Fall Fun!

When the Gold Country turns gold

To fully enjoy the splendor of Autumn in Nevada County, you scarcely need to do anything more than walk out the door and set out for a stroll through downtown Nevada City and the surrounding neighborhoods where stately Victorian homes are complemented by vibrant foliage at every turn. But should you find yourself wanting to really bask in the glow of fall- here are our suggestions!

Trails & Exploring

Pumpkins in Nevada County

Pick apples and pumpkins at Bierwagens Pumpkin Farm

Is there anything more small town in fall than a trip to the Pumpkin Patch? We can’t think of anything. While you’re there, drop into the mercantile for a jar of their famous peach jam, you can thank us later!

Fall at Empire Mine in Grass Valley CA
Photo Credit: Steve Arita

Maple Lane at Empire Mine State Park

The tour of the stately Bourne Cottage is a must-see any time of year, but fall is the perfect time to visit the Empire Mine. Take a stroll through Maple Lane and snap a selfie in the golden glow of the oaks, and don’t forget to bring a blanket to sprawl out on the expansive lawn in the shade of the brilliant foliage!

Fall at Deer Creek in Nevada City CA
Photo Credit: Ingrid Nelson

Deer Creek Tribute Trail

While there are endless walks in town to bask in the fall colors, if you feel like wandering a bit further, a scenic mile walk from the National Exchange Hotel brings you to the trailhead for the Deer Creek “Tribute Trail” and the “Angkula Seo” bridge, where a historic marker commemorates the native people of Western Nevada County- the Nisenan.

Fall cycling in Nevada City CA


A super fun single-track MTB trail for any season, the Hoot trail is especially beautiful in Autumn when the temperatures are cool and fall leaves pepper the trail.


"Haunted by History" Tours at the National Exchange Hotel

Join General Manager Anthony Jones for a candlelit tour of the National Exchange Hotel highlighting some of the spooky stories and hair-raising history of this Grand Dame!

“Nature gives to every time and season some beauties of its own.”

Charles Dickens