Explore the Loop

Where History Meets Adventure



Come take the El Dorado County Adventure Loop in North El Dorado County. Stop along the way to your hearts content. Visit the towns dating back to the Gold Rush era. Check out Georgetown with its extra wide Main Street, built this way so that a fire would not destroy the stores supplying miners. See some of the buildings still in active use from the time and place where California really got started back in the 1800’s. Walk through the mining towns, still in active use today. Visit the Marshall Gold Discovery Park where gold was discovered and see buildings dating way back in time.

Then if you want some great outdoor recreation, you can hike or bike or ride your horse in one of the many scenic and beautiful areas. See nature at its best. Or, just drive around our beautiful scenic country roads and enjoy the day.

Ideas for YOUR Adventure Loop:

  • Hiking and biking abound in the Auburn State Recreational Area in Cool. World class endurance competitions are held in the Auburn State Recreation area in Cool every year. The Tevis Cup 100 mile race and the Western States Endurance Run as well as the “Way To Cool 50K” travel through this area every year.
  • Horse back riding offers miles of riding trails in the Cronan Ranch Park or Auburn State Recreation area out of Cool.
  • Whitewater rafting is offered in Coloma. There are many white water rafting companies to choose from. Or, bring your own kayak.
  • Equestrian & hiking trails abound in public areas including the Cronan Ranch Regional Park, the Cool Olmstead Loop in the Auburn State Recreation area, and the Dru Barner Recreation Arena.
  • Visiting historical sites like Marshall Gold Discovery Park in Coloma, No Hands Bridge in Foresthill, The Bailey House in Pilot Hill, and the Georgetown cemetery dating back to the days of the Gold Rush.
  • The Rubicon Trial is a 22 mile long route and home to the famous Jeepers Jamboree event.
  • Wine tasting is offered at Hart2Hart winery in Pilot Hill, Jose Wine Cave’s and Rome Valley Vineyards in Garden Valley as well as Gold Hill Winery and David Girard Winery in the Gold Hill area. Look for the new Black Oak Estates Winery in Cool on Highway 193.
  • Site-seeing is marvelous on our spectacular rural roads.
  • Motorcycle rides and car rallies regularly take place on Highways 193 and 49.
  • Visitors also come to our area to look us over as a future place to live. We offer less congestion, good schools, a low crime rate, affordable Housing, recreational activities and a rural Lifestyle. There are several realtors from which to choose.
  • And, remember, take lots of photos. Look for the Community Welcome Signs along the way. Send us your photos!

Adventurous Activities

Photo by Tony Mindling

Creative Artists From The El Dorado Adventure Loop

To say that Lorie’s leather sculpture is “one of a kind” is an understatement. Visitors will be in awe of the detail and representation of life that Lorie evokes with her sculpture.


There are limitless trails and terrain for biking enthusiasts on the Adventure Loop. Miles of rolling hills offer seasonal views of the river, wildlife and nature. On a clear day you can see the snow capped Sierra Mountains. Whether novice or expert, young or old, road bike and mountain biking trails.


Equestrian Trails

The Tevis Cup 100-mile endurance ride runs down the canyons of the Middle Fork of the American River. In addition, the Divide Horsemen’s Association is working with the American River Conservancy and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to build an equestrian facility at the new Cronan Ranch preserve.

Hiking Trails

We have a variety of hiking trails, varying in skill levels and specific interests. Some hikes focus on photography, compass skills or birding and often end at nice restaurants, pizza parlors or with a occasional picnic under the stars. If you want to enjoy life and stay in shape or learn the sport of hiking, join us today.