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Destination Nevada County

Premium visitors magazine for Nevada County produced by the Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce



O utd o o r R e c r e IN NEVADA COUNTY Numerous outdoor activities, combined with the majestic landscape of western Nevada County, contribute to the variety of recreational options for exercise, family fun, and relaxation. This county proudly boasts three important state parks: Empire Mine State Park, South Yuba River State Park and Malakoff Diggings State Park. These three sites represent different methods of gold mining history through their excellent interpretive programs on hard-rock, placer and hydraulic mining. They also include acres of scenic trails for hiking, mountain biking or horseback riding. Malakoff Diggins even offers camping opportunities. Visitors to South Yuba River State Park experience the canyon’s stunning scenery. In the summer, swimmers splash in the river’s many swimming holes or relax on sandy beaches, as the river tumbles between the massive granite boulders. Truckee, Grass Valley, Nevada City, Penn Valley, Alta Sierra and South County offer recreational opportunities for all generations. These communities host challenging golf courses, public swimming pools, ball fields, tennis and pickle ball courts, skateboard parks, and wonderful settings for young children filled with swing sets, slides and merry-go-rounds. Some county parks also include sport fitness trails and Frisbee golf. For bike riders and hikers, Nevada County is a year-round playground. The Independence Trail, which runs along an old flume path accessed on Highway 49, is designed for the enjoyment of all, including people with disabilities. This easy and accessible trail affords everyone beautiful views of the river, a waterfall and wildlife. The Pioneer Trail along Highway 20 is maintained for horseback riding and is also used for mountain biking and hiking. Further up the highway, adventurers find many more Photo credit: Erin Thiem, places for cross-country and downhill skiing, camping, backpacking and exploring in the majestic Sierras. Even the not so adventurous can have a wonderful outdoor experience just driving the Yuba-Donner Scenic by-way. When it comes to outdoor recreation Nevada County has it all! DESTINATION Nevada County 149