Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park


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Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park


Location:26 miles northeast of Nevada City on North Bloomfield Road (steep gravel road).
Facilities:Family and group campsites, environmental campsites, rustic cabins, picnic areas, hiking and bike trails, horseback trails, fishing pier, visitor center, exhibits (é).
Activities:Camping, fishing, hiking, swimming, horseback riding, mountain biking, interpretive programs (seasonal).
Special Features:The devastating force of "hydraulic" mining, employed in the 1800s, is still evident in the hills of this park. The gold-mining technique which used powerful streams of water to wash away entire mountains was ended after years of legal battles between mine owners and downstream farmers and communities. The park also contains a 7,847-foot bedrock tunnel that served as a drain.
Address:c/o Sierra District Office
PO Box 266
Tahoma, CA 96142

Phone:530-265-2740
Web: www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=494
Size: 3,143 acres.

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Continue driving north and east and you'll bump over narrow dirt roads (follow park signs) to Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park, where some of the Gold Rush's most extensive hydraulic mining took place.
If you have a week: Traverse the entire route, from Mariposa in the south to Sierraville in the north (267 miles), with as many side trips as you can work in - Murphys, Volcano, Fiddletown, Georgetown, Dutch Flat, Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park (but only if your vehicle is up to the washboard condition of the dirt road to the park).
Hiking the Diggins, fishing the Yuba The site of the world's largest hydraulic gold mine is Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park, 16 miles northeast of Nevada City on North Bloomfield Road.