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Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park

Contact Information

(530) 622-3470

Park Hours

Day Use Areas
8am - 6pm
Museum Hours
10am -5pm

Driving Directions to Marshall Gold Discovery SHP

The park is located in Coloma on Highway 49 between Placerville and Auburn.

Online reservations are not available for this park.

Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.

DAY USE RESERVATIONS FOR THE REMAINDER OF 2017 will be dealt with by the Park directly, please click on the following link (here) to make a reservation to visit Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. We will be in contacrt with you are quickly as possible after recieving your request. Thank you for your patience as State Parks transitions to a new reservation system.

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The World Rushed In

James W. Marshall discovered gold in 1848 on the South Fork of the American River in the valley the Nisenan Indians knew as Cullumah. This event led to the greatest mass movement of people in the Western Hemisphere and was the spark that ignited the spectacular growth of the West during the ensuing decades. The gold discovery site, located in the still visible tailrace of Sutter's sawmill, in present day Coloma California, is one of the most significant historic sites in the nation.

James W. Marshall found  shining flecks of gold in the tailrace of the sawmill he was building for himself and John Sutter. This discovery in 1848 changed the course of California's and the nation's history.   See a replica of the original sawmill and over 20 historic buildings including mining, house, school, and store exhibits.

Visitors have the opportunity to try panning for gold in the American River and enjoy hikes and picnics under the riparian oak woodlands.   Overlooking the beautiful river canyon, where the gold discoverer rests today, see California's first historic monument,  the statue of James Marshall  pointing at his gold discovery site . 

Come participate in tours or special events, see exhibits and "Living History Days" planned regularly throughout the year; contact the Gold Discovery Museum and Visitor Center for details. Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park is proud to now offer the Eureka Experience school and group programs, and gold panning lessons for park visitors.


Next Living History Day is Second Saturday

No Living History 05/13/2017

Join us on the second Saturday of the month for living history activities and events. Enjoy the park filled with docents dressed in period clothing who discuss the 1850s and give demonstrations. You and the kids can participate in rope making, candle dipping, dutch oven cooking, sawmill wood working and games from the past. Come step back in the time!

Aside from special events, Living History Days are the second Saturday of each month from 10:00am-3:00pm. They may be cancelled in case of extreme weather - please call the museum at (530) 622-3470 to check ahead of time.

Group Reservations 2017-18

Check school and group information page for change in reservation dates and procedures.
School and Group Information

Gold Discovery Tours

Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park is pleased to offer visitors guided walking tours!

Our Gold Discovery Tour tells the story and visits the sites of the Coloma Valley before James Marshall's gold discovery. Hear about the events leading up to his incidental discovery, and the history of the California Gold Rush and town of Coloma.
Tours are offered twice a day or more, weather permitting. Tour cost is $3.00 per adult and $2.00 per child. We do not give tours on our event days including Second Saturday Living History Days, Coloma Gold Rush Live, Historic Holiday Houses, and Springtime in Coloma. Please come enjoy those events!

Any questions? Please call our museum at (530) 622-3470.

Sutters MillSutter's Mill

Additional Information

Seasons & Recommended Clothing
Summer and spring are warm; fall and winter can be cool. Layered clothing is advised.

River Flow
For current river flow, please click on the link to be redirected.

Gold panning, tours, the blacksmith shop, and other scheduled activities may be closed/cancelled due to extreme weather, poor air quality conditions,  inclement weather, or emergencies. For the latest information, please call the Gold Discovery Museum at (530) 622-3470; open seven days a week 10am-5pm. You can also email for any additional information.

Location & Directions

The park is located in Coloma on Highway 49 between Placerville and Auburn.

US Highway 50 going East. Take the Ponderosa Exit, turn left on S. Shingle, take a right on North Shingle. Continue on N. Shingle for 10 miles.  (N. Shingle will turn into Green Valley Road, then Lotus Road.) Lotus Road ends at CA HWY 49. Turn right on Highway 49 and go 1 mile to Coloma.

US HWY 80 going East, take the Elm Ave. exit and turn left. Take a left on CA/49--CA/193/South El Dorado Street. Continue on 49 for approximately 13 miles.

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Available Activities and Facilities at Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park

Hiking Trails
Historical/Cultural Site
Picnic Areas
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Guided Tours
Interpretive Exhibits
Beach Area
Family Programs
Food Service
Drinking Water Available