Local City & County Parks
Sonora City Parks
Dragoon Gulch Trail
This trail system meanders through the oak woodlands above the city of Sonora. There is a trail for all skill levels, up to a 2 ½ miles loop which rewards hikers with a fantastic view of the city when they reach the top. Hikers can see the creek, local flora and fauna, water insects, wild flowers and mine tailings left over from Sonora’s mining past, or they can relax under Manzanita canopies. Trailhead parking is behind Wood Creek Rotary Park. Map and pictures here.
Woods Creek Rotary Park (off of HWY 49/Stockton Street on Woods Creek Drive) has a small playground, barbecue and picnic facilities and a baseball diamond,
Coffill Park is in downtown Sonora below the street level with benches, picnic area and a creek running through. Access from stairs on Washington St or level from Green Street.
Grisby Park is located just behind Coffill Park across Green Street. This small park is perfect for younger children.
Prospector Park is located off of Bradford Street and this small park with its picnic table and a few benches is home to historic mining equipment.
Tuolumne County Parks
49er Rotary Park (on Greenley Road next to the County Library) has a skate park and “Heaven for Kids” playground.
Twain Harte Skate Park is in downtown Twain Harte at Twain Harte Drive and Joaquin Gulley Road.
Rocca Park – Jamestown (center of Main Street) is a small public park with a gazebo bandstand, children’s play equipment, rest rooms, picnic tables with grills and a historic ore cart. The original Jamestown Jail is on display nearby.
Mary Laveroni Park – Groveland (center of town on Hwy 120) is a park with a great play area, jungle gym, horseshoe pit, picnic facilities, bathrooms and parking on the upper level and festival grounds and two stages on the lower level. Saturday night outdoor movies are shown throughout the summer. Also in the park sits the Museum-Library building. So if you are headed to Yosemite this is a good leg-stretching stop.
Merlo Field Sports Complex (on Standard Road & Tuolumne Road east of Sonora), sometimes called Standard Park, has a playground, a food concession during baseball or soccer games, 4 fields with bleachers, restrooms and parking.
Tuolumne Memorial Park in the center of Tuolumne City has a gazebo, picnic tables and a manicured lawn area. The Tuolumne Memorial Museum is within walking distance.