Three Rivers, Lake Kaweah and Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks

Military friendly with terrific R&R

09/04/2012  | 
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Horseback Riding

There’s nothing like riding the Three Rivers foothills in the Fall, past mountain oaks as they turn from green to gold in the autumn light, and hilltop views, along with snow-melt river crossings, and striking fall color, guided by expert Christy Wood of Wood ‘N’ Horse who has 25 years as a World Champion Trainer and Instructor in all disciplines. For more information or to make an appointment for your ride, visit www.wdnhorse.com.

 Fall Hikes

Three Rivers is blessed with an extensive trail system, located in a section of town we call the “Case Mountain foothills,” made available for our use through either the Bureau of Land Management or the privately owned St. Anthony’s Retreat. In addition, at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks we have another 800-plus miles of hiking trails. Nearly 97 percent of the parks are pure wilderness. For information on hiking in Three Rivers, email the Sequoia Foothills Chamber of Commerce at [email protected]. For hiking in the parks, visit http://nps.gov/seki.

Camping

Between Lake Kaweah, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks and Three Rivers, there are ample opportunities for camping. In Three Rivers, you can camp at Kaweah Park Resort, Sequoia RV Ranch, and Three Rivers Hideaway. For camping in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, go to http://nps.gov/seki. Nothing beats camping out under the stars, where it is as beautiful, peaceful and serene as Three Rivers, Lake Kaweah, and Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.

 Fishing

Our snow-melt Lake Kaweah is stocked with bass, crappie, blue gill, trout and catfish. Need we say more? Fishing is always good at Lake Kaweah, especially where the Kaweah River meets the Lake. Although fly-fishing on the Western side of the Sierra Nevadas is generally best in the winter/spring, locals say that in the fall there are sections of Sequoia National Park where you may still be able to go fly-fishing. Just don’t forget your California fishing permit, and remember to check with staff at park visitor centers for information about park-specific regulations and safety.

Outdoor Adventures

Fantastic Mountain Biking, available in the wild Case Mountain Foothills of Three Rivers, has recently received international recognition in the mountain biking world. Tours, bird watching and star gazing are also available in Three Rivers and our national parks. In addition, in Sequoia National Park, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are available so long as Mother Nature provides us with a reasonable surface on which to walk or ski.

Foothills Art

Every 1st SATURDAY, the artists, restaurants and merchants of Three Rivers, California, open their doors and invite you to join in a town-wide celebration of food, fun and fabulous art from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.. You can pick up a map and schedule at Anne Lang’s Emporium or the Historical Museum — the flier shows you all participating venues, and art to see, plus locations and times for special events. In addition to shops and galleries, some artists open their studios on 1st Saturday - a rare chance for us ordinary folk to see how the creative mind works and lives! Anne Lang’s Emporium serves a great breakfast sandwich, so you might grab a bite there first; or you might try Antoinette’s Coffee and Goodies to start your day. Later on, taste the amazing fare at Sierra Subs and Salads. They all offer discounts on 1st Saturday.

On 1st Saturday, there are several galleries to see. Nadi Spencer has a colorful studio and gallery — showing watercolor and acrylic original paintings, along with prints, cards and gift items. The Art Co-op features 27 artists at the moment, and offers jewelry, masks, print-making, pottery, paintings, and more. Colors Art Gallery highlights whimsical furniture and oil paintings by Wendy McKellar, along with weaving, jewelry, quilts, pottery and metal art, from 20 different local artists, at any given time.A different theme each month flavors the paintings, decorations and edible treats.

ART BY NADI SPENCER

— Sept. 1, “Foothills Fauna”

— Oct. 6, “Rave’n About Three Rivers”

— Nov. 3,  “Oak Trees”

— Dec. 1, “Winter White”

Check out the 1st Saturday website which is located at
http://1stsaturdaytr.com and is up-dated monthly. In the meantime, feel free to contact the current head of 1st Saturday, artist Shirley Keller, for more information. She can be reached at [email protected].

Enjoy Fall Concerts

Concert in the Grass and Chamber Music Series.

The Three Rivers Performing Arts Institute presents a casual Concert in the Grass for art lovers, music lovers, just-your-average picnickers, and poets! In addition, TRPAI also presents an amazing Chamber Music Series that runs through the Fall/Winter/Spring, providing us with concerts by young virtuoso string players, already performing internationally, courtesy of the famed Colburn School of Music in Los Angeles. 

  • High Sierra Jazz Band 
  • Tulare County Symphony

Special Fall Events

  • Living History Day
  • Old-Fashioned Family-Friendly Halloween Carnival
  • Halloween At Crystal Cave in Sequoia National Park
  • Holiday Bazaar
  • Community Caroling Around a Bonfire
For more information visit http://threerivers.com.
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