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Scenic Placer County to the Feather River




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Tucked between California highways 70 and 99, just 20 miles or so west of Roseville, the Feather River slowly drifts through a seemingly different time and place.

The solitude began just off Fiddyment Road as we turned onto Sunset Boulevard West just around the corner from the non-stop bustle of Thunder Valley Casino.

In an instant, we were transported to rural America. An empty and narrow two-laned road invited us toward Sutter County as we paced our way through scenic farmland flowing with lush, green grasses and an overwhelming display of colorful wildflowers. Cows, barns and the occassional silo completed the postcard-perfect scene.

Best Views in South Placer County

After a short drive west, we pulled off to snap a few pictures and were greeted by a spectacular view looking back toward the east. All signs of a populated suburbia were gone as we gazed down this country lane with the majestic and snow-capped Sierra Nevada Mountain Range standing proudly in the background for our attention and admiration.

Feather River

We continued our journey west into Sutter County and found ourselves heading north on Highway 99. We decided to check out Lake of the Woods State Wildlife Area which the California Department of Fish and Wildlife describes as "2,522 acres of dense riparian overstory of valley oaks and cottonwoods, with an understory of wild grape, pipevine, and California rose."  We didn't spot a single sign or access points for Lake of the Woods, so we exited in the town Nicolaus( pop.211) made the first left and took us where the wind blew.

After a short distance, we found ourselves riding along the levee which offered an excellent vantage point of the Feather River to the right and farmland below us on the left. The banks were covered in grasses of gold and an abundance of lupine, (thanks Annette Seeber).   A lone fisherman casting off the banks, seemed to bask in the solitude.

Further along, we began to notice several boaters along the Feather River and soon discovered the active Verona Marina and campground a short distance away. It was the only launch point we noted on our brief trip, so we logged it for possible future excursions on the Feather River.

Our short trip was just about over, so we followed the signs back toward Highway 99 North to retrace part of our trip. Keep your eyes open for nice views of the Sacramento skyline. It's closer than you think. Before long, we were heading home toward Roseville while enjoying more great views of the farms, flowers and Sierras.

Scenic Trip Close to Home

This trip offers an excellent and inexpensive opportunity to explore the rural beauty of South Placer County and a portion of the Feather River by car without having to plan or pack. If you're looking for a scenic, brief and slow-paced rural journey not far from home, head toward the Feather River, it's  a great choice. 





Placer County News Headlines

Spring Eggstravaganza April 15-16 at Fairytale TownSacramento, Calif. - Celebrate spring with egg hunts, puppet shows, hands-on activities and more at Fairytale Town's annual Spring Eggstravaganza

Gardens of the Hills Fundraiser Tour and Crafts FairEl Dorado Hills, CA - The Assistance League of Sierra Foothills presents their 8th annual Gardens of the Hills Fundraiser Tour and Crafts Fair

Carmel Valley: Land of Honey, Wine & ArtCarmel Valley, CA- Just a short scenic drive inland from Carmel-by-the-Sea lies a delightful little village tucked in the hills that sometimes and undeservedly gets overlooked by travelers in favor of its more popular coastal neighbors.

Roseville Moose Lodge Charity Golf Tournament May 20thRoseville, CA- The Roseville Moose Lodge will be holding its second annual charity golf tournament Saturday, May 20 at Whitney Oaks Golf Club in Rocklin

Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital Foundation welcomes new president and board memberAuburn - Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital Foundation announces the appointment of a new board president, Robert Frew and board member, Suzi deFosset.

Lincoln MKZ: Luxury sedan has lots to offerRoseville, CA- We test drove the 2017 Lincoln MKZ recently for a week and came away impressed.

Corky's Corner: Golden Age Mic Pre 73 ReviewRoseville, CA- If you have a budget or bedroom studio and you are looking for a Neve type Pre amp look no further. The Golden Age Pre is for you.

Roseville Gas Prices Cool as Warmer Temps Move InRoseville, CA- Gas prices in Roseville experienced a slight dip this past week. That's good news as the forecast shows warmer spring weather finally returning to Northern California

American Sign Language Bicentennial Celebration at WJUROCKLIN, Calif., - William Jessup University's American Sign Language (ASL) club will host "ASL Day for All" on Saturday, April 8 at 9:30 a.m. at the growing university

Chicago the TRIBUTE to play Opera House Saloon in Roseville(ROSEVILLE, CA) - Chicago the TRIBUTE, a 9-piece tribute to the band with the horns and hits will be playing the Opera House Saloon Roseville on Thursday, March 30

Roseville Criminal Activity Heats UpRoseville, CA- As the weather heats up, so does Roseville criminal activity. The Roseville police log digest update for the ten-day period covering March 10-20, 2017.

Free STD and STI Testing and Treatment in Roseville(Roseville, CA) - Sierra Pregnancy & Health (SPH) announced they have begun offering free testing and treatment for STD/STIs, including gonorrhea and chlamydia


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