The Heart of the Gold Country


Group Tours are available at the following locations:
Amador Flower Farm, Black Chasm Cavern, Roaring Camp Mining Company, Kennedy Gold Mine, Amador County Museum, Kennedy & North Star Mine Model Exhibits, and Preston Castle.
Self-Guided Tours: 
Amador Art Trek is a free, self-guided tour of the Gold Country's local artwork.
Jackson walking tour available from ACT Visitor Center, Historical Society on Main Street and online as a downloadable PDF from:
Sutter Creek  walking tour available from ACT Visitor Center, Sutter Creek Visitor Center on Main Street or online:
Ione walking tour available from ACT Visitor Center, Clark’s Corner or City Hall- both on Main Street, or online:
Amador City walking tour available from Amador City on Main Street or ACT Visitor Center or online:
Fiddletown self-guided walking tour available online:
Plymouth self-guided walking tour available at Plymouth City Hall on Main Street.
This historic 15-room classic Greek Revival dwelling in Jackson, CA was constructed in 1854 to be the home of Armstead C. Brown (January 10, 1816 - early February, 1903). He was an American farmer, miner and lawyer originally from Wisconsin. He  moved to California as a 49er where he became one of the founding fathers of Amador County.

Amador Flower Farm has more than 1,000 varieties of daylilies, a unique gift-shop, a world class nursery and acres of idea gardens with unusual perennials and grasses in glorious bloom throughout the season. A pumpkin patch and corn maze in the fall delights children of all ages. Open to the public all year with no admission fee. Pack a picnic and be inspired!

Hours: 9 am to 4 pm, daily.

The Amador Whitney Museum exists to promote an interest in the history and culture of the Mother Lode region among both residents and visitors. It will do this with particular emphasis on the contributions and experiences of women who have lived in the Mother Lode, from the distant past to the present day.

Located here in Amador County, just outside the quaint village of Volcano, Black Chasm Cavern was designated a National Natural Landmark by the National Park Service in 1976 after being recommended by local members of the National Speleological Society, and as such is considered a "nationally significant natural area.”
Enjoy a fun, authentic, tour in the Heart of the Gold Rush Mother Lode.  Your personal guide is Gabby, a retired teacher with many years of local and regional history to share with you.
Walking Tours in and around historic towns and communities that grew up out of the mining camps. 

You are invited to take a trip back in time on the ghost trails adventure!

Go on a scavenger hunt through the historic Pine Grove, Aqueduct and Volcano cemeteries. Use your map to find specific cemeteries on the adventure and the headstones that match people in the short stories of pioneers, their journey west and settling in Amador County. This is a great family activity!

Packets are $10 each, available at the ACRA office.You order tickets over the phone, paying by credit card and we will email your packets.

Amador County Museum's Kennedy and North Star Mine Model Exhibits include three operating models of mining structures.
Tours: Saturdays at 11 am and 1 pm. Groups by appointment.
(209) 257-1485


The Kennedy Mine, famous for being one of the deepest gold mines in the world (at 5912 feet), demonstrates how gold changed an entire way of life in California.  Prospected in 1860, reorganized in 1886 and continuously run until 1942, the Kennedy Gold Mine produced approximately $34,280,000 in gold.  One of the tallest head frames in existence today can be seen at the Kennedy Mine. The mine also had one of the largest stamp mills in the Mother Lode, moving tailings by means of huge wooden wheels, some of which are still standing.
Preston School of Industry, also known as Preston Castle, was formerly one of the oldest and best-known reform schools in the United States. It is located in Ione, California. The institution was opened in June 1894 when seven wards (minors under the guardianship of the state, but not necessarily juvenile offenders), were transferred there from San Quentin State Prison. The original building, known colloquially as Preston Castle (or simply The Castle) is the most significant example of Romanesque Revival architecture in the Gold Country.
Roaring Camp is something special in the way of family recreation. It is an old gold mining camp on the Mokulmne River. In the past, it was accessible only by horseback. Roaring Camp was once a camp for Forty Niners, but since it was so inaccessible, most of the gold still remains. Visitors can see our operating gold mine and can mine their own gold by panning, sluicing, dredging, and dry washing.
Group Tours are available at the following locations:
Amador Flower Farm, Black Chasm Cavern, Roaring Camp Mining Company, Kennedy Gold Mine, Amador County Museum, Kennedy & North Star Mine Model Exhibits, and Preston Castle.
Self-Guided Tours: