Precious metal may be hidden deep in the creeks and hills of Amador County, but each spring the hills of the Mother Lode bloom in gold.
The four-acre garden displays blooming almonds, crocuses, tulips, hyacinths, violets and lilacs in a farm setting. However, it is the daffodils that hold center stage.
Daffodil Hill is open only in the spring, usually from the end of March through the first three weeks of April. Mother Nature determines the blooming season, and the ranch consists of dirt paths, so it will not be open during inclement weather. Visitors are advised to call (209) 296-7048 (recorded message) or the Chamber of Commerce (209) 223-0350 (for a person) to assure it is open.
Admission and parking are free, the only charges may be from local youth groups raising funds in concession stands across the road.
DRIVING DIRECTIONS - Daffodil Hill can be reached from either Sutter Creek or Jackson. Each trip is about twelve miles.
Sutter Creek and Jackson are located on Highway 49 in Amador County, accessible from Sacramento via Highway 16 (Jackson Rd.) or from Stockton via Highway 99 (Highway 88 East turnoff).
From Sutter Creek, turn East on Gopher Flat Road. Follow the signs to Daffodil Hill.
From Jackson, turn East on Highway 88 for 8 miles to Pine Grove. Turn North on Pine Grove - Volcan Road. Follow Pine Grove - Volcano Rd. until it turns into Rams Horn Grade. Follow Rams Horn Grade to Daffodil Hill.