As you enter this quaint cowboy town you will see the famous Oakdale Cheese Factory on the left. If Gouda is your cheese of choice, this is worth the stop.
The roadway then crosses over the Stanislaus River and heads towards the center of town, where SR 120 makes a left turn and joins up with Highway 108. Right near this 4-way intersection, you will find the Cowboy Museum and several historic buildings that are among the oldest in the area. Founded in 1871 and known as the “Cowboy Capital of the World”, Oakdale is home to not only many world champion cowboys but to several signature events.
The Testicle Festival, Oakdale Chocolate Festival, Climbers Festival & Salmon Festival are just a few. As you exit the town you will see the arena where the annual Oakdale PRCA Rodeo is held each April and where many world champion cowboys started their careers. After leaving Oakdale, the small historic town of Knight’s Ferry on the Stanislaus River, scene of the famous Stanislaus Indian wars, is just a very short detour off of SR120.
This gold rush town features the longest covered bridge west of the Mississippi river, as well as the oldest operating general store in California, and offers many outdoor activities such as river rafting, hiking, fishing, gold panning and more, so Knight’s Ferry is definitely worth stopping for a stroll.