South Yuba River Historic State Park
South Yuba River State Park has a little something for everyone. The park stretches along 20 miles of the river and includes four historic bridges, miles of hiking trails, and a wheelchair-accessible wilderness trail. At Bridgeport you will find the 1862 Covered Bridge (longest single-span covered bridge in the world and currently under restoration), an exhibit of transportation in the 1860s, the restored 1927 Shell gas station, gold panning troughs, spring wildflower walks on the Buttermilk Bend Trail, bird walks and the park Visitor Center. Learn more at www.southyubariverstatepark.org.
Gold fever continues to burn bright at Empire Mine. Each year nearly 100,000 visitors from all over the world explore Empire Mine’s gold, grit and glory, when it ranked as one of the oldest, largest and most prosperous hard-rock gold mines in North America. Many come to learn about its success in the old Mineyard, while others are lured by Empire Cottage’s famous gardens and fountains. Living History, Tours and Special Events keep its past alive. With close to 850 acres of scenic trails for hiking, biking, dog walking and horseback riding, it’s fun to pack a picnic lunch, and spend the day. Learn more at: www.empiremine.org
Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park
Malakoff Diggins is Nevada County’s best kept secret. Bring the kids out to the park and hike or ski throughout the old Diggins. Spend an idyllic afternoon picnicking, fishing or lolling by the ever enchanting Blair Pond. Explore the 500 ft. Hiller Tunnel then check out the giant water Monitors and North Bloomfield’s fascinating Gold Rush History. Bring a camera to capture that history and beauty. Park Museum and Visitor’s Center open April 1 – Sept 30. Town tours 1:30 daily. Campgrounds, Miner’s Cabins open May 22. Learn more at www.malakoffdigginsstatepark.org
Donner Memorial State Park
The new visitor center will feature a state of the art facility with innovative and engaging programs and exhibits. Compelling new exhibits feature stories of the Emigrant Experience, the Land of the Washoe, Chinese construction of the railroad and early motoring adventures over Donner Pass. An expanded information center welcomes visitors with interactive kiosks for exploring connections to other state parks. A spacious museum store provides keepsakes for visitors young and old. Improvements to the landscape include a paved walk to the Pioneer Memorial, the path taken by the Donner Party and other emigrants. Learn more at:
A New Direction in Wine
Slightly North of Highway 80, between Reno and Sacramento, is an emerging wine region known as the Sierra Vintners. With award winning wines and people who will treat you like family the minute you arrive, you’ll be glad we pointed you in the right direction. Stop in today and experience the Sierra Vintner difference.
Go Nevada County
Nevada County is home to three distinct downtown areas – Grass Valley, Nevada City and Truckee. Each town offers its own unique interpretation of the Sierra Nevada story. From world-class skiing and snowboarding to mountain biking, Truckee offers stellar year-round outdoor fun coupled with historic sites. Nevada City exudes a creative, fun-loving spirit in its downtown shops, restaurants and galleries, with enchanting events such as Mardi Gras. Offering small-town charm incarnate, Grass Valley is the hub for the booming Nevada County wineries and boasts a Center for the Arts. Penn Valley and Rough and Ready also have must-see attractions.
Brimming in history, culture and outdoor recreation, Nevada County tourism offers an authentic California travel experience that is sure to delight and inspire each and every visitor.