The largest of the authentic gold rush era towns along the western part of SR120 is Groveland, the locals refer to CA-120 as Main Street as it passes through their town. There are shaded picnic tables and public parking next to the historic 1895 Jailhouse, which is near the west end of town by the Yosemite Hwy120 Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center office. From May to October, the visitor center has a Yosemite National Park Ranger on site to sell park entry passes and offer detailed advice about visiting the park and all that Yosemite has to offer.
In the middle of Groveland, you have Mary Laveroni Community Park right next to the Groveland Yosemite Gateway Museum, with public restrooms, picnic tables with BBQ’s, a children’s play area and a skate and roller blade park that includes basketball courts, plus a stage and bandstand that are used for town events all year round. Groveland has a very lively music scene, a Farmer’s Market every Friday and Saturday from May to October, and events of all sorts and sizes even during the winter months.
The Southern Tuolumne County Historical Society publishes a Walking Tour of Groveland, which points out noteworthy locations in town. Just a short drive off of SR120 there is a championship 18 hole golf course with driving range, and an equestrian/riding center, which are part of the community of Pine Mountain Lake open to the public. Groveland was once called Garrote, for it’s swift justice & hangings.
Whether you have an hour or a week to spend, Groveland is a must stop on your Highway 120 Adventure.