Downieville can be either a mountain bike downhill heaven, or a do-nothing rest stop on the way elsewhere. Friendly folks, shaded downtown, good, reasonably-priced food.
Also, Downieville has a couple mountain bike rental and shuttle operators. They'll take you and a bike to the top of the mountain, and you get to ride/fall down the side of the mountain on your way back.
Didn't see any ER's, though.
Strolling though the old downtown part of Downieville, one can enjoy this quaint, picturesque Gold Rush-era town. Nestled in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, along the banks of the Yuba River, it is out of the way but worth the trip.
Another pretty little town high in the Sierra Nevada Mountains is Sierra City. It has a fine restaurant, the Buckhorn Cafe, with indoor/outdoor dining.
12 Jim Crow Cyn, Downieville, California, 95936, United States
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121 River Street, , Downieville, California 95936
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There are very few places to eat in Downieville, or the entire area for that matter. I think that there are about 3 places to eat in the town. These also tend to have limited hours and limited services. In the winter, especially, there is usually no place open for lunch except the little, simple lunch counter at the old Downieville Grocery and one may well find no place open for dinner at all, although things seem to be a bit irregular so one never knows. In the summer, I think it is a little easier to find food, but not much.
It is therefore a good idea to be prepared for this.
The Downieville Grocery is really the only place to buy food and provisions in the area. It also has the local lunch counter, the only place for lunch in town that is reliably open, where one can get the likes of sandwiches and hot dogs.
It is a neat, very old historic building as well.
Favorite thing: I love the people of the town and surronding area. Moved there in 1999 and stayed for 2 years and moved back to Idaho. Saw much of the Great Lakes Basin and love the wilderness and vastness of the area.