6 things to do in Hayfork (besides visiting our winery)

Posted By Don Sumner on Nov 24, 2014 |

We would certainly like to get a call from you, saying that you want to visit, but after that, what is there to do in and around Hayfork? Here are some ideas…

  1. For wandering, nearby Weaverville is the perfect way to spend an day. “Weaverville is a small gem of a town (a veritable Shangri-La) on the National Register of Historic Places. You can easily spend a day here just strolling around, visiting art galleries, museums and other historic structures.” -Lonely Planet, 2009
  2. Also in Weaverville: The Joss House. Built in 1874, the temple is the oldest continuously used Chinese temple in California. This is a beautiful landmark, rich in both history and the sort of serenity that comes with places that have served to calm and inspire people.  On display are art objects, pictures, mining tools, and weapons used in the 1854 Tong War.
  3. For history buffs, The Jake Jackson Memorial Museum has several exhibits: Ditch Tender is a cabin that was home to La Grange Mine workers. There’s also a restored stagecoach that ran from Shasta to Weaverville in the 1860s. The Pioneer Blacksmith Shop uses antique equipment and is now used by tinsmiths to demonstrate the use of these old tools to the general public. Replica steam-powered stamp mill (used for stamping ore, rather than grinding it) and a replica sawmill are also open to the public.
  4. Back in Hayfork, Natural Bridge is a majestic rock arch, 150 feet long and about 30 feet high, on Dobbins Gulch Road. It is the site of the April 23, 1852 Bridge Gulch Massacre, in which more than 150 of the Wintu people were mis-indentified as harboring a murderer, and killed by 70 American men led by Sheriff William H. Dixon.
  5. For outdoor enthusiasts, there are both easy and challenging trails for hikers and mountain bikers, world-class fishing in Trinity River, as well as great river rafting opportunities. Further into the Trinity Alps, there’s a wilderness of high peaks for backpackers and day hikers with natural beauty in every direction. Whether it’s camping, glamping, house-boating, or horseback riding, you’ll be able to find an activity that suits your style.
  6. For quieter pursuits, the great natural beauty of our region inspires artists, bird-watchers, and writers, while resorts, B&Bs, and cabins offer stargazing right outside your door.

We hope to see you soon!