Best trails in Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park

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Explore the most popular trails in Marshall Gold Discovery 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.
Description
Along California’s historic Highway 49, in Coloma between Placerville and Auburn, tucked neatly into a beautifully forested valley in the Sierra foothills, Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park straddles the South Fork of the American River. James W. Marshall discovered gold in 1848 on the South Fork of the American River in the valley the Nisenan Indians knew as Cullumah. This event led to the greatest mass movement of people in the Western Hemisphere and was the spark that ignited the spectacular growth of the West during the ensuing decades. The gold discovery site, located in the still visible tailrace of Sutter's sawmill, in present day Coloma California, is one of the most significant historic sites in the nation. The purpose of Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park is to secure for the people and to make available for their observation, inspiration, and enjoyment, the gold discovery site and its environs as an accurate portrayal of the story that unfolded at the time of the discovery and Gold Rush. The park's interpretive program primarily embraces the period from 1847 through 1852, but also shows the town of Coloma as it developed. Visitors have the opportunity to try panning for gold in the American River and enjoy hikes and picnics under the riparian oak woodlands. Overlooking the beautiful river canyon, where the gold discoverer rests today, see California's first historic monument, the statue of James Marshall pointing at his gold discovery site. Throughout the year the park provides daily interpretive programs at the sawmill replica. Participate in special events, exhibits and "Live History Days" planned regularly throughout the year; contact the Gold Discovery Museum and Visitor Center for details. The Day Use Annual Pass is accepted at this park.
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Map of trails in Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park
Park information
Park hours
Monday
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Sunday
8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Mailing address
Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park
310 Back Street
Placerville, CA 95667
Contact
530-622-3470
Top trails (3)
#1 - Monroe Ridge Trail and the Monument Trail
Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park
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Length: 3 mi • Est. 1 h 37 m
During COVID-19, the parking lot is reportedly closed and one-way clockwise hiking is being enforced. Note: Dogs are NOT allowed on the Monument trail. However they are allowed on the other trails. Show more
#2 - Monroe Ridge Trail
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Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 1 h 53 m
Monroe Ridge Trail is a 3.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Coloma, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity oShow more
#3 - Levee Trail
Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park
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Length: 0.7 mi • Est. 18 m
Levee Trail is a 0.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Garden Valley, California and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nShow more