Welcome to Paradise....Paradise, California that is. The quaint town of Paradise is a hidden goldmine nestled in the heart of the Northern Sierra Nevada Foothills. This small town was originally situated along a well traveled stage route that led to Susanville and Nevada, and is best known for its history of gold mining.
In fact, in 1859, the largest gold nugget ever found in North America was discovered in Paradise at the Willard Mine--a whopping 54 pounds! The breathtaking beauty of the Paradise ridge remains as exquisite today as it was when the first gold miners staked their claims along the area's sparkling rivers and streams.
Clear Creek, Butte Creek and the foaming branches of the Feather River snake their way through the stunning local canyons, while wildflowers and tall pines grow in abundance to add to the amazing scenery. It is normal to see a deer grazing in a nearby pasture, or maybe even in your backyard!
As a small town, the unfortunate stereotype would be that there is little to do. Nothing could be further from the truth. Paradise and the surrounding areas have some of the best fishing, hiking, hunting, and swimming in Northern California, some hot spots known by the locals and tourists, but many are a well kept secret.
Fish with your kids at Paradise Lake, or if you are a diehard angler, the possibilities are endless. If that is not your style, go antique shopping in Paradise and the surrounding areas, or peruse the unique shops in nearby Downtown Chico.
Modern visitors plan extended weekends in Paradise with no other destinations in mind, and some fall completely in love with the town and end up calling Paradise their home. Whatever your pleasure, we have something for everyone.
Paradise and the surrounding areas are swarming with wildlife of every kind. Deer roam freely throughout the canyon and the town, rainbow trout are sprinkled through the local rivers and streams, and if
you are lucky, you may even spot a bald eagle.