kid friendly



dogs on leash

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.

on Jones Bar Loop

1 day ago

Nice easy fun trail

Great for kids! Enchanting and really nice trail for any age. My grandson called it being in a dream... He's age 6, nice to view the world through little ones eyes.

23 days ago

Started at Purdon Crossing hiked through to Illinois Crossing primitive campsite for the night. Hiked back towards Purdon and stayed at Emerald Pool. Encountered gold miners, poison oak, and beautiful views. Lots of wildflowers. Amazing trail.

27 days ago

Trail starts with a pretty intense decline. Creek is really pretty and the views are nice. My kids loved all the little bridges.

28 days ago

Go left. You want to start this trailhead on the left. That way you're approaching the big switchback hill face as a descent, not a climb. And the back hill ascent is a fairly gentle rise.

If you go right you're gonna have a bad time.

29 days ago

Really gentle trail that's got nice bridges and rocks. Great trail to hike with small kids.

1 month ago

Beautiful private swimming holes all along the trail. Several cool mining claim signs warning that you will be prosecuted if you steal minerals from their site. Steep in spots and cliff areas. All manageable by most people.

1 month ago

A beautiful adventure. Went at sunrise on a weekday, so only encountered a few others. I didnt realize it had a nudist beach ... that explains the naked couple. I definietly recommend and will be going back.

Easy, neat little trail. Way easy for kids. Bummer the ramp to the creek was closed.

Love the views!! Trail was very picturesque and heading down to the river was definitely worth it.

Not a bad walk at all. Great views of the Yuba River with easy access to the river if desired. Lots of shady spots to stop with benches if you need to. Only bad thing was nobody seems to know how to pick up there dogs poop. Great trail other than that.

Scenic, very easy but buggy at the end of summer.

Scenic, very easy but buggy at the end of Summer, so we turned around before reaching the end.

Nice trail and easy for everyone as we saw a family with a twin stroller walking. We went in the afternoon and it was almost all shade.

1 month ago

Never been to this trail. Took my best friend on her very first hike here. I have to say it is absolutely a great trail for beginners. Absolutely love the fact that there wasn't careless people throwing trash on the trail!!
I'd do this one again.

Great workout. Starts off with a pretty good decent. Beautiful scenery. We came back the way we went in and the way back up was tough (for me). Well worth it though.

I loved this trail. It is easy and very well maintained, and the bridges make it fun.

I've done this a few times, always beautiful, any season. When you're done, go the extra mile and cool off in the South Yuba River State Park!!!