The park is open daily on a self-guided basis from sunrise until sunset.
Memorial Day – Labor Day (Summer): 7 days/week, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
October: 7 days/week, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
November – May: Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park is nestled amongst the pine-studded chaparral forest of the Sierra Nevada Foothills and is home to California’s largest hydraulic gold mine. The 3,000-acre park encompasses the town of North Bloomfield and the historic Diggins site, which allows visitors to step back in time and experience the boom and bust of the California Gold Rush. Visitors can see huge cliffs carved by mighty jets of water, results of the gold-mining technique of washing away entire mountains to find gold.
Legal battles between the mine company and downstream agricultural towns resulted in the first environmental protection legislation in the United States in 1884. State Parks inherited the damage done from this type of mining in 1965 and has begun to help nature recover this once-barren mining pit. The park is in the process of designing several measures to this end.
The park also has over 20 miles of unparalleled hiking with some of the most epic views in the Sierra foothills. You can see the sediment layers from 50-million-year-old riverbeds on the Diggins Loop trail and retreat from the summer heat on some of the shadier trails like the Humbug Creek trail. The campground has many trailheads, so you won’t need to drive much once you’re here. The park Visitor Center features displays on mining and pioneer life in the old mining town of North Bloomfield, as well as a short video on hydraulic mining. The park also offers unparalleled snowshoeing in winter.
23579 N. Bloomfield Road
Nevada City, CA 95959
Do not follow your GPS unless you wish to travel on a dirt road for several miles. North Bloomfield Road and Relief Hill Road are not recommended: road conditions vary due to weather; high clearance 4-wheel drive vehicles are highly suggested.
For an all-paved route to the park: 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 at the park sign, then right again on North Bloomfield Road at the bottom of the hill. 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.
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.
Open sites for the Chute Hill Campground and in-town cabins are available by reservation only. Please log into (www.reservecalifornia.com) to make your reservations.
Join us every Saturday on a tour of the historic mining town, including going inside some of the buildings.
Summer and spring are warm; fall and winter can be cool. Layered clothing is advised.
California State Parks acknowledges the Nisenan People were here in this State Park since time immemorial. The Nisenan People are still here today, though they are nearly invisible.
The Sierra District of California State Parks includes their story in our interpretation and education here at the Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park. We understand we are on Nisenan Land and that the original Tribal Families have yet to recover from the near genocide of their people during the California Gold Rush.
California State Parks supports the Nevada City Rancheria Tribe in efforts to stabilize their people as well as the campaign to restore Tribal sovereignty through Federal Recognition.