Come to Gold Country
The history of the California Gold Rush is rich in folklore and interesting places, many of which are in hiking and driving distance from Willow Creek Campground.
It is not uncommon to find people panning for gold alongside the creeks and streams of the area, or to stumble upon an abandoned gold mine, some of which is easy to imagine the flurry of activity that was taking place back in 1849.
A great source for information before your trip is The California Gold Country: Highway 49 Revisited, by author Elliott H. Koeppel. While the book is temporarily out of print, sections of it can be found online on the authors website.
Nearest to the campground are the towns of Camptonville, Nevada City, and Downieville. The people may have changed, but each of the towns has maintained it’s unique Gold Country identity for more than 150 years!