Columbia, California is located about 20 minutes from Twain Harte. Once you enter the Columbia Historic State park, you’ll immediately feel like you’re walking back in time. Old shops line each side of the ‘western gold mining town’. You may get an old picture taken as an outlaw or saloon girl, or treat yourself to some delicious old western candies. Try a root beer float or stop by and buy an historic costume. Each store is unique and gives you insight into what it was like the 1850s in California.
There is something for everyone. You may book horseback rides through the foothills, or take a chance on the old stagecoach, but be weary, you never know who might be lurking in the bushes. You may also try your luck at gold panning! There is a picnic area to enjoy a packed lunch and trails to wander around in the foothills. For a free tour of Columbia Historic State Park, meet at the museum at 11:00am. Tours are an hour long and led by a knowledgeable docent. If you plan on hiking you should wear hiking boots and long pants. It can get pretty hot in the summer so stay hydrated.
Businesses are open 10am-5pm daily. You should check out the website for any special events or performances at:
There are two hotels in Columbia, but for a more comfortable stay you may want to check out a Twain Harte Vacation Rental. It is about a 20 minute drive. Our Twain Harte Vacation Rental sleep up to 10 people, has a large deck for outdoor barbeques, and features all the modern day