South Yuba River State Park
Join us for docent led wildflower walks on the weekends as we take you on a tour to see poppies, lupines, larkspur, fiddlenecks, popcorn flowers and others that are currently blooming. The walks begin at 10 a.m. on Saturdays and 11 a.m. on Sundays on the Buttermilk Bend Trail and will be available until May. They typically last around two hours but may last longer. You’ll also be able to spot the annual Pipevine Swallowtail butterflies, fluttering from wildflower to wildflower.
Visitors can meet the docent in the North Parking Lot (where the kiosk is located). Interested parties can call (530) 432-2546, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursdays through Sundays.
Latest Updates on Bridgeport Covered Bridge Restoration ProjectAfter being closed in the fall of 2011 for structural deficiencies, the reconstruction project on the historic Bridgeport Covered Bridge is moving forward. Construction will begin this spring and will affect park operations. For the latest on the rehabilitation project and park operations, please click here.
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.
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 (currently closed for restoration), 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 swift moving water carving the granitic canyon that is peppered with seasonal native blooms in sprintime, and experience refreshing swimming holes that dot the 20 mile length of the Yuba River in late summer. Along the length of the park, visitors can see several architectually different bridges spanning from the Gold Rush era to the mid-20th century.
Visitors can enjoy:
- bird watching
- panning for gold
- wildflowers in the spring
- hiking in the historic gold country
- docent-led history, wildflower, birding, geology, 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.
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.
Filming Videos and Still Photography in State Parks
California State Parks requires an approved film permit for:
- All commercial still photography and videography
- Professional photographers offering services
- Student photo/film
- Professional development projects
To learn more, please visit our blog here.
For specific film permit information at Empire Mine State Historic Park, Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park or South Yuba River State Park, please click here.