Every year during the spring Table Mountain becomes one of the most popular attractions in Butte County. Endless seas of colorful wildflowers are painted across this anvil-topped mountain just north of downtown Oroville. Kite flying, hiking and picnicking are also popular. Off Table Mountain Road Blvd., take Cherokee Road three miles to the top of Table Mountain. You will see a large gravel parking lot on your left; this is the public access area. Peak bloom is from mid-March to mid-April.
Feather Falls is the sixth-tallest waterfall in the United States, tumbling 660 feet straight down and flowing into Lake Oroville. The nine-mile round-trip hike is an all-day affair that you'll never forget. Bring water, lunch and a comfortable shoes, or think about mountain biking the moderate, single-track dirt trail. Off Highway 162, turn right on Forbestown Road, then turn left on Lumpkin Road. The trailhead is right off Lumpkin Road. (safety tips | map)
Overlooking the Sacramento Valley is Bald Rock, a massive expanse of solid granite that's great for sightseeing, hiking and picnicking. Once a spiritual place for Native Americans, remnants of its long history are found in grinding holes speckling the rocks. The north east side of Bald Rock is Bald Rock Dome, a rock-climbers dream but access is difficult. Bald Rock is located off Bald Rock Rd. Take Hwy. 162 East into Berry Creek and follow the signs.
Forebay Aquatic Center
The Forebay Aquatic Center, located at the North Forebay off Hwy. 70, rents kayaks, canoes, sailboats, paddleboats, and more. They also offer lessons and youth camps. Click here for more info.
Feather River Canyon
The Feather River canyon is so beautiful it was deemed a National Scenic Byway by the US Forest Service. The byway starts in Oroville and heads northeast along Highway 70 over Lake Oroville and through Belden Town, Pulga and Quincy before ending at Hallelujah Junction and Hwy. 395. The route travels through several historic bridges and near where much of the Gold Rush took place.
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at the Oroville Chamber of Commerce.