There’s A Ghost Town Hidden In The Woods In Northern California’s Hoover Wilderness

Stumbling across a ghost town in Northern California is always a unique experience. There’s something slightly eerie about the abandoned buildings, but they can also appear strangely beautiful. Leftover from California’s Gold Rush era, destinations like Chinese Camp in Tuolumne County and North Bloomfield in Malakoff Diggins State Park serve as reminders of this tumultuous but notable time in our state’s history. The ghost town featured here, known as Bennettville, boasts a similar backstory. Found in a remote area of Hoover Wilderness, seeking out this hidden ghost town is an adventure you won’t soon forget.

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Author’s Note: Roads to Hoover Wilderness are closed during winter, so keep this adventure in mind for late spring and summer. The closest towns with services are Lee Vining and Mammoth Lakes. Wilderness permits are required for overnight visits. Head to the Forest Service website for more information about the restrictions regarding Hoover Wilderness.