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This 20-mile portion of the South Yuba River canyon stretches from Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park to Bridgeport covered bridge. The area includes the longest single-span covered bridge in the world, the steep rugged canyon of the South Yuba River, and the Independence Trail - the first identified wheelchair-accessible wilderness trail in the country. South Yuba River State Park offers many scenic vistas. Visitors can view fast water pouring over massive granite ledges in the spring and warm, slow moving emerald swimming holes during the late summer. Visitors can enjoy: swimming, hiking, panning for gold, beautiful wildflowers in the spring, and exploring the trails leading to historic mining sites. Docent-led history, nature, and gold-panning tours are also offered at selected times throughout the year. Adventuresome hikers have a choice of trails ranging in difficulty from the easiest (Independence Trail), to other more strenuous trails throughout the park.
Only did a short section heading south from Edward's Crossing, but what I saw was gorgeous. Would definitely return to hike more of this trail. I was there in late December, and everything was green and the river was high, and there were a couple small waterfalls along the trail. Saw a couple kayakers running the rapids too.
Like walking through fern gully - perfect November hike - waters rushing and everything is green and full of life. Totally easy to get to and parking is plentiful. The trail is well maintained! There are a few places where cones are set on the mountainside walkway, but nothing in real disrepair - the waterfall outlook is closed right now for new construction but that didn't stop us from visiting it off the beaten path - all in all it's a flat, easy and enjoyable way to get out of the city! Heads up though - this time of year wear hiking boots, tennis shoes will get soggy!