South Yuba River State Park
California’s first river corridor state park takes in 20 miles of the South Yuba River, ranging from the edge of the Tahoe National Forest near Nevada City to Bridgeport on the west. The park includes four historic bridges, miles of hiking trails, and the nation’s only wheelchair-accessible wilderness trail, the Independence Trail.
Empire Mine State Historic Park
The Empire Mine was once California’s richest gold mine. Today, it is a state historic park where visitors can relive the history of the Gold Rush. See the mines, mining equipment and methods used by early miners. Descend into the dark and damp main shaft. Explore the mansion and gardens of the wealthy mine owner.
Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park
Malakoff was California’s most famous hydraulic gold mine. Miners used high pressure streams of water to wash away hillsides in their quest for gold. Hydraulic mining was halted in 1884 because of its environmental consequences but its colorful history lives on at Malakoff.