The park is open every day from sunrise to sunset. The museum is open 7 days a week from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm through September. Tours of the townsite are offered at 1:30 pm on days the museum is open.
Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park
Malakoff Diggins has over 20 miles of trails throughout the park. Trails range in length from 1/2 mile to 3 miles one way, from easy to steep elevation changes. Call the park to learn about available dog-friendly trails. Dogs must be on a controlled leash at all times.
Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park is the site of California's largest "hydraulic" mine. Visitors can see huge cliffs carved by mighty streams of water, results of the gold mining technique of washing away entire mountains to find the precious metal. Legal battles between mine owners and downstream farmers ended this method. The park also contains a 7,847 foot bedrock tunnel that served as a drain. The visitor center offers a short video on hydraulic mining and exhibits on life in the old mining town of North Bloomfield.
The Chute Hill Campground and Group Camp will be available from May 27th through October 30th for the 2017 season.
The Miner's Cabins will be open from May 1st through November 27th for the 2017 season.
Reservation for the campground and cabins may be made through ReserveCalifornia. (www.reservecalifornia.com)
Do not use your GPS unless you wish to travel on a dirt road for 7 miles. North Bloomfield Road is not recommended. For an all paved route to the park travel from Nevada City, travel 11-miles north on highway 49 toward Downieville. Turn right on Tyler Foote Road from Highway 49 and follow the main paved road to the park. The main road changes names a few times from Tyler Foote Road to Cruzon Grade Road to Back Bone Road. Turn right on Derbec Road then right on North Bloomfield Road. You will stay on paved roads all the way to the park. These are not high-speed roads. The park is 26-miles (50 min drive time) from Nevada City.
Summer and spring are warm; fall and winter can be cool. Layered clothing is advised.
Available Activities and Facilities at Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park
En route Campsites
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Drinking Water Available