- The list below includes 84 free or cheap things to do in or near Placerville, California, including 85 different types of inexpensive activities like Farms & Ranches, History Museums, Forests and Camping Site.
- From Eldorado National Forest to Hangtown Gold Bug Park, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Placerville and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Folsom, El Dorado Hills, Orangevale and Roseville.
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South Lake Tahoe / Placerville area, Placerville, CA 95667 MoreLess Info
The immense Eldorado National Forest is located in Placerville, California. The Forest has more than 80 camp sites and abundant picnic facilities. It also contains many lakes and popular hiking trails.
Helping visitors experience life in the Gold Rush era, Hangtown's Gold Bug Park & Mine offers a mining museum, stamp mill, and blacksmith shop to explore. Visitors can go on a self-guided tour of their authentic gold mine.
El Dorado National Forest features 80 developed campgrounds and picnic areas, hundreds of miles of roads and trails and abundant wildlife and plants. There are also numerous lakes, reservoirs, rivers and streams for fishing and water sports.
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Log Cabin Ravine Drive off Bedford Ave., Placerville, CA 95667 MoreLess Info
Pretend to be a miner at Hangtown's Gold Bug Park. Here, you can travel through a recreated mine shaft and learn about mining history. Great for kids and adults, but not for the claustrophobic.
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Placerville, CA 95667 MoreLess Info
Surrounded by pine trees, Jenkinson Lake See Sly Park Recreation Area-Campground offers visitors a campsite with direct access to the lake. Visitors are welcome to fish for smallmouth bass at the lake.
Placerville's Apple Hill is a unique produce cooperative, farm and country store. Its apple and pumpkin pies are legendary and must be ordered well in advance of Thanksgiving and Christmas. Apple Hill also has an on-site bakery and Christmas tree farm.
Scenic Able's Acres is an apple farm and a member of the Apple Hill growers' collective. It sells many kinds of apples, baked goods, fruit butters, spices, chocolates, ciders and other apple-based products. Visitors are welcome from September to Christmas.