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Where to go and where to stay in Butte County.

Visiting Butte County

Biggs, Chico, Gridley, Oroville, Paradise.

04 - Butte County

Butte County, the 'Land of Natural Wealth and Beauty' was one of the original California counties; founded on February 18th, 1850.

Its name is derived from the Marysville or Sutter Buttes, which lay within the boundaries of the county when it was created.

The county seat of Butte County is Oroville.

Around Butte County


Biggs is a primarily residential community that has maintained the small town character one might envision for such a community of fifty years past.


Chico was founded in 1860 by General John Bidwell and incorporated in 1872.

Chico Chamber:
The Visitor Center is located within the Chico Chamber of Commerce downtown at 441 Main Street (corner of 5th Street and Main, inside Municipal Building).


Gridley is growing and changing, becoming livelier, more active, and more festive than before. You can see it in the historic buildings being restored to their former glory and you can see it in the new storefronts blossoming throughout the area.

Gridley Area Chamber of Commerce:
613 Kentucky Street, Gridley.


Lake Oroville is one of the largest reservoirs in California; formed by the Oroville Dam, across the Feather River.

Oroville Chamber of Commerce:
Oroville is proud of its five museums, including the Bolt Antique Tool Museum and the Chinese Temple. From the historic downtown district to the picturesque mountain areas, Oroville has plenty to offer its visitors.


Paradise is a short drive from the Bay Area and Sacramento; through orchards, past roadside fruit stands, up through the oaks, and into the pines.

Paradise Ridge Chamber of Commerce:
Perched atop the Ridge, above the Bay Area heat and fog, this picturesque Sierra foothill community is rich in history, culture, and natural beauty.

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