Jan 27, 2019 11:00AM
By Kerri Regan
By Kerri Regan and Ronda Alvey
Photos by Monica Fatica
• The population of Springville hovers right around 1,000, and it covers a little more than four square miles.
• Clarkia springvillensis, a rare wildflower, was discovered near and named after Springville in 1964.
• A handful of scenes from Alfred Hitchcock’s 1942 film “Saboteur” are set at a ranch in Springville.
Things To Do in Springville:
Grab a Bite:
Start your day with a cuppa joe from the quaint-yet-chic Wild Oak Coffee House. The Cow Punchers Café provides a hearty breakfast that will satisfy the hungriest cowpoke. Feeling like a burger? Locals have been fueling up at The Hamburger Stand for decades – if you’re feeling adventurous, try one of their unique flavors of milkshakes (cinnamon and cotton candy are among the offerings).
A Unique Vantage Point:
Explore the beauty of the Sierra Nevadas with a horseback trip into the Golden Trout Wilderness. Full-day and two-hour rides are available, among other options. Bring your fishing poles – the wranglers will show you just where to throw your line in.
A Little History:
The Tule River Historical Museum is home to the first-ever residence built in Springville, known as the Murphy House. It’s equipped with authentic furniture and dishes, so walking in the door is truly like stepping back in time. The museum also features displays of logging, farming and mining equipment, among other interesting artifacts.
Apple of our Eye:
You’ll find Ciderhouse Foods’ products in just about every gift shop and eatery in Springville, and for good reason. Their apple cider syrup, apple butter, apple granola represent a long history of rich family traditions, and products are still made the old-fashioned way.
Things to do in Springville:
Shop and Stroll:
The Patton House thrift and gift shop is also the headquarters for Springville’s Community Club, and its profits benefit the club’s philanthropic efforts. Offerings include handmade jewelry, souvenirs, books by local authors and all kinds of locally produced foods. Save plenty of time to wander through the beautiful Memorial Garden that surrounds the historic house. Another great little shop is The Station, whose eclectic offerings change with the seasons – it’s a fun place to find a really thoughtful gift. At Christmastime, they offer a tree lot and holiday boutique.
Celebrate Good Times:
April is rodeo time, and the Springville Sierra Rodeo is known as “the biggest little rodeo in the west.” Then in October, check out the Springville Apple Festival in October. The event features an artisan village, apple baking contest, a run and much more.
SCICON, an outdoor school of science and conservation, is operated by the Tulare County Office of Education and was visited by more than 20,000 fifth- and sixth-graders last year. The school has provided environmental education for a half-century, and it’s home to a natural history museum, raptor center, planetarium, observatory and tree nursery.
On the map: Springville:
1. River Island Country Club is a picturesque, championship golf course that offers challenges for even the most seasoned golfers.
2. We’ve got the key to success – a day at the lake! Rent a patio boat or kayak at Success Lake Marina and reconnect with nature. Located on the Tule River, the lake was created by Success Dam, a 156-foot-tall earth dam.
3. Rest your head at the Springville Inn, a boutique hotel that’s a beautiful starting point for exploring the Sequoias.
4. Stop by the farmers market on Saturdays (weather permitting) to check out some of the area’s finest home-grown treats. Heirloom tomatoes, jams, fruit and homemade bread are among the offerings.