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South Yuba River State Park

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(530) 432-2546

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Driving Directions to South Yuba River SP

South Yuba River State Park is located off Highway 49, north of Nevada City. The park is accessible from Edwards Crossing, Purdon Crossing, Highway 49 and Bridgeport.
17660 Pleasant Valley Road, Penn Valley, CA 95946

Online reservations are not available for this park.

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Closure Notice:

The parking  lot and day use area at the South Yuba River Crossing on Highway 49 in South Yuba River State Park are closed due to a mud and rock slide.  Visitors are asked to avoid the area as saturated unstable hillsides pose a danger of more slides. Planned reopen date is May1st, 2017.

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 (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 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, wildflower, 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.

The Family Beach Area Trail:

***As of July 2016, the Family Beach Area Trail is no longer accessible due to a winter storm washout. Contact park staff for more details.***

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Available Activities and Facilities at South Yuba River State Park

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