Foresthill, California is located in the heart of the Mother Lode Country just 15 minutes from Interstate 80. It sits above the heat and fog of the central valley, but not high enough in elevation to cause much concern about snow. Foresthill was originally a crossroads trading post during the Gold Rush era and because it was thought that it would become more populated than San Francisco, they built Foresthill's Main Street wider than San Francisco's Market Street. When the gold ran out, the town turned to timber as its main industry. Today, Foresthill is predominantly a close knit bedroom community and a new high school was built on the old mill site. The area surrounding the town of Foresthill is referred to as The Divide because it runs along the ridge that divides the North and Middle Forks of the American River and encompasses a number of other past mining towns. Foresthill is accessed primarily via Foresthill Road from Interstate 80 out of Auburn. This wide, well graded road first crosses the North Fork of the American River over California's highest bridge and meanders through Auburn State Recreation Area (42,000 acres used for fishing, mountain biking, hiking, and horse back riding) and past Lake Clementine without one single stop sign along the way. With it's wide turns and gentle grade, the road has become a favorite for street bike motorcyclers and serious cyclists.
Many residents in Foresthill either work locally, run home based business, or earn a living more creatively with various rural ventures such as an Alpaca farming, crafts, or a vineyard for example. Residents also have the added benefit of great job opportunities "down the hill" in larger cities such as Auburn, Roseville, and Sacramento. There are no stop signs along Foresthill Rd. and the speed limit is 55, so the commute is both fast and beautiful.
The small downtown supports a number of businesses including a few restaurants, a bar, hardware store, a good sized grocery store that even has a deli (with awesome homemade burgers), a coffee cafe, a couple of gas stations, and a small variety of shops. Even though Foresthill is a small town, there is a huge public park with two baseball fields, pool, tennis courts, play structures, horse shoe pits, picnic areas with grills, the Veteran's Memorial hall that hosts many events, the Foresthill Museum, and gazebo, all surrounded by acres of grass and trees.
Foresthill has a beautiful high school along with an elementary school district. Sierra College Junior College and American River College are within an easy commute and California State University, Sacramento is 55 miles away.
Just down the road in Auburn you will find a large selection of shops, restaurants, and grocery stores, but if you are looking for the big mall and stores like, Barnes and Noble, Costco, Whole Foods, Bed Bath and Beyond, etc. etc. then the Roseville Gallaria Mall and surrounding shops off Stanford Ranch Rd. in Roseville is just 40 minutes away.
Positioned between the North Fork and Middle Fork of the American Rivers at the entrance to Tahoe National, Foresthill is rich in outdoor recreation.
Just driving to Foresthill takes you through Auburn Sate Recreation Area where there are miles of hiking, horse, and moutnian bike trails.
There are four lakes within easy reach of Foresthill with fishing, swimming, camping, hiking, horseback riding, and boating activities.
Foresthill sits along the ridge between the North Fork of the American River and the Middle Fork of the American River. Both rivers offer fishing, rafting, and camping.
Tahoe National Forest
The Foresthill Area and Tahoe National Forest offer a multitude of outdoor recreation including, horseback riding trails, snow mobiling, cross country skiing, snow shoeing, 3 OHV areas, hunting, hiking, mountain biking and some of the best street bike roads in California along with numerous back roads crisscrossing the mountains both paved and dirt. Foresthil Rd. itself eventually turns to gravel and will take you all the way to Soda Springs Road and I-80. Adventurous 4x4s and all terrain motorbikes often take Foresthill Rd. all the way up to Soda Springs, picnic, and come back via Hwy 80. Foresthill is also a great home base for 4 x 4 lovers.
Worton's Market is the local Foresthill Grocery Store and a great place to pick up lunch at the Deli and eat at the picnic tables they have at the end of the parking lot, while you enjoy a beautiful view of the Sierra Nevada mountains.