Endless Local
Recreation Possibilities!

Woodland Village is literally at the epicenter of a vast outdoor recreation mecca… Activities such as ATVs, Motocross, OHVs, Mountain Biking, Fishing, Trail Running, Hiking, Bikepacking, and Backpacking, to name a just few, are enjoyed by so many Woodland Village residents… And the best news is that some of these adventures begin only a mile from your front door! Read on to discover some of our “favorite local adventures”… and you will see why we absolutely LOVE living here!

Adjacent to Woodland Village

Woodland Village BLM Access

If you want to stay close to home or only have a little time to get out after work, it is easy to take advantage of the BLM areas that surround Woodland Village on 3 sides. This makes it easy to grab your ATV for a quick sunset spin, head out for a little moto time on your favorite tracks and climbs, or put on your running gear or head out for a lovely mountain bike ride… Even just “taking a walk” in the desert sage can be pure joy on the close-in trails.

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Granite Hills next to Woodland Village

Near or Far… Off-Roading Galore!

Here is a little secret most people don’t know. If you live in Woodland Village and love to off-road travel, you can literally drive/ride to Pyramid Lake, Moon Rocks, or even across Nevada, all off-road. Heck, you can even get to Oroville California, or even ride to southern Oregon with nothing but dirt under your tires (well almost, you may have to cross asphalt from time to time). But the off-road dreamer can plot some amazing adventures that start right at Woodland Village.

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Moon Rocks BLM Area

In the Cold Springs Valley Area

Petersen Mountains

Just Northwest of Woodland Village, access to the Petersen Range is worth a visit for the spectacular views, varied habitats, and outstanding rock formations. Managed by the BLM the Petersen Mountains have been designated as a “Natural Area” and are mostly covered in grasses, sagebrush, and a few aspens & Pinyon Pines up high with several springs in the area. OHV access is only available on the lower slopes as the peak has protected status.

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Petersen Mountains

Granite Hills

The Granite Hills border Woodland Village to the east. There are several hiking trails and mountain biking routes as well as 4WD, ATV, and motorcycle routes, and loops that many local residents enjoy. The trails offer a glimpse into a more untamed and rugged history that is full of mining remnants. The sharp-eyed among you can find crystals, malachite, and even turquoise in these hills. Stupendous views overlook White Lake to the west and the Reno-Stead Airport to the east.

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Granite Hills Overlooking White Lake in Cold Springs Nevada

Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest

Due west from Woodland Village, our northern access is only 4.5 miles away. The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest’s spectacular 6.3 million acres make it the largest National Forest in the lower 48 states. The Forest does not resemble most other National Forests in that it has numerous fairly large but non-contiguous sections scattered across most of the state of Nevada and a portion of eastern California.

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Dog Valley

Hallelujah Junction Wildlife Area

Starting about 2 miles west of Woodland Village, the approximately 13,200-acre Hallelujah Junction Wildlife Area sits at about 5,200 feet in elevation. The land is gently sloping and all but the highest portions are dominated by sagebrush and bitterbrush with Long Valley Creek running from north to south. Sadly, several thousand acres have been burned in recent years but plant restoration is in process.

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Hallelujah Wildlife Area Entrance

Peavine Mountain

“Peavine” as the locals call it is actually two peaks—the west peak stands at 8,131 feet and is about 29 feet higher than the neighboring east peak. Capped with radio towers that can be seen from both Reno and Sparks, there are many ways to get to the top of Peavine. So whether you’re looking for singletrack trails to test your mountain biking skills or just enjoy wide and rutted washboard for 4WD, there are so many trails on Peavine it will take you years to learn them all.

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Peavine Mountain

Crystal Peak

Just southwest of Woodland Village (about a 14-mile drive) is the most amazing (and easily accessible) crystal mine. The mine is right next to Crystal Peak and the ground is completely covered in quartz crystals. During World War II these crystals were mined for two-way radios and now there are thousands of crystals all over the place (though many people do dig for the “good ones”). Sizes range from small to quite large. The views from the top are fantastic. A great family outing!

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Crystal Peak

And Just a Short Drive Away…

Virginia City… Iconic Nevada!

Once a Thriving City… The history and stories of Virginia City are as unique, rich, and colorful as the streets and buildings themselves. One must see Virginia City in person to even remotely understand it. It’s a living, breathing example of America’s fortitude and desire to achieve. Rich in history, amazing in its stories, absolutely amazing to behold… a great destination for families or those with a bigger appetite for adventure.

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Virginia City

Black Rock Desert Wildnerness Area

The Black Rock Desert Wilderness is a large desert playa and the remains of prehistoric Lake Lahontan. At 314,835 acres, the area is one of the largest protected desert playas in the United States. Vistas go on for miles and mirages sneak up from all sides of the desert floor. The vastness and overwhelming feeling of isolation in this wilderness create an experience unlike any other. Truly a marvel to behold.

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Black Rock Desert Wilderness Area

Tahoe-Pyramid Trail

The Tahoe-Pyramid Trail follows the entire length of the Truckee River, from its source at forested Lake Tahoe (6225′) to the desert terminus of Pyramid Lake (3796′). The current route can be traveled by foot or by bicycle, and when fully completed, will descend over 2000 feet over the course of the 114-mile long trail, using a combination of existing dirt and paved roads, bike paths, historic roads, as well as many new sections of trail and connecting bridges.

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Tahoe-Pyramid Trail

Donner Summit…

A time machine for any history buff, nestled in the splendor of the easy-to-access high Sierra Nevada… At Donner Summit history is on full display everywhere you look… Everything from rich Native American culture to the history of the first wagon train to ever reach California… Add to that, the first transcontinental railroad, the first transcontinental highway, the first transcontinental air route, and the first transcontinental telephone line… they all crossed Donner Summit!

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Historical Donner Summit

The Tahoe Rim Trail

The Tahoe Rim Trail is one of the most iconic and beautiful long-distance recreation trails in the world. The 165+ mile single-track trail is open to hiking, equestrians, and mountain biking (in most areas). The trail circumnavigates the ridge lines of the Lake Tahoe Basin, crossing six counties, four National Forests, three wilderness areas, two states and one state park.

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Tahoe Rim Trail

Lake Tahoe

The north shore is only an hour’s drive from Woodland Village, and is known as a 4-season recreation desination. Water sports, hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, and skiing, are part of the fun. So no matter if you are heading there for a picnic, a swim, or a few days of relaxation, Lake Tahoe offers the perfect blend of fun, beauty, and adventure.

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Lake Tahoe Hiking

Lakes Basin

Great for hiking, fishing, or canoeing… with over 20 small lakes, impressive peaks, 30+ miles of trails (primarily non-motorized), waterfalls, and picturesque campgrounds and historic lodges, the Lakes Basin Recreation Area is a crown jewel in the Plumas National Forest. While only nine miles away from Graeagle, the Lakes Basin Recreation Area truly gives you that “Lost Sierra” feel with world-class trails and high mountain views without the crowds. Truly one of the jewels of local destinations…

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Lakes Basin

Graeagle, Portola, & Sierra Valley

Due west (about 20 miles as the crow flies from Woodland Village) is the valley where the Sierra Nevada meets the Cascades. Breathtaking, historical, and beautifully rugged, this is where ancient geology, native cultures, historical explorers, early settlers, and now contemporary outdoor enthusiasts get to experience a wondrous landscape of trails, waterfalls, mountain lakes, and even active Volcanic remnants, that keep visitors coming back over and over again for incredible adventures!

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Sierra Valley in Spring

Frenchman Lake

Looking for a laid-back, relaxing, and peaceful weekend? How about some great lake fishing or sunset photo sessions? Frenchman Lake just might be the perfect option for you… It is an easy 30-minute drive from Woodland Village. The lake has 21 miles of shoreline to enjoy and explore with lots of trails, ATV options, and lots of campsites to choose from.

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Frenchman Lake in Plumas County

Lake Davis

Do you enjoy year-round fishing? Hiking? Wildlife and Wildflower viewing? How about gravel riding, mountain biking, or even hiking? Lake Davis is about an hour’s drive from Woodland Village, includes 32 miles of shoreline, a lot of trails, and is a favorite destination for locals. Campsites and amenities are plentiful at this beautiful destination!

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Lake Davis in Plumas County

Fort Sage OTV Recreation Area

A 40-minute drive from Woodland Village, the Fort Sage Off-Highway Vehicle Area is located outside the town of Doyle. This Special Recreation Management Area consists of approximately 29,000 acres of public land that is managed for off-highway vehicle use such as motorcycles, ATV’s, Side by Sides, and 4wd vehicles and includes a 100 miles of managed tracks and trails. Camping and RV facilities are available as well.

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Fort Sage OHV - Doyle, California

Biz Johnson Trail

The Bizz Johnson National Recreation Non-Motorized Trail follows the old Fernley and Lassen Branch Line of the Southern Pacific railroad. The trail extends 25.4 miles from Susanville, California to the Mason Station. For the first 16 miles, the trail follows the Susan River Canyon and crosses the river 12 times on bridges and trestles, and passes through two tunnels. One of our favorite Fall outings!

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Biz Johnson Trail

And We Have Just Scratched the Surface…

It is hard to describe how many local and regional destinations are within reach of Woodland Village… but no matter if your passion if off-roading, fishing, exploring history, or just enjoying the wide open spaces, Woodland Village is a fantastic centralized location for amazing outdoor adventures. Questions? Just give us a call or take a home tour… We love to talk about the “endless recreation opportunities” when you live in Woodland Village… (and yes, we also love to brag about our great homes and the fantastic local community too).