Humbug Creek Trail Open!
The trail is now open to hikers from the trailhead at North Bloomfield Road down to the South Yuba River. The lower bridge repair has been completed. Thank you for your patience and support.
Chute Hill Campground has reopened after a two year closure. Camp sites are subject to reservations but drop-in campers are welcome. Please call Reserve America at 1-800-444-7275 or go online at www.reserveamerica.com for reservation information and availabiltiy prior to camping. The 2014 season ends the last weekend in September of 2014.
Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park, located 26 miles northeast of Nevada City, California was created in 1965 by concerned citizens to preserve the exciting and controversial story of our country’s largest hydraulic gold mining operation that devastated the area from the mid 1800s. Malakoff Diggins is the site of our country’s first environmental law issued by the federal government against the North Bloomfield Gravel Mining Company (Sawyer Decision) to curtail the release of the mud, gravel and debris that clogged streams and major rivers from the foothills down to San Francisco Bay. The dramatic hydraulic mining pit is an enduring testimony to the scale of reckless environmental and social impact that hydraulic mining caused throughout northern California. A 40 minute drive from picturesque Nevada City brings you to the ghost town of North Bloomfield. Here visitors and students can experience a unique window of life in a circa-1880’s gold mining community.
The park comprises approximately 3,200 acres of majestic pines, cedars and oaks between 2,500’ and 4,000’ elevation in the northern Sierra Nevada foothills region. Overnight visitors can choose between a shady, restful campsite in Chute Hill campground, or a rustic “Miner Cabin.” The group campsite accommodates up to 60 people.
Approximately 20 miles of scenic trails range from very easy to strenuous, and connect with the famous South Yuba River Trail. Overnight and day school programs are offered in the fall and spring. Three popular events offer important recreational opportunities for nearby communities and the region - the Kid’s Fishing Derby in May, Humbug Day in June, and the Ice Cream Social in September.