Crescent Mills, a tiny community nestled against the valley’s western edge, was a mining boomtown between 1862 and 1882. Today it features a nine-hole golf course with an RV park and a gift shop. Indian Falls, located off of Highway 89 south of Crescent Mills, is worth hiking the steep 100-yard trail to view. The trail also leads to a favorite local swimming hole on Indian Creek. The charming settlement of Taylorsville, on the way to the popular Antelope Lake Recreation Area, has changed little since it was founded in 1852. Several period buildings and ranches remain and, along with the Indian Valley Museum and historic cemetery, offer visitors a rare glimpse of yesteryear.
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A favorite spot for visitors during the summer months, Taylorsville becomes a mecca for cowboys over the Fourth of July, when jackpot roping and the Silver Buckle Rodeo come to town. A parade and a gem and mineral show also fill the streets. Taylorsville also boasts a community campground and picnic site east of town, and a Grange hall renowned for housing one of the few remaining “bouncing” dance floors. From there, it’s a spectacular scenic drive to Antelope Lake through the picturesque village of Genesee with its unique country store and restaurant. Be sure to stop and take in sights around the Heart K Ranch — look for the red barn five miles beyond the Genesee Store when heading to the lake. The ranch holds historic significance for both European settlers and Maidu natives, and is now protected by the Feather River Land Trust. Small alpine lakes, more than 100 resident bird species and good spots for fossil and rock hunting are among the other attractions of Indian Valley. Numerous camping facilities, a number of motels and restaurants, antique stores and other amenities open their doors to welcome visitors to this restful retreat. For more information, call the Indian Valley Chamber of Commerce at (530) 284-6633.
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➸ Take your camera and/or your bicycle on a scenic drive around the valleys east of Greenville and north of Taylorsville. ➸ Shop while enjoying historic walking tours of downtown Greenville and Taylorsville, with their museums and unique stores. ➸ Picnic, fish, hike and mountain bike at Round Valley Reservoir.
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➸ Take a fishing, fall foliage or wildflower viewing expedition to Antelope Lake, stopping at the historic Genesee Store. ➸ Hike to Indian Falls and cool off in Indian Creek. ➸ Pick up a copy of the Indian Valley Record newspaper for the latest information about fish planting, festivals and other events and activities. More information: (530) 284-6633
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