One of the most visited attractions in Amador County, Daffodil Hill, is closing thanks to its own popularity.
Thousands of visitors made the trek up to the foothills each spring to view the hillside covered with daffodils of all sizes and colors. Amador County Sheriff Martin Ryan says his family carried on the tradition for 80 years, planting 300,000 bulbs on 36 acres near the town of Volcano.
But Ryan says the beauty and popularity of the hill led to its demise. It will now be closed to visitors indefinitely.
“The crowds were overwhelming,” he said. “Any option we have doesn’t fix the problem … the amount of parking we have available, the size of the hill itself, and particularly the infrastructure, small country roads that lead to it.”
Ryan says the crowded roads often meant a two-hour wait in line, which also presented a concern for emergency vehicles.
The hill was only open for one weekend this year because of poor weather.