History. Whitewater thrills. Beauty and serenity. An easygoing climate. Friendly folks. All of that is here — and more.

Visitors come for the great rafting and kayaking that the clear, swift waters of the South Fork of the American River offer. The stretch of river between Chili Bar and Folsom Reservoir is one of the most popular whitewater rafting destinations in the United States, attracting more than 80,000 thrill seekers every year. Many folks come here for the camping and fishing opportunities; hundreds of campsites, many of them on the river’s edge, beckon RVers and tent campers alike. Historic churches and gracious settings for receptions attract couples looking for casual or elegant wedding venues. Here, too, are tree-ripened fruit, home-grown olive oil and family-crafted wines catering to a contemporary, discerning clientele.

Many of these visitors choose to make the valley their home, finding that the beauty of the valley, easygoing climate and wholesome surroundings make for a perfect lifestyle. Young families enjoy great schools, and retirees come for the easygoing lifestyles and amenities right here in the valley or within close driving distance.

old stone jailhouse at Marshall Park