Twain Harte

Tuolumne County, California



Twain Harte

Golf, Vacation Cabins, Swimming, Outdoor Concerts and Movies

Twain Harte is a vibrant, family oriented mountain community of 2,500 residents. Twain Harte has retained its small town charm while at the same time offering a broad range of recreational activities for children and adults.

Twain Harte Lake

For members of the homeowners association (or for those renting a cabin from someone with a membership) Twain Harte Lake offers hours of summer fun. A community pool, golf, miniature golf, tennis, weekly free outdoor movies and concerts, nearby hiking, biking and fishing - the list of recreational opportunities at Twain Harte seems endless.




map of Twain Harte, CA

Twain Harte Lodging

Vacation Cabin Rentals

Twain Harte has a variety of cabins which can be rented from a few days up to several weeks at a time. The cabins range from basic one bedroom hideaways to elegant mountain retreats with hot tubs, flat screen TVs, soaring stone fireplaces, and libraries of books, games, and DVDs. Recreation opportunities are always close at hand.

To learn more about renting a cabin near Twain Harte, see Vacation Cabin Rentals.

Bed and Breakfasts

There are two bed and breakfast establishments in Twain Harte. The McCaffrey House is a delightfully warm and charming three-story country inn nestled in a quiet forest hollow outside of Twain Harte.

The Manzanita House is close to downtown. It features five guest rooms, a sunny breakfast room, and a recreation room.

To learn more about Twain Harte Bed and Breakfasts, see Bed and Breakfasts.

Motels

The Wildwood Motor Inn is centrally located close to downtown and to Eproson Park. The El Dorado Motel is on Twain Harte Drive across from the golf course.

To learn more about Twain Harte Motels, see Motels.

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Twain Harte Recreation Activities

Golf

The Twain Harte Golf Club is open to the public. The 9-hole course was designed by Robert Baldock, of Fresno, featuring large greens, thick woods, and elaborate landscaping. The Twain Harte Golf Club has a putting green, club house, and restaurant - Lea's Meadow Restaurant.

For more information, see Twain Harte Golf Club.

Swimming

The Twain Harte public swimming pool is located at 23075 Fuller Road (behind the Post Office) in the town of Twain Harte. It is operated by Tuolumne County Department of Recreation. The pool is open for recreational swimming Monday through Saturday from 1:00-5:00 pm; Family Nights: Friday 7:30 pm-10:00 pm; and Saturdays 6:00 pm-9:00 pm.

For more information about the Twain Harte Pool, see Swimming.

Twain Harte Lake is part of a private homeowners association. If you rent a cabin which belongs to the association then you can get guest passes to use the lake.

Skateboard Park

The Twain Harte Skateboard Park is across the street from Eproson Park, near the entrance to the Golf Club. The park has a minimum of features. Proper safety equipment is required and no bicycles are allowed. There are no posted hours.

Concerts

Twain Harte offers free Concerts in the Pines at Eproson Park every Saturday night during the summer. Music ranges from jazz, to soft rock to classic blues guitar. For a schedule of upcoming concerts, see Calendar of Events.

Miniature Golf

The Twain Harte Miniature Golf, another great recreation destination, is open during the summer months. It is located near the downtown on Fuller Road. 18 holes are only $4 before 6:00 pm and $4.50 after 6:00 pm.

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Fishing and Hiking near Twain Harte

Fishing

The best fishing close to Twain Harte is at Lyons Reservoir. Drive up Highway 108 almost 5 miles to a turnoff to Lyons Reservoir. Fishing can only be done from the shore. No boats or swimming are allowed there. For great river fishing, hike upstream from the reservoir and fish the Stanislaus River.

Hiking

The Sugar Pine Railroad Grade Trail begins just outside of Twain Harte. Follow the map to the trailhead on the Confidence - South Fork Road. The easy grade leads all the way to Lyons Reservoir.

Another gentle hike is on Mt. Elizabeth to the north of Twain Harte. This trail follows an old ditch to the west.

For more information about hiking near Twain Harte, see Hiking.

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Historic Sites

Tuolumne County Water Company Ditch

photo of Lyons Dam

Portions of the Tuolumne County Water Company ditch are still in operation. The ditches and flumes were constructed during the 1850s to provide water for mining claims around Sonora. By driving up to Lyons Reservoir and hiking a short distance down below the dam (along safe trails with railings) you can see the beginning of the flume that carried water from the reservoir. The ditch winds its way through Twain Harte.

The Walker River Emigrant Trail

During the Gold Rush years emigrant wagons came over the mountains south of Sonora Pass and down the ridge from Pinecrest. Although no remnant of the trail can be seen today, the route followed what today is known as Middle Camp Road.

For more about the history of the trail and its emigrants, read Sonora Pass Pioneers by David H. Johnson, available for purchase at the Summit Ranger Station or in Sonora at the Tuolumne County Museum.

Early Twain Harte Settlers

Mi-Wok Indians lived in the Twain Harte area, making the granite slab near Twain Harte Lake the center of their activities. When settlers arrived, they built farm houses and planted orchards. Calvin Williams owned most of the land that is now Twain Harte. His children carried on the family farms for years after him. The Williams family sold the land to Keturah C. Wood in 1923. Wood subdivided the land and established the town of Twain Harte. Some of the old ranch houses can still be seen around the area.

A monument telling about the Twain Harte area toll station for the Sonora and Mono Wagon Road of the 1800s is located on Twain Harte Drive.

Confidence Mine

During the Gold Rush miners from Sonora discovered a quartz vein laced with gold at Confidence. At first the mine did not seem very productive and little effort was put into the strike. But within a few years quartz miners tunneled deep enough into the ground to reveal one of the richest veins in Tuolumne County. Miners worked the Confidence Mine and other nearby mines well into the 19th century. Today only the foundations of the once famous mine remain.

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