South Fork American River Fall colors

4 Activities You Can Do When Visiting El Dorado County This Fall

As much as we enjoy summer, fall is magical in El Dorado County. Fall is beckoning you to plan a vacation! Now’s the time to start thinking about your fall getaway. If you’re looking for thrilling outdoor adventures, beautiful scenery, and wines that linger on your tongue and memories, El Dorado County is the perfect place for you to visit!

Here are some ideas when visiting El Dorado County this fall.

Hike Mount Tallac in South Lake Tahoe

Fall is the perfect time to head up into the mountains for a day hike. Located in South Lake Tahoe, the Mount Tallac hiking trail takes you to one of the most iconic summits in the region. The trail wanders through dense forests and past lakes, climbs ridges and bowls, and gets you to an altitude nearly 3,300 feet above the trailhead. While it’s generally considered challenging, it’s well worth the effort. When you reach the summit, soak in the panoramic views of Emerald Bay, Cascade Lake, Desolation Wilderness, Fallen Leaf Lake, and the South Shore of Lake Tahoe, and enjoy the fruits of your labors.

Visit the wineries of Fair Play

The El Dorado region is dotted with wineries and produces some of the best wines in the country. It takes about 20 minutes from the town of Placerville, at the heart of El Dorado County, to reach the Fair Play Wine region. The wineries are boutique and family-owned, and the climate and soil conditions are ideal for producing Rhone-style wines. Wine lovers will love exploring this place and discovering its outstanding wines.

Go whitewater river rafting in Coloma

Whitewater river rafting is another thrilling outdoor adventure you can do in Coloma this fall. The rapids are exhilarating, and the scenery is out of this world! Many local rafting companies offer guided river trips through early October.

Explore the natural beauty of El Dorado County

The natural world envelops the region of El Dorado County. The area is an oasis of natural habitat, allowing visitors to escape the hustle and bustle of the urban environment. The mountains, trees, rivers, and wildlife in El Dorado County are enchanting. If you have binoculars, bring them. While hiking, biking or driving on El Dorado County’s backroads, you’ll likely come across various bird species, including green herons, bushtits, red-shouldered hawks, and mountain quail. Also, look for the graceful mule deer that frequent the area.

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Community Events Calendar

May 3, 2024
Olde Coloma Theater Presents
May 23, 2024
6:00 pm A Picture's Worth : NEA Big Read at the Gallery
May 25, 2024
11:00 am Farm Tours at Sonny's Farm
11:00 am Rucksack 2024 Open House
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