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Knights Ferry

Established 1848

The Recreation Area

Knights Ferry Rec Area & Hiking Trails are open sunrise to sunset. Park is closed and parking lots are locked after these hours.

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Catch Some Waves

Knights Ferry is an incredibly popular place for mellow river rafting trips. These trips are great for all ages!

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Things to See

Knights Ferry has a number of sites to check out around town, so read more to see where to head first!

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Knights Ferry, California

Knights Ferry, California

Rustic Knights Ferry, California was originally founded in 1848. Founded by Dr. William Knight, and originally founded as a ferry-ing stop for those seeking gold, the town of Knights Ferry transitioned from gold rush town, to industrial area (you can still see the flour mill) to a haven for those seeking outdoor recreation.

Now, the town of Knights Ferry is perhaps best known for the Covered Bridge, the longest covered bridge west of the Mississippi. Knights Ferry also, however, is home to wonderful hiking trails, is the starting point to one of the most popular rafting runs in Northern California, and is home to a number of small businesses that give visitors a nostalgic glimpse into the past!

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Salmon Festival

Knights Ferry Recreation Area

November 9, 2024

A great place to learn about the annual Salmon run on the Stanislaus River! Come meet the Stanislaus River Parks Department rangers and learn about the beautiful Stanislaus River ecosystem.