South Yuba River SP

State Park

Location-Directions:
South Yuba River State Park headquarters located at Bridgeport, 17660 Pleasant Valley Rd can be accessed from Highway 20 west of Grass Valley or from Higway 49 north of Nevada City. Remote portions of the park are accessible from Edwards Crossing, Purdon Crossing, and Highway 49.


The park:
This 20-mile portion of the South Yuba River canyon stretches from Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park to Bridgeport covered bridge. The area includes the longest single-span covered bridge in the world, the steep rugged canyon of the South Yuba River, and the Independence Trail - the first identified wheelchair-accessible wilderness trail in the country.

South Yuba River State Park offers many scenic vistas. Visitors can view fast water pouring over massive granite ledges in the spring and warm, slow moving emerald swimming holes during the late summer.

Visitors can enjoy: 
  • swimming
  • hiking
  • panning for gold
  • beautiful wildflowers in the spring
  • exploring the trails leading to historic mining sites
  • Docent-led history, nature, and gold-panning tours are also offered at selected times throughout the year.

Adventuresome hikers have a choice of trails ranging in difficulty from the easiest (Independence Trail), to other more strenuous trails throughout the park. Click on the "Hiking" link above right to explore all the hiking trail options.

Caution:
Winter and Spring weather conditions can cause the trail to become muddy and impassable for wheelchairs. Call the park for trail condition information before you go.

·Park Information

  • Hours of Operation:

    Call the Park

  • Park Office Telephone:

    (530) 432-2546

  • Region

    Gold Country

    County

    Nevada

  • Purchase Annual Passes

Telephone

Ranger Office 530-432-2546
Sector Office 530-273-3884

Operating Hours

Bridgeport
Day use: Sunrise -Sunset

Visitor Center Parking Lot
Open every day
10 am - Sunset

Visitor Center Hours
Winter: Thu - Sun
11am - 4pm

Summer: Every day
11am - 4pm

Remote Areas
Day Use: Sunrise - 10pm

Address

17660 Pleasant Valley Road
Penn Valley, CA 95946