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Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park

North Bloomfield Road, Nevada City, CA 95959
+1 530-265-2740
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This beautiful state park is a gold mine!

Well not a mine, exactly, but the remains of a hydraulic diggings from the late 1800's. Hydraulic... read more

Reviewed 29 August 2017
Solar J
Nevada City, California
State park explains forty years of hydraulic gold mining

First we hiked four days Stuart Fork in the Trinity Alps and saw the 1880's piping, dams and... read more

Reviewed 25 August 2017
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North Bloomfield Road, Nevada City, CA 95959
+1 530-265-2740
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Reviewed 29 August 2017

Well not a mine, exactly, but the remains of a hydraulic diggings from the late 1800's. Hydraulic mining was later outlawed and the action was the country's first environmental law. Here's your chance to learn about California's rich god mining history.

Thank Solar J
Reviewed 25 August 2017

First we hiked four days Stuart Fork in the Trinity Alps and saw the 1880's piping, dams and aqueducts built to collect snow melt, and obviously requiring vast amounts of hand and mule labor for construction. Then we wound through the desolate foothills to Malakoff...More

Thank RobWNC
Reviewed 20 August 2017 via mobile

A peak inside the industry that helped make California what it is: gold mining. Ultimately banned, hydraulic mining was the major source of Californian gold production for decades.

Thank mes227
Reviewed 13 August 2017

We took the adventurous route out N. Bloomfield Rd from Nevada City, which was a gravel road part of the way - but there were several very scenic spots of the diggins we would not have seen if we had not gone that route. The...More

Thank LorindolMoon
Reviewed 8 August 2017

Malakoff Diggins is well worth the 26 mile trip from Nevada City, not because it is a California state park but because it is one of this country's worst environmental disasters. Now it simply looks like a canyon 7,000 feet long, 3,000 feet wide and...More

Thank jeanneB
Reviewed 6 July 2017

We visited in the summer. The museum is a nice little place to see some historical mining artifacts and get a short history lesson by watching a nicely done video. Seeing the old buildings from the original settlement was nice. We did not take the...More

Thank Robin T
Reviewed 26 March 2017 via mobile

There may not be much here but it is the most beautiful area you will have the pleasure of walking g through. Gorgeous scenery and great for pictures. Beautiful anytime of year.

1  Thank Aundrea D
Reviewed 26 January 2017

This time of year it is cold and dusted with snow, but in the spring or summer this is a family great-time getaway. Imagine a couple of hours exploring one of our most exciting times in history, the 49er Gold Rush. A family could spend...More

Thank Patti F
Reviewed 26 December 2016

We visited this park in December and it was empty. The museum and visitor center were closed. It was still very fun and interesting though. Upon reaching the park, there are remnants of an old mining village, including a general store, blacksmith, old homes, a...More

Thank Dateleaf
Reviewed 17 November 2016

This place is a neighborhood treat that's great for the whole family. The watering hole and hikes around lend themselves to a day full of fun. There's even a jungle gym for the kids and a horseshoe pit to have some family fun. This is...More

Thank Elizabeth S
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