On your way to or from Yosemite on Highway 120, you’ll arrive in Groveland, one of the County’s Gold Rush towns. Try to stay out of trouble though; this town was once named “Garrotte” for the area’s swift and harsh justice from a large oak tree. Once, Groveland offered miners exceptional gold discoveries, but in 1914 the focus switched to water, and the town was chosen to be the construction headquarters for the Hetch Hetchy Water Project—the water supply for San Francisco.
Today Groveland is a must-stop town where visitors find respite in historic hotels, B&B’s and vacation rentals. Beautiful Pine Mountain Lake offers golfing, dining, horseback riding, camping, water sports and an airport.
Some things to do in Groveland
1. Wander Main St. and enjoy shops, eateries and saloon.
2. Visit the historic jail.
3. Explore the Groveland Yosemite Gateway Museum.
4. Enjoy the outdoors at Pine Mountain Lake; hit the links at the beautiful golf course or take a saddle ride at the equestrian center.
5. Sip the varietals of Yosemite Cellars (by appointment).
6. Hike some of the many trails in the area.
7. Get wet on an epic whitewater rafting adventure on the Tuolumne River.