The South Yuba River State Park is worth seeing during Spring when the wildflowers are in full bloom. The Independence Trail (wheelchair – accessible) takes you along the river to see the beautiful showcase of wildflowers. The trail is about 2 miles round trip. Fun Fact: The Bridgeport Covered Bridge is the longest single-span covered bridge in the world. Another great online resource – South Yuba River Park Association.
Another park to see in this area is the Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park. This is the site of California’s largest “hydraulic” mine, which is a gold mining technique of washing away entire mountains. The visitor center offers visitors exhibits of the mining town of North Bloomfield.
Take a detour to Downieville, California another gold mining town back in its heyday. The town is located on Highway 49 north of Nevada City. The town might not look like much, but does have a historic past and some great restaurants to grab a quick bite. The town comes alive in July for the Classic Mountain Bike Race and Festival. Another Fun Fact: There were several large nuggets discovered over a period of time in Downieville – one in particular weighed 427 pounds and was sold for $90,000.