Highways and Byways


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State highway 49 is the main north-south artery in the County. It meanders through the foothills and connects the quaint Gold Rush towns of the Mother Lode region. State highway 4, the main east-west artery, along with highways 12 and 26 carry people and goods from the higher elevations to the Central Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area. These roads lead to large international and commercial airports, north-south and east-west interstate highway systems, large warehousing, rail transportation, and several of the larger container shipping ports in the United States.

The Calaveras County highways and byways also offer some of the most spectacular scenery and unspoiled environments anywhere. For example, a 61-mile section of State Highway 4 starting in Arnold and extending into the high Sierras was honored with “National Scenic Byway” status by the U.S. Department of Transportation; one of 7 such in the state. Whether on a pleasurable daytrip in a car, on a motorcycle, or on foot, the changing seasons and elevations can take the casual traveler to unsurpassed snowy vistas, fields of wildflowers, small farms with exotic animals, isolated lakes, streams and rivers, lovely vineyards and more.