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#24 of 90 state parks in California

Best trails in South Yuba River State Park

1203 Reviews
Looking for a great trail in South Yuba River State Park, California? AllTrails has 13 great hiking trails, dogs leash trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 8 moderate trails in South Yuba River State Park ranging from 1.6 to 15.1 miles and from 580 to 4,980 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

Situated in the foothills of the Sierra, South Yuba River State Park offers miles of trails, swimming, wildflowers, and historic mining sites. The park boasts the longest single-span covered bridge in the world. The Independence Trail is a very popular trail located within this park.

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Map of trails in South Yuba River State Park
Park information
Acreage:
11000 acres
Park hours
Monday
dawn - dusk
Tuesday
dawn - dusk
Wednesday
dawn - dusk
Thursday
dawn - dusk
Friday
dawn - dusk
Saturday
dawn - dusk
Sunday
dawn - dusk
Contact
530-432-2546
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Top trails (13)
#1 - Independence Trail West
South Yuba River State Park
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Length: 4.9 mi • Est. 2 h 16 m
Note: The downward ramp to river toward first quarter is out of commission. This trail is wheelchair friendly when properly maintained, but sometimes rocks or down trees make the path more difficult Show more
#2 - Buttermilk Bend Trail
South Yuba River State Park
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 1 h 4 m
Mostly flat with side trails down to the river. There is a $10 day use fee for this park.Show more
#3 - Point Defiance Trail
South Yuba River State Park
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Length: 2.6 mi • Est. 1 h 23 m
Beautiful Loop Trail with views of both the surrounding mountains and a River/Lake on the back side of the hill.Show more
#4 - Hoyt Trail
South Yuba River State Park
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Length: 1.6 mi • Est. 47 m
Out and back to a nice swimming area. This trail leads to swimming holes along the South Yuba River and historic Hoyt Crossing, a popular hangout for skinny-dippers and other river lovers in summer. Show more
#5 - South Yuba River: Edwards Crossing to Purdon Crossing
South Yuba River State Park
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 2 h 7 m
South Yuba River: Edwards Crossing to Purdon Crossing is a 4.2 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near North San Juan, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. TShow more
#6 - Jones Bar and West Trail Loop
South Yuba River State Park
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Length: 3.6 mi • Est. 1 h 49 m
Jones Bar and West Trail Loop is a 3.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Nevada City, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity Show more
#7 - Purdon Crossing
South Yuba River State Park
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Length: 3.5 mi • Est. 1 h 46 m
Note: Bridgeport Bridge area and parking remain closed during bridge construction projectShow more
#8 - Independence Trail East
South Yuba River State Park
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Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 1 h 54 m
As of February 2020, the trail is closed due to the bridge needing repairs. Please contact the park before attempting. For the first mile of this trail, there is a parallel paved portion that is wheelShow more
#9 - Missouri Bar Trail
South Yuba River State Park
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Length: 7.2 mi • Est. 4 h 46 m
Missouri Bar Trail is a 7.2 mile out and back trail located near Nevada City, California and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and mountain biking and is accessible year-rouShow more
#10 - Yuba Rim Trail
South Yuba River State Park
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Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 2 h 19 m
Opened officially to the public in the spring of 2015, this volunteer built Land Trust trail offers views of snow-capped peaks and the confluence of the Middle Yuba River and North Yuba River. From NShow more
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