Getting to Camp

Shady Creek Family Camp and Conference Center is in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, next to the Tahoe National Forest and about 1 1/2 hours from Sacramento.

The nearest airport is Sacramento airport (SMF) 1.5 hrs.

We're centrally located between the middle and south forks of the beautiful Yuba River, and we're 25 minutes away from fishing and water skiing on Bullard's Bar Reservoir.

Up Highway 49 is Downieville, the unofficial state capital of mountain biking. Nevada City and its cozy shopping, theaters and restaurants, is 15 minutes away. Lake Tahoe is just 2 hours and 20 minutes up the highway, and historic Malakoff Diggins State Park is 25 minutes up the road from our front gate.

There's golf in Grass Valley, hiking across ridges, and enough hidden swimming holes and activities to keep everyone satisfied!

Sierra Fiddle Camp will arrange a shuttle to and from the Sacramento Airport. Check this page for contact info for the shuttle coordinator. We recommend that you not make your travel arrangements until AFTER you have been fully accepted to camp and are in contact with the shuttle coordinator.

Details of shuttle between Sacramento Airport and camp.

Nearest airport: Sacramento (80 miles/ 1 ½ hour driving time)

Driving directions are available at

Drive Times to Shady Creek:
San Francisco 3:15/ Sacramento 1:30/ Reno 2:00/ Santa Rosa 3:00/
San Jose 3:10/ Fresno 4:15/ Redding 3:30/ Walnut Creek 2:30

Public transportation is available to Nevada City, but not to the camp. If you let us know well in advance when you’ll arrive, we can arrange a pick-up at a central place in Nevada City or nearby Grass Valley.

Carpooling is encouraged! There is limited parking at camp. Some cars may need to be parked remotely.

Registration begins at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday June 15. Dinner, at 7:00 p.m., will be followed by an orientation and jam session. Classes start at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, June 16. We leave camp by 11:00 a.m., Sunday, June 23, following breakfast.


Shady Creek Family Camp & Conference Center
18601 Pathfinder Way
Nevada City, CA 95959
Office: 530-292-4208










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