Welcome to Auburn
Picturesque and historic California Gold Rush town
Situated in the picturesque Placer County of Northern California, Auburn is known for being in prime Gold Rush country. This small town is home to quaint, locally owned businesses and is incredibly walkable, making a day of shopping easy and fun. Auburn is strategically placed in the Northern California foothills of the Sierra Nevada near mountains, lakes, rivers, and creeks. Nearby cities are also conveniently accessible, providing big-city amenities within this small town.
What to Love
- Located in the picturesque foothills of the Sierra Nevada range
- Placer County Museum
- Walkable town
- Quaint locally-owned businesses
Auburn is a small country town in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada range located in gorgeous Northern California. The community is highly walkable and full of small businesses from local entrepreneurs. Thanks to the proximity to mountains and lakes, Auburn is full of adventurous residents who take full advantage of their location in this historic community. The locals enjoy a laidback and casual lifestyle when not venturing out into splendid nature.
Dining, Entertainment, & Shopping
Auburn is bursting at the seams with wonderful, charming experiences. Locals love Knee Deep Brewing Company, an industrial-styled microbrewery with a spacious tasting room. Food trucks also regularly pop by to serve the patrons. The Auburn Alehouse is a warm and welcoming pub known for its small-batch beers brewed onsite. This pub in Old Town Auburn offers unique twists on classic food, such as short rib tacos and pickle chips.
Adventure-seekers and nature fans can experience wonderful hiking trails near the gorgeous, vibrant blue Foresthill Bridge. This tall bridge is known for its iconic look and extreme height over the American River. Locals also enjoy the bounties of nature at the Machado Apple Barn, a vibrant produce market that sells fresh and artisanal goods year-round.
Things to Do
There is no shortage of exciting and unique things to do in Auburn. The end of summer All American Rib Cookoff is among the numerous events that take place yearly. Local teams compete to win the All American Rib Cookoff Champion title as determined by the people and judges. The event also hosts live music events and local breweries. Another local event is the Mountain Mandarin Festival, held every November, celebrating locally-grown mandarins. This festival has live music, food, and fun events for the entire family.
For those who love history, Old Town Auburn provides several must-see sites. The Old Auburn Post Office is the original post office that was established during the California Gold Rush in the mid-eighteen hundreds. Old Town Auburn is highly walkable and an excellent area to wander around during the weekend.
The Auburn State Recreation Area runs along the American River and is known for its extensive hiking and running trails, hunting, off-roading, mountain biking, swimming holes, fishing, and whitewater rafting. Visitors can also experience history by partaking in gold panning within the river. Also near the American River is the Mammoth Bar OHV Area, full of easy and more challenging trails for riders. Just south of Auburn at Folsom Lake is Rattlesnake Bar. This campground features trails for hiking and riding both bikes and horses.
Auburn is home to both one of the oldest schools in California and prestigious private schools. These include: