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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.

Highly recommended for fun and family day. It’s totally shady trail and easy

great views & trail was maintained well. yuba river is wild & strong river.

Lovely hike with nice views! Almost all in the shade. Easier to take Jones Bar Trail down then come back on Independence Trail. Also, this is a pretty easy trail; I wouldn’t say it’s moderate.

Nice easy trail. I liked the other end of this trail better though. Also, watch out for wasps; my daughter and I both got stung about a third of the way through the hike and it burned the whole time and even after.

Nice, easy and well maintained trail...until you get to the end part which looks overgrown but it’s still nice all the same.

Awesome trail!

I was not disappointed with this trail! Lush green ferns, wooden bridges, beautiful waterfalls and well maintained trails. There is plenty of shade to keep you cool. This is now one of my favorite places to hike!

13 days ago

Gorgeous hike! Definitely a favorite. I loved that you could hear the water running along the whole trail. Tons of stairs on this hike, good work out.

This is such a nice trail and such an easy path to follow. The best feature is the bridge. A little disappointed in the end of the trail until my son found a beautiful spot to sit and look over the valley and river below. I’ll be back to this one.

14 days ago

Loved this Trail.

A beautiful trail, if you go Left to start it’s an easy grade, but if you go right there’s a pretty aggressive climb bordering on moderate difficulty

Beautiful hike, kid friendly & easy for non hikers. picnic areas. Options in the area to lengthen your hike.

great family hike.

Great trail for family!!!!

22 days ago

love this trail. beautiful, quiet and FUN!!

nice trail veiws were good the trail by the lake reminded me think of hobbits every rock and tree covered in moss

Fantastic trail. Worth the little hike down to the River.

1 month ago

Beautiful trail! You have views from river along with the sound of the river flowing along the entire hike. Once you reach the end you’re at a beautiful beach like area by the crystal clear river and can sit and take it all in.

1 month ago

Beautiful quick morning walk today. Agree with the other folks that starting L along the river is the best way to go. It's.nore like easy+. Hills and rocks.

Great easy hike! Lots of trees, and all flat trail. During the wet times of the year you may find some cool red salamanders! The trail is not a loop, so if that’s what you’re looking for it isn’t this

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