Being in the heart of Gold Country, Amador County has its advantages – especially if you’re seeking an outdoor adventure.

Amador is in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California, bordered by the Cosumnes River to the north and the Mokelumne River to the south and is dotted with multiple bodies of water, including Lake Amador, Lake Camanche, Bear River Reservoir, Silver Lake, Sutter Creek, Jackson Creek and more, making it an inviting hiker’s retreat.

Take a look at these five golden hiking opportunities in Amador County.


Daffodil Hill

Take a stroll and smell the flowers.

Daffodil Hill is a multi-generational project dating back to the 1800s. It got started as a family garden before blossoming into a full-scale destination near a volcano site at 3,000 feet.

Flowers are everywhere, of course, but you will also delight in the other features. From pine trees, birds, lamb, farm animals, rusting mining equipment, framing tools, a walk along Daffodil Hill will transport your imagination with its historic vibe and natural beauty.

About seven acres are dedicated to 300 varieties of daffodil, which at their peak can bloom 400,000 strong.


Calaveras Big Trees State Park

Hikers can walk among giants at Calaveras Big Trees State Park.

The five-mile hiking groves offers spectacular views of giant sequoias in their natural setting, along with the Stanislaus River, Beaver Creek and other features.

The park houses two campgrounds, picnic areas and other established hiking trails.

Calaveras Big Trees became a state park in the 1930s to preserve the North Grove of giant sequoias. On your path, you will encounter what remains of “Discovery Tree,” which was the first Sierra redwood noted by Augustus T. Dowd in 1852. Its’ history makes it one the longest-running tourist facilities in California.


Natural Bridges Hiking Trail

This gorgeous two-mile trail leads visitors to limestone caverns shaped by the waters of Coyote Creek.

Once you embark on the trail, get ready to get your feet a little wet as you explore the shallow waters leading up to the caverns. Visitors may also encounter crawdads, tadpoles and other creatures along the way.

During the spring, the trail is ornamented by a large collection of wildflowers. The trail is located just outside the county in Vallecito.


Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park

This historic park is located just 12 miles east of the county seat in Jackson, nestled within a tiny valley about 2,400 feet above sea level.

The site opens to meadows and large valley oak trees that once supplied acorns to Native Americans. It also features the largest collection of bedrock mortars in North America.

After exploring the site, visitors can learn more about its historic people at the Chaw’se Regional Indian Museum.


Sly Park Recreation Area

The Jenkinson Lake area, also known as Sly Park, is located in Pollock Pines and is a wonderful place of discovery and recreation for the entire family.

Sly Park has it all. From boating, camping, fishing, biking and hiking, the opportunities to take in the Sierra Nevada’s most exquisite features is located here.

The main trail at Sly Park follows the shoreline and is suitable for beginners and covers a large swath of land. The 8.5 miles of the system ranges from easy to more difficult and is multi-use. So, be on the lookout for bikes and horses!

After working up a sweat, you can enjoy the refreshing Jenkinson Lake where you can swim, fish, water ski or paddle board for a little break.

The trail winds mostly along the lake, but also through thick forested areas and open meadowlands.