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John Henline -
A Horse Community Built through the spirit of its residents, El Dorado County, CA
Garden Valley is a scenic, rural Horse Community with a number of horse aficionados, entrepreneurs, educators, and
music lovers with great community spirit. Actually, Garden Valley is an ideal horse community as it is centrally
located (15-30 min) to ALL the area public trail systems and there are many: Cronin Ranch (in Pilot Hill),
Meadowbrook (Garden Valley) Dru Barner & Balderson (Georgetown)Olmstead Loop & Tevis Cup (Cool). Town has
great horse properties. Located just above Coloma, on scenic Hwy 49, and about 22 minutes from Hwy 50 and 30
minutes to Hwy 80, it was founded in 1852.
An old stone store and the Grange Hall remain from the early days and are adjacent to
Rose's Cafe (a special place to eat home-cooked lunches in Garden Valley). In years past the community was known
for its Gold and the famous Black Oak Mine but also for garden vegetables sold to the miners ( how it got its
name). About 3,500 residents call it home here, many of whom or either semi-retired, telecommute or who travel down
the hill into Sacramento, Auburn, or Placerville to real jobs. With an elevation just below the snow line at 1,900
feet elevation, it is filled with lots of trees, shrubs, pastures, streams, creeks, and trails. Its residents also
very much like to socialize, hike, ride, and enjoy good music, the outdoors, and community events. To be sure, it
is a great place to live, raise children, or retire. Americana is always the theme for its July 4th Parade and
other home town activities.
Located Above Scenic Coloma off Hwy 49 and Marshall Rd.
in the California Gold Country, in North-Central California.
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