Self-Guided Tours

Make sightseeing a learning experience! Interpretive walking and driving tours of Plumas County's communities, byways and forests tell the history and the stories behind what you see. You may obtain free copies of these self-guided tour brochures at the Plumas County Museum, other visitor centers, forest services offices and area businesses.

Plumas County Barn Quilt Trail
Following the Barn Quilt Trail will reveal the history and beauty that 1850's settlers found during those crazy gold rush days. It will enrich your sense of wonder at their courage. It will also bring you unexpected delight as you travel throughout the county, taking in meadows filled with wildflowers in the spring, awesome fall colors, lush fields filled with grazing horses and cows, all on our traffic-free back roads and highways.

Greenville Walking Tour
The Historic Greenville Main Street Walking Tour takes a nostalgic look back to the town's gold rush origins.
The four block, round-trip tour encompasses 21 historic buildings, some of which maintain architecture and artifacts dating back to the late 1800s. The sites, which now house a range of modern-day businesses, are each designated with signs and historical photographs to accompany the map and brochure. Copies available at Sterling Sage, 213 Main St., Greenville.



Feather River Scenic Byway
A self-guided driving tour brochure and map, Feather River  Scenic Byway was published as part of the byway's 1998 dedication. The tour highlights 17 natural, historic and man-made features of this 130 mile stretch of State Highway 70 from Oroville to Hallelujah Junction.  The map also points out rest areas, vista points, campgrounds, historic monuments and visitor information centers throughout Plumas County.  A more detailed regional map of the Feather River Scenic Byway is also available for sale.


Backcountry, Scenic Drives
Owners of four wheel drive vehicles looking to get off the beaten track can explore four Plumas County backcountry routes. A series of brochures, Plumas County Backcountry Drives, details the historical and natural attractions of each route, and provides mileage, directions, maps and photos.  The series includes the Humboldt Summit-Humbug Valley Loop, the Indian Valley-Antelope Lake Loop, the Beckwourth-Antelope Lake Indian Valley Route, and the Quincy-La Porte-Johnsville Route.
Plumas County's most popular scenic drives also are featured in a series of itineraries. These paved routes, geared for any vehicle, take travelers on adventures that combine history, outdoor recreation, stunning landscapes and visitor amenities.
Historic Gold Mining Sites
A two-hour auto tour of former gold rush mining settlements has been developed in the La Porte area.  The 30-mile tour on dirt roads features remnants of the mining activity in six locations, marked with interpretive signs.  A brochure, Auto Tour of Historic Town Sites on the Plumas National Forest,  features photos, descriptions and a map.