Last year we tried out a new campground called Gold Country Campground Resort located in Pine Grove, CA. Just off Highway 88, it is 8 miles east of Jackson and 48 miles from Sacramento. We went in late September because our kids had a Monday off from school and we knew the weather would be warmer in California. A co-worker had recommended we try it out, so Gold Country it was!!
We camped there in the “off-season” so a lot of the campsites were unoccupied for the weekend. The RV sites did have occupancy, but overall it was a nice and quiet weekend. Because it was relatively empty, the kids in our group were able to ride their bikes all around, but quickly found a treacherous turn that got the best of all of them. Thank goodness for bike helmets! It seems everyone got scraped up that weekend. What I liked best about camping there and not leaving until Monday was that all the other RV’s pulled out on Sunday, while we got to stay an extra day. We pulled the TV from our trailer and hooked it up to the cable hookups and enjoyed watching Sunday football outside. It was great!
Since we did go in the off-season, we didn’t get to enjoy all the amenities that Gold Country has to offer, but I’m sure if we make it back there, we will enjoy them! They have a swimming pool, a splash park, dog park, billiards, horseshoes, mini golf, a playground, arcade and clubhouse. From taking a look at their website, they also have Friday night Bingo! The resort also has cabin and cottage rentals for the non-camping guest.
Because we ended up heading to the campsite after work on Friday, by the time we got to Pine Grove, we were all starving. We grabbed a bite to eat at the local 88 Giant Burger and we were not disappointed! Over the weekend we also grabbed an ice cream cone from Munnerlyn’s Ice Creamery and all really enjoyed it. We also visited Black Chasm Caverns again since the family we camped with had never been. They all loved that excursion and I know we will do it again! It’s a big hit with the kids.
Gold Country is located close to historic Jackson and there is plenty to do in the area. There are lots of historical areas to visit, mine tours, gold panning, lots of shopping, dining, golf and wine tasting. I highly recommend visiting this cool town! I know that if we are planning to go back, we would definitely stay at Gold Country again.
Have you ever been to the Jackson area? If so, what should we check out? Please share!