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The Feather River Scenic Byway follows the North Fork of the Feather River into the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The route is one of California’s earliest routes over the Sierra’s, providing the lowest elevation highway crossing during major winter storms. The byway traverses the northern Sierra Nevada and ends near the Nevada border, making it unique in its botanical and cultural diversity.

The byway begins in the Lake Oroville area of Butte County. Lake Oroville, created by the three major forks of the Feather River, is one of the three major houseboating lakes in Northern California and is well known for bass fishing. The visitor center at Lake Oroville State Recreation Area features displays highlighting the area’s history, natural surroundings and the story of the Oroville water project. Once on Hwy. 70, the route begins by following the granite gorge of the North Fork of the Feather River. Several historic bridges and three impressive tunnels allow for the byway to stay close to the river. This section of road also features the “stairway of power”, a series of seven early 20th century hydroelectric plants that still harness the energy of the swift waters of the Feather River. About 40 miles into the route, Belden provides a good place to relax with a rest area offering historic informational displays and gold mining equipment. Nearby is a trailhead to the Pacific Crest Trail which runs from Canada to Mexico.

Quincy, the county seat for Plumas County, is the half way point for the byway. It offers a walking tour of numerous historic buildings and is home to the Plumas County Museum, where exhibits of Maidu Indian basketry and artifacts from the rich gold mining era are well preserved. Heading further south and east on the byway is Graeagle and Blairsden.  The Feather River Inn, a well preserved historic lodge near the intersection where Hwy. 89 splits off towards Lake Tahoe, has been greeting travelers for almost 90 years. It once served as a popular tourist destination for the San Francisco Bay Area’s rich and famous. The Graeagle area is known as the golf mecca of the Northern Sierra.   Portola is home for the renowned Portola Railroad Museum, which offers one of the best collections of railroad artifacts and rolling stock, as well as rides on an historic railroad engine. 

On the eastern end of the byway the route winds through the gorgeous Sierra Valley, a favorite area for wildlife and bird watching.  This high desert ranchland, located at the western edge of the Great Basin is one of the largest valleys in North America. Halleluja Junction marks the terminus of the byway, and from here visitors can turn south to Reno or go north to Susanville.

Drive Tips
Distance: 125 miles
Minimum Driving Time: 4 hours
Best Time to go: Spring through Fall

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