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There are a few different ways into the park from Nevada City. Below are two of the most popular routes.
Recommended (paved) Roads
The park and historic town of North Bloomfield are located 26 miles northeast of Nevada City, California.
- From Hwy 49 /Hwy 20, turn north onto Hwy 49 towards Downieville for 10.5 miles.
- Turn right onto Tyler-Foote Crossing Rd. There you will see a Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park sign.
- Follow the pavement (and double yellow line) for 15 miles. The road name will change to Cruzon Grade, then to Backbone.
- When the double yellow line ends, (the road ahead is gravel) turn right onto Derbec Road and proceed about one mile down the hill to North Bloomfield Road.
- Turn right onto North Bloomfield Rd. The Chute Hill Campground is located 1 mile down this road on the right side.
- Travel another ½ mile to the historic town of North Bloomfield, and park headquarters.
- This route will take you about 45 minutes from Nevada City.
Partial Pavement/Gravel Road
From Hwy 49/20 turn north onto Hwy 49 towards Downieville for 1/3rd of a mile. Turn right onto North Bloomfield Road and follow this road for approximately 16 miles to the old historic town of North Bloomfield. The road is also known at North Bloomfield – Graniteville Road. Please Note: North Bloomfield Road becomes a dusty, bumpy gravel road for 6 miles after you cross the South Yuba River and before you reach the old town of North Bloomfield. Not recommended for RVs, cars with trailers or motorcycles. Travel time is about the same as using the paved route. It’s 10 miles shorter but the gravel road slows you down.