nature trips

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.

Beautiful hike today! Very dog friendly and the sounds,smells, and foliage were abundant. I can't wait to take my kids and hubby back here. Definitely worth the trip

East is still closed even barricaded off by State Parks. Someone please comment when it's back open.

Pretty easy trail but because of recent weather, there's some muddy spots and downed trees. I was still able to push a stroller from the trailhead to jones bar rd. Had to get a little creative over a couple downed trees. The switchback is still closed pending repairs. Otherwise, a wonderful trail. Useable bathrooms located at trailhead. The trailhead for both west and east starts at the same spot. Clearly marked off of 49 parking available at the actual trailhead. First mile or so is wheelchair accessible. Have fun!

Beautiful easy trail and completely flat for the most part. 3/4/17 we were just out for a drive on 49 and seen the sign. I'm so glad we stopped. Sun was shining and it even hailed a little. The best part of the hike was that the entire trail is wheelchair accessible! But more of a leisurely stroll than a challenging hike. East independence trail was closed due to unsafe condition. We took west and there was a sign saying unsafe structure. A few cones and broken broads from recent weather damage. Creeped me out a lil but safe none the less.

Really cool trail.. antique bathrooms ... lol. Great for kids. Some parts are stroller friendly, some not so much. The views were pretty good. The sounds from the river i could listen to for hours!!! Looking forward to going back when the trail is cleaned up a bit. There was a huge tree blocking it so there was no getting through.

1 month ago

This is a good beginner trail. It is dog friendly and all trails are marked. Very flat but easy to find off hwy 49

Easy hike. Good for kids. No grand "view" but water was beautiful

Great trail, sometimes the earth was so soft and narrow though along a cliff side that you couldn't enjoy the scenery since you had to watch your step constantly. Did in 3 days, easily doable for the average backpacker but get an early start if your slow and it's winter