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Dorrington CA Area Overview

Dorrington was named for Dora Connell (Meyers), wife of John Connell of Camp Connell.

Originally known as Cold Spring Ranch due to an ice cold spring, the named changed in 1902 after the post office was established. Dorrington sits on State Route 4 and was a historic stopping place on the Big Tree-Carson Valley road and was a toll road between Murphys and Ebbetts Pass, often serving as a resort for visitors to what is now Calaveras Big Trees State Park. Dorrington is also home to the second largest Sugar Pine in the world, measuring 32 ft round and 220 ft. tall.

The Dorrington Hotel was built in the late 1880s for stockmen and guests visiting the Giant Sequoias at Calaveras Big Trees State Park. Today visitors enjoy their beautifully restored and historic rooms and fine dining downstairs. The Lube Room Saloon is just steps away with live music, great food, games, and more.

Outdoor activities is also a short 5 miles away to the Stanislaus River for camping, fishing and swimming. 

Dorrington Communities

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Big Trees Village

Big Trees Village is a beautiful residential subdivision just off the scenic Byway of California state route 4. Located at 5000 feet elevation this area lends itself to the outdoor activities for both Wintertime and Summertime adventures.

Big Trees Village has an optional Properties Owners Association with varying levels of membership.  If you choose to join you will have access to the Recreation Center which hosts many activities in the Summer. There are two pools, tennis and game courts, playground, picnic areas, game Pavilion, and a frisbee golf course.

With many activities like bingo, swim lessons, potlucks, inner tube water polo and water aerobics; there is no doubt why Big Trees village is one of the most popular areas for full-time and second home owners alike. 

For more information, visit the Big Trees Village Property Owners Association.