Explore the most popular trails in Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park is located in the Sierra Nevada foothills eight miles east of Jackson. The park nestles in a little valley 2,400 feet above sea level with open meadows and large valley oaks that once provided the native Americans of this area with an ample supply of acorns. The park was created in 1968 and preserves a great outcropping of marbleized limestone with some 1,185 mortar holes -- the largest collection of bedrock mortars in North America. Events The second Saturday of every month you can enjoy watching Native American Jack Flores perform traditional craft making skills such as basket weaving and flint knapping. Please call the museum for more information. Open sunrise to sunset.

Great trail for kids and fun things to see.

Currently closed for ADA upgrades

Great walk to do with kids/strollers/grandparents/wheel chairs.

easy, scenic, not crowded. too easy for many, but comfortable for all.

A great flat trail that is good for every level. This trail leads you through a slice of history, see how the miwok Indians lived by harvesting acorns in this area. turns out you can camp here as well in traditional teepees. how cool is that?

Super easy hike. Great place for a picnic

This place is adorable. It was easy, but still really enjoyable. I'd say family friendly for kids to go on a little nature hike.

Every easy. Had my two year old walk most of it I'd start at north point and it will merge with south

the trail that is mapped is easy and we did it with a double stroller and two little. there are other trails that branch off. we did one and the stroller had issues going over roots and stairs. All said it was a couple miles. very clean and a beautiful day.

Thursday, July 06, 2017

There is a native american museum which has a nice display of art. There are teepees and other structures which are interesting. There are picnic tables. There are short hikes and it is perfect if you are going there with toddlers.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Very easy trail. There are two loops, the north trail and the south trail, both pretty short, under 2 miles. Dogs are not allowed on the trails but are allowed in the park on the paved areas. Nice campground. Twice a year the Miwok Indians come to the park to celebrate their culture. Wonderful events. Museum opens at 10 am.

The have amazing giant black oak trees

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Worst "hike" super short. Perfect if you have younger kids.

Thursday, April 05, 2012

I love this place. I grew up close by so I spent many days exploring around the park and have watched it grow over the years. This is a great family location. You get a little history and some exercise as well. The trails are not too difficult and having the amenities make this a must. Please enjoy and support our fabulous park.

Monday, April 04, 2011

This is a very special place however the trail is short. It's best to go when there are events going on because then you get the whole expirience.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Indian grinding rock is a state park, with a small Native American History museum. The grinding rock contains decorative carvings, known to be thousands of years old. The carvings are becoming hard to see, due to natural erosion. The nature trail takes you around a Native American village. Some buildings continue to be used in native American ceremonies. The trail is a flat, easy to navigate surface, some of which is paved. There is a self guided tour, showing plants the native Americans depended on for survival. the trail can be warm during the spring and summer, and would probably be unremarkable, if not for the strong Native American history, that can be found within. There are restroom facilities and water available on site.

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