2020-2021_Nevada County Gold

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An in depth introduction to Historic Nevada County, California including Grass Valley, Nevada City, Penn Valley, Truckee and Sierra County.

RECREATION

PARKS AND RECREATION

Let’s Go to the Park and Have Some Fun!

Malakoff Diggins’ State Park

Nevada City. Visitors to this unique state park, site of the largest hydraulic mine in

California, are greeted by an unusual landscape. It was created between the 1850s and

1880s by hydraulic gold mining when water was aimed at hillsides using giant nozzles.

Huge cliffs were carved by the mighty streams of water. In 1884, such mining was

outlawed because of far reaching damage due to rivers and waterways downstream.

The park includes the ghost town of North Bloomfield. Open every day from sunrise to

sunset. Check for winter hours. (530) 265-2740; malakoffdigginsstatepark.org

NOLAN THORNBERRY

South Yuba River State Park

Penn Valley. The park is a patchwork of sites on a 20 mile stretch of the river

including scenic vistas and the steep rugged canyon of the South Yuba.

There are hiking trails, and opportunities for swimming, fishing and mountain

biking. Hikers have a choice of trails from easy to strenuous. Along the

length of the park are several architecturally different bridges. For information

and directions to some of the trails, go to parks.ca.gov, Find a Park.

Follow directions to South Yuba and under Related Pages hit hiking.

THOMAS A THOMPSON

Western Gateway

Regional Park

Penn Valley. Eighty-eight acre park hosts festivals,

concerts and community events. Playgrounds, picnic

tables, barbeque pits, creek with swimming hole.

Also six bocce ball courts, disc golf course, horseshoe

pits, basketball court, handball, tennis/pickleball

courts, off leash dog park, walking paths and trails,

including a fitness trail. Penn Valley Drive off

Spenceville Road. westerngatewaypark.com

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