 "  0.0 "
 Jul  56.0  74.5  93.0  0.0 "  0.0 "
 Aug  55.0  73.5  92.0  0.1 "  0.0 "
 Sep  50.0  67.5  85.0  0.5 "  0.0 "
 Oct  42.0  58.5  75.0  1.9 "  0.1 "
 Nov  36.0  49.0  62.0  3.9 "  1.2 "
 Dec  32.0  43.5  55.0  5.8 "  3.6 "

Summers are warm and sunny for hiking, biking, swimming and fishing. Fall is a great time to enjoy the splendor of the changing colors of the trees, winter is great for snow skiing, ice skating and snow shoeing and spring has an abundance of green rolling hills, wild flowers and raging waterfalls.

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Cost of Living for Sierra Nevada Foothills near Yosemite, CA

Sierra Nevada Foothills near Yosemite, California cost of living for Housing, Healthcare, Transportation, Taxes, Utilities, etc.:

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Senior Housing Options

Tuolumne county, with its diverse landscape offers housing options to fit everyone's needs. Choose between quaint neighborhoods or apartments in in Sonora, Jamestown or Columbia or find a home nestled in the pines and oak trees in Tuolumne or Twain Harte. Gated communities are sprinkled through-out the county as well as ranches or neighborhoods with private lakes and stables.

Senior Assistance in Sierra Nevada Foothills near Yosemite, CA

Sierra Nevada Foothills near Yosemite, California offers the following assistance for seniors:

Services for seniors are abundant in Tuolumne County. Many businesses and senior centers offer fitness and health classes. Area 12 Agency on Aging is a great senior resource connection promotes opportunities for independence and the highest possible quality of life for seniors. Services seniors also include a large senior center offering an a wide range of activities throughout the year as well as hot meals at seven locations throughout the county and meals on wheels.

Job or Volunteer Opportunities

There are lots of opportunities for volunteers on the greater Sonora Area. Sonora Regional Medical Center, Tuolumne County Humane Center are just a couple of examples. The local newspaper advertises volunteer opportunities throughout the county weekly.

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