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Handicapped Accessible: Yes Accessible camping picnicking, exhibits, restrooms and fishing (with assistance).
Reservation Status: Accepted Campground reservations can be made online or by calling (800) 444-7275.


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California's largest
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California's largest "hydraulic" mine in Malakoff Diggins SHP
Description - Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park is the site of California's largest "hydraulic" mine. Visitors can see huge cliffs carved by mighty streams of water.

Attractions - Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park is the site of California's largest "hydraulic" mine. Visitors can see huge cliffs carved by mighty streams of water, results of the gold mining technique of washing away entire mountains to find the precious metal. Legal battles between mine owners and downstream farmers ended this method. The park also contains a 7,847 foot bedrock tunnel that served as a drain. The visitor center has exhibits on life in the old mining town of North Bloomfield.

Recreation - Visitors can see huge cliffs carved by mighty streams of water, results of the gold mining technique of washing away entire mountains to find the precious metal. The visitor center has exhibits on life in the old mining town of North Bloomfield.

Climate - Gold County generally experiences warm, dry summers and cold, wet winters. Weather can change rapidly during all seasons of the year. Elevation plays a major role in temperature and precipitation. This precipitation falls mainly from October through April. At higher elevations, it comes mostly in the form of snow. Clouds can build up during the summer to produce thunderstorm activity. It is wise to pack for any season with clothing that can be "layered", ready to peel off or add on as the thermometer dictates. Always include some kind of rain gear.

Location - The park is located 16 miles northeast of Nevada City on North Bloomfield Road. 8-miles of the road are unpaved and winding, so allow extra travel time.


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Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: i live next to it and its great, nice trails going thru the tunnel only counts if you dont use a flashlight

Filed By: D.O.B. (Sacramento, CA)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: I camped at this park once during the Labor Day weekend of 2003. It is a really nice park. The drive in is on a graded-dirt road, with many turns and is slow going. But the drive is beautiful and well worth it. The park is a restored Gold Rush Era mining town, and you check in for the campground at the Visitor Center/Museum. The campground is fairly small but most of the sites are huge and well-spaced apart. There are no showers, but that makes the "real" camping experience complete. The only bad thing about this park is the mosquitos and bees. Bring LOTS of bug spray, you will need it. Other than that, there is lots to do within the park. I chose to climb through the tunnel (ask park staff how/where to do it...it is awesome). A park I would definitely re-visit in the cooler months before the mosquitos are thick!!!


Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Camping Family campsites, group sites and cabins available.
Yes
ICON History
Yes
ICON Group Camping Family campsites, group sites and cabins available.
Yes
ICON Historic Sites (major)
Yes
ICON Viewing Historic Sites
Yes


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Contact Information:
Gold Rush Gold Mines Sector Headquarters, 10556 E. Empire Street , Grass Valley, CA, 95945, Phone: 530-273-3884, Fax: 530-273-0602

Additional Information:
California's Historic Sites - This section includes the major historic sites within California. California's rich history is showcased in its many historic sites and monuments.
Gold Country State Parks, Historic Parks and Recreation Areas - The Gold Country Region lies to the west of the Sierra Nevadas in northern California. It features one state park, two state recreation areas, and ten state historic parks.
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