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Living in Calaveras County

We offer spectacular scenery, recreation, Gold Rush history, good schools and small-town quality of life.

About Historic Murphys

The town of Murphys was recently honored as one of "America’s Top 10 Coolest Small Towns," according to Budget Travel magazine. Like most towns in Calaveras County, Murphys was originally a Goldrush town of the 1850’s, and has been able to maintain its charm. Besides the history, Calaveras County has more varied geology than any other California county.

Year Round Recreation 

From mild to wild, water sports include house boating, flat water or river kayaking and canoeing, high speed boating, jet skiing, water skiing, wake boarding and class IV whitewater rafting on the North Fork of the Stanislaus River. Two major rivers and nine public access lakes from large reservoirs to small alpine lakes offer more that 300 miles of scenic shoreline.

Golfers get it in Calaveras County: green oases in the golden countryside; emerald meadows on the forest floor. Calaveras courses are legendary with challenges for every caliber of golfer.

Spectacular Scenery, Fun & Fine Arts, Wineries, and Homes

In September 2005 a 61-mile stretch of California’s Highways 4 and 89 was honored as The Ebbetts Pass National Scenic Byway. The high-country road links two state parks – Calaveras Big Trees and Grover Hot Springs – the Carson-Iceberg and Mokelumne National Wilderness areas, the Pacific Crest Trail, Bear Valley and the Stanislaus and Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forests.

Calaveras has three fascinating caverns you can explore, miles of hiking trails, and the world's largest trees in Calaveras Big Trees State Park.  

You'll enjoy entertainment under the stars at Ironstone Vineyards concert series every summer. 

Visit for information about theatre, arts, music.

Visit for information about the many vineyards and wineries in the area.

Visit for housing information.

Jumping Frogs and Amazing Yosemite   

Angels Camp, population 3,400, is the only incorporated city in Calaveras County and is home to the famous “Calaveras County Fair and Jumping Frog Jubilee." On the third week in May over 2,000 frogs and 40,000 people who love them come from all over the country for this four-day event, an annual celebration since 1929.

Yosemite National park is a one-hour drive from Calaveras County. Lake Tahoe is a short two-hour drive. Excellent driving on main roads and side roads that wind through the county. Motorcycles and sports cars find highway heaven on scenic routes throughout. Beautifully banked and graded, this is the ultimate ride.

Excellent Schools in Calaveras County

There are two high school districts serving Calaveras County. The districts are supported by middle schools and elementary schools. In addition, there are several pre-schools throughout the County. Junior College is close by and four year colleges are about an hour away. 


Commute Time to MTMC

Public School District


30 minutes (two stoplights!)

Bret Harte Union High School District

Greenhorn Creek

20 minutes (one stoplight!)

Bret Harte Union High School District

Saddle Creek (Copperopolis)

60 minutes (one stoplight!)

Bret Harte Union High School District

Valley Springs

20 minutes

Calaveras Unified School District


45 minutes (one stoplight!)

Bret Harte Union High School District