Looking for a great place to have a picnic? Look no further than Northern California! Our state is filled with beautiful parks and outdoor spaces that are perfect for an afternoon of relaxation. In this blog post, we will explore some of the best picnic spots in Northern California near the town of Murphys. So pack a lunch and get ready to enjoy nature at its finest!
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Calaveras Big Trees State Park
If you’re looking for a great place to picnic in Northern California, look no further than Calaveras Big Trees State Park. This park, located in Arnold, California, is only about a 20-minute drive from Murphys and is home to some of the largest trees in California, with its natural beauty making for the perfect spot for a relaxing afternoon outdoors.
Ironstone Vineyards is another great spot for a picnic in Northern California. This vineyard, located right here in Murphys, offers stunning views of the surrounding countryside and is home to some of the best wines in the state. While Ironstone does not allow outside food and drink, they do have a great deli onsite that you can purchase from and take the food outdoors for a great picnic to enjoy with some delicious wines!
Murphys Park is a lovely park in the center of Murphys, which is a perfect place for a picnic. Tables and benches are situated near the small stream that dogs and kids can wade into. Plus, a bocce court, library and plenty of parking are a stones throw away. Since this park is just a block from Main Street, you can fill your picnic basket with a sandwich and beer from The Pourhouse, homemade ice cream from JoMa’s, and locally made candy from Nelson’s.
Railtown 1897 State Historic Park
Railtown 1897 State Historic Park is a state park located in the town of Jamestown which is only a half hour drive from Murphys. This park is home to various exhibits and attractions that are perfect for visitors of all ages, including a museum, a theater, and various train cars and engines that have been restored to their former glory. This park is the perfect place to picnic and learn about the history of California’s railways!
Columbia State Historic Park
Once known as the “Gem of the Southern Mines,” it’s estimated that over one billion dollars in gold (at today’s value) was mined in Columbia, California, between 1850 and 1870. Columbia State Historic Park is located amidst the rugged oak woodlands of the Sierra Nevada foothills and is a perfect spot for your northern California picnic, as it is only a 20 minute drive from Murphys!
Stay With The Courtwood Inn!
The Courtwood Inn is a great place to stay if you’re looking for a luxurious bed & breakfast in Murphys, California. Our inn has a lot of rooms, and each room comes with its own private bathroom and spectacular view of the area. Our inn is located near all of the best picnic spots in Northern California, so book your stay today!