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Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park

14881 Pine Grove Volcano Rd, Pine Grove, CA 95665-9779
+1 209-296-7488
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Tipis not from buffalo skins but from tree bark

Whether you drive up from Jackson on CA 88 and are headed for Volcano's smart little bakery or plan... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Ulrich K
Siegburg, Germany

We camped here for one night. It was a typical campground, with semi private plots. Coin showers... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Hong Kong, China
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This preserve's 136 acres include spots where Native Americans ground acorns into the bedrock.
  • Excellent49%
  • Very good46%
  • Average5%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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14881 Pine Grove Volcano Rd, Pine Grove, CA 95665-9779
+1 209-296-7488
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Whether you drive up from Jackson on CA 88 and are headed for Volcano's smart little bakery or plan to drive to Lake Tahoe, you may want to make a stopover at this highly interesting historic place. Two things are especially noteworthy there; for one,...More

Thank Ulrich K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We camped here for one night. It was a typical campground, with semi private plots. Coin showers and toilet block facilities were good. Had a small walk around the rock exhibits which was interesting.

Thank teamflames
Reviewed 3 May 2017

A great small historical park to learn history of the native Americans. The park has a very good museum/interpretation center and outdoor reconstructed village. The center piece of the park is a large grinding rock with hundreds of round depressions in which acorns have been...More

Thank Hiker-7
Reviewed 1 May 2017

Interesting look at Miwok history and a sober reminder of how it ended up. I was unfamiliar with the grinding rock concept, but interested to see it. Small interpretive center has good info. There are supposed to be petroglyphs here but darned if we could...More

Thank Yog-Sothoth
Reviewed 30 April 2017

We've always somehow missed the Miwok history of the area, going instead to the old gold digging sites. This visit, we went to this very well developed site and museum. Easy 0.9mi loop and a very complete museum. Educational and certainly a 5 star site...More

Thank los_companeros
Reviewed 7 April 2017

Museum has a huge amount of information. I'd start by a visit to the museum before I'd start the walk around the park. The old oaks and the setting of this site tells the story of why the grinding rocks are set here. Walk down...More

Reviewed 3 December 2016

Pay the California State Park day use fee, enjoy the largest grinding rock site in North America, enjoy the huts, and walk both trails. Spend 2 or 3 hours that you will enjoy and probably remember forever.

1  Thank Stephen D
Reviewed 28 September 2016

While touring Hwy 49, we took a side trip to the small town of Volcano where you can find the Indian Grinding Rock State Park. Well worth it. Just amazing to see all the ground down holes and image each family having their own spot...More

Thank gradeschoolmom
Reviewed 27 July 2016

It has a small campground. No hook ups. It has anise picnic area. It has a wonderful walking tour. It has a nice museum with knowledgeable docents.

Thank 254sandy
Reviewed 24 July 2016

When our twin 9-year-old grandchildren visited us in Amador County, we added Indian Grinding Rock to our itinerary. We wanted to give them an experience of the first human inhabitants in the beautiful Sierras. They enjoyed the history, sights, and even the half mile hike...More

Thank Elaine S
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Camping. Can we build a campfire? Or can we bring a little gas stove to cook on ?
20 May 2016|
Response from pamelamR4732JY | Reviewed this property |
They have 22 campsites tent or RV up to 27 ft. max. fire ring and table each site. coin op. shower .25. Reservations required mid May to Sept .Reserve America 1-800-444-7275 or on line Open camping other times.$30/n 1st... More