Groveland, California is the main stop on Highway 120 to Yosemite National Park. The town grew quickly in the early 1900s with the development of the Tuolumne River Hetch-Hetchy water project for the city of San Francisco. Groveland is adjacent to the Stanislaus National Forest and is well-known for the historic Iron Door Saloon in downtown Groveland, as well as the gated community of Pine Mountain Lake.
From 1915 through 1935, Groveland was a boomtown supporting seven hotels, 10,000 residents and much activity.
When the work crews left, the town again became a stop on the way to Yosemite until Boise Cascade company built Pine Mountain Lake (PML). Pine Mountain Lake has a first-class golf course, a county airport, and lake surrounded by approximately 5000 lots. This development has grown so much, it is reminiscent of a smaller version of Lake Tahoe resort, making Groveland a world-class travel and vacation destination for Tuolumne County, California.