Historic Park Sites

Nevada County is home to several state parks that offer history and recreation opportunities at one scenic location. Twenty-six miles from Nevada City, Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park is the site of California’s largest hydraulic mine and features a visitor center with exhibits on life in the old mining town of North Bloomfield. Grass Valley’s Empire Mine State Historic Park is the site of one of the oldest, largest and richest gold mines in California. Today the park features historic mine buildings, as well as guided tours and living history presentations. Donner Memorial State Park is home to the Emigrant Trail Museum, as well as a wonderful self-paced interpretive walking trail.

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Bridgeport Covered Bridge

Built in 1862 by David Isaac John Wood with lumber from his mill…

Calanan Park Monitor & Drill Core

This hydraulic mining monitor used pressurized water to wash…

Broad St. and Union St.,
Nevada City, CA 95959


Hardrock Gold Mining


Empire Mine State Historic Park
© 2012 California State Parks.
Photo by Brian Baer
An estimated $500 million in gold has been mined with in a one-mile…

415 Central Ave.,
Grass Valley, CA 95945


Pelton Wheel & Five-Stamp Mill

The mill was built in 1853 and used to crush ore at the Fortuna…

Red Ledge Stamp Mill

This three-stamp mill was donated to the city of Grass Valley…

Main Street & Auburn Street,
Grass Valley, CA 94945

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South Yuba River Park Association

Come discover the many faces of the South Yuba River. Wander…

17660 Pleasant Valley Rd.,
Penn Valley CA 95946