Independence Trail & 49 Hwy Bridge

Founded by the late John Olmsted, the Independence Trail transformed an historic gold mining ditch into the nation’s first identified handicapped-accessible wilderness trail. It is now one of the most popular trails in the area, contouring along wooded hillsides, passing live streams, and crossing deep gorges on restored wooden flumes that once transported water for hydraulic mining. The trail has two separate sections — West and East — that extend from one main trailhead on Highway 49. Read more
The stretch where the South Yuba River is crossed by Route 49 is a popular area for hikers and advanced river activities. Read more

Wildflower Tour & Walk

Start your day with a tour of the beautiful wildflowers guided tour. When spring arrives in the Nevada County foothills there is no better way to welcome its arrival than with a walk among the beautiful wildflowers at South Yuba River State Park. Docents will provide guided wildflower walks beginning on March 10, and will continue every Saturday and Sunday through May 13 at 11:00 a.m. Read More

Grab a lunch or bring your own lunch for a picnic on the lawn at Master’s Market & Deli.

Visit the tulip gardens at Crystal Hermitage

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