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Get to know Arnold

Arnold is an old logging town in Calaveras County. It’s the gateway to Calaveras Big Trees State Park, a local draw since the 1850s and home to some of the oldest and tallest giant sequoias in existence. While Arnold may be best known for its hiking, there’s lots of other things to do here, too. The Sierra Nevada Logging Museum interprets the area’s rich industrial heritage, with historic machinery exhibits and live demonstrations. White Pines Lake is popular for fishing, kayaking, and paddle boarding, along with disc golf on its shores. Conventional golf rounds are played at Sequoia Woods Country Club, a par-70 course with a bar and restaurant that’s open to the public. Commerce hugs Highway 4, where you’ll find inns, shops and eateries of all kinds.

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Living in the Sierra Foothills

Long before Huell Howser chased California’s figurative gold on television, the Sierra Foothills staked its claim as California’s true gold country, yielding a fortune in ore and lumber that quite literally helped build the state. By its traditional delineation, the region is composed of the eight Northern California counties parallel to — and across the Central Valley from — the Bay Area. Draw a straight line about a hundred miles east of San Francisco and you’ll hit Calaveras and Tuolumne counties, the heart of the Mother Lode. A bucolic landscape of lush meadows, roaring rivers, and towering forests canvasses a rolling topography, home to a historic and eclectic collection of mining and logging towns. Some corners, with the advent of the “super commuter,” have gained new neighbors in the form of shopping centers, box stores, and other suburban conveniences. The area’s accessibility to Silicon Valley, along with the Fresno-Yosemite area, has made it a popular prospect for full-time and weekend residents alike.