Lodging           Eat & Drink           Restaurant Menus           Recreation           Shop           Info/Hist           Gas/Groc           Services           Wi-Fi           Directory                
Map-Based Guide
Lodging Map
Eat & Drink Map
Shopping Map
Maps in PDF

Experience Twain Harte

A visit to Twain Harte is a chance to experience life in a very different environment than in the city. It's a town with a difference--Sixty foot tall pine trees and a beautiful mountain lake.

We're at the entrance to the forest. It's the last town with lots of restaurants, shopping, and services.

Twain Harte is close to both the high country forest and the historic Gold Country towns in the foothills. The towns below in green are in the forest, while those in gold are in the foothills.

In Twain Harte, there are gift shops, antique stores, and variety stores: The Harte Collection, All that Matters, Nature's Nook, the Antique Hunter, and the Twain Harte Pharmacy.

Play golf at the Twain Harte Golf Club or tennis at the public courts. In summer, there is miniature golf and a public swimming pool. (The public pool will be closed in 2014 for renovations, however.)

A variety of restaurants can be found downtown and nearby. There is breakfast at the Sportsman Cafe, the Little Cottage Cafe, Caffe Blossom, and, Wed-Sun, The Eproson House. You can pick up hot coffee and pastry at the Twain Harte Market.

For lunch and dinner, there is traditional food, Mexican, Italian, and Chinese all downtown. For pizza, there is Neopolitan pizza and wine at The Prospector in downtown, and traditional pizza at the Pizza Factory in the Village Center.

What's New: The Fawn & Owl Children's Boutique has opened. The Eproson House has opened, serving steak, seafood, and pasta for dinner (Daily), and a large menu for breakfast and lunch (Wed-Sun). See their menu on our Restaurant Menus page.

You can stay overnight in Twain Harte at one of the motels, lodges, bed-and-breakfasts or rental cabins and spend time in the town and also visit recreational opportunities higher up the mountain. Pinecrest Lake, fifteen miles east of Twain Harte, (shown in the slide show) offers boating, kayaking and bicycling (rentals available), bank and boat fishing, a beach, and hiking.

There is also sightseeing with a beautiful drive up into the higher country along the Stanislaus River (shown in slide show).

Video Tour of Twain Harte
Narrated by "Mark Twain" from the McCaffrey House

Mark Twain and Bret Harte

Twain Harte was named for Mark Twain and Bret Harte, the two most famous American writers of the last half of the nineteenth century. Both wrote stories and tall tales based on their experiences living in the area, then known as the "Tuolumne Hills". Click to read about Mark Twain and read his stories and read about Bret Harte and read his stories.

History of Twain Harte

For centuries before whites appeared in California the MiWok Indians lived, in season, next to what is now Twain Harte Lake. They built houses known as "U'macha's", conical structures made from cedar bark. A U'macha' is shown in the slide show above.

During the Gold Rush Twain Harte was the site of flume-and-ditch building to supply water needed to wash the dirt and gravel to yield gold. This system still exists and supplies the county from Lyons Reservoir. (Lyons Dam is shown in the slide show.)

At the turn into the twentieth century the Sugar Pine Railway was built through Twain Harte. This railway carried logs from the high country to the sawmill in Standard.

In the 1920s and 30s the Twain Harte area was developed as a resort and as what is believed to be the first private housing subdivision in the Sierra. It was named Twain Harte Lodge in the 1920s after the famous authors Mark Twain and Bret Harte, who had lived in the general area. The first version of the well-known Twain Harte "Arch" was built in 1933. The golf course was built in the 1930s. Over the years Twain Harte has developed into a community with several thousand permanent residents.

Slide Show At Top Of Page. This shows Twain Harte Lake, the Twain Harte Golf Course, the Twain Harte Arch, deer near the Village shopping center, Lyons Dam, a replica of a MiWok U'Macha' home, a beach at Pinecrest Lake, and the Stanislaus River near Kennedy Meadows.

Events in Twain Harte
April 26, 2014
"Who Let the Dogs Out in Twain Harte?". 
Parade and Family Day!! A Fundraiser for the Humane Society of Tuolumne County. Everyone is invited to participate in...

May 31, 2014
Twain Harte A La Carte. 
Twain Harte A La Carte in downtown Twain Harte. Sponsored by Soroptimists of Twain Harte.

July 4, 2014
July 4th Parade in Twain Harte. 
"Parade with a Harte" Water Events at 9 am with slide, slip & Dip, Bouncy House. Parade at 11:30 am. Lots of Fun for...

July 26, 2014–July 27, 2014
Wines In The Pines. 
Held in conjunction with the Summer Arts and Wine festival and sponsored by the Twain Harte Area Chamber of Commerce....

July 26, 2014–July 27, 2014
Twain Harte Arts and Wine Festival. 
37th Annual Arts and Wine Festival in downtown Twain Harte 10 am to 5 pm Saturday & Sunday. We close the streets, so...

August 29, 2014–September 1, 2014
Filmfest Twain Harte. 
Films from all over the world, shorts, full length, documentaries, student films. Filmmakers, actors, celebrity guests...

September 6, 2014
"Who Let the Ducks Out at Twain Harte Lake?". 
Fun Family Day begins at noon. Duck rentals available for $5.00 Wine, Cheese and Quackers will be served. Guests are...

October 4, 2014–October 5, 2014
Twain Harte Octoberfest Fundraiser Event. 
Join Twain Harte for their 9th annual event to raise money for their Chamber Scholarship Fund. Great beer tasting on...

December 5, 2014
Christmas Parade in Twain Harte.. 
Traditional Christmas Parade in downtown Twain Harte at 5 pm. Sponsored by the Christmas Committee.

December 12, 2014
Twain Harte Christmas Parade & Craft Faire. 
Christmas Parade at 4 pm, Craft Faire at 6 pm in the Memorial Hall.

(Events are courtesy of the Tuolumne County Visitors Bureau)