Looking for a great trail in South Yuba River State Park, California? AllTrails has 13 great hiking trails, views trails, walking 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 19.8 miles and from 1,246 to 4,980 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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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.

hiking
bugs
washed out
3 days ago

This is one of my favorite hikes in the area. Beware we came back with dog and deer ticks on ourselves and the dogs. The creek at the waterfall is high and hard to get through.

walking
3 days ago

This is my go-to hike, it’s super mellow and has a great payoff with a lovely rock beach at the end.

This is a very easy hike for novice hikers and families. It's flat. After less than a mile you'll reach the waterfall. The trail continues for another mile and a half, but just abruptly ends at a logging road. There's not much to see except for the waterfall. there are no garbage cans (which is normal for trails) so please be sure to pick up your trash.

Nice loop trail. Well marked. Only saw people near the Covered Bridge at the end of hike. Great views of lake and river. $5 parking. Worth it for sure.

River is a beautiful color of blue, we had a great time!

horseback riding
6 days ago

Does anyone know where could we park our horse trailer to access the trail? It says it allows horses, but trailer parking is not specified.
Thanks!

hiking
12 days ago

Very cool and absolutely stunning views of the south yuba river amongst wild flowers. Absolutely loved the trail getting there. So much to see and take it. $5 parking

hiking
12 days ago

This hike was pretty amazing. The views were absolutely stunning especially with all the wild flowers growing everywhere. Will definitely come back to this. Parking is $5

Beautiful day and hike. The wildflowers are just starting to bloom. Love the plant labels and am happy to pay the $5 parking fee to support the maintenance of the trails.

hiking
rocky
12 days ago

Beautiful trail above the Yuba River with some wildflowers. I measured the loop at a little under 4 miles. I will also say that for us over 55 people, the trail is a bit more to the moderate scale due to the significant incline for 1/4 of the hike. In any event it is worth your time!

waterfall was amazing l.

Great hike, loved the views from bridge

hiking
private property
18 days ago

This was a nice flat trail along the river. I observed people strolling, jogging, and walking their dogs (though there were many signs prohibiting dogs).

In order to get to the river you must go off-trail though there are a few side trails which take you to the river.

I gave 4 stars because getting to this trail was quite the slow ride due to the primitive roads. The roads started out with many steep turns but it was paved. After traveling for a few miles, the road was gravel. About a half mile later it degraded to a pothole infested dirt road. I found myself driving 10 mph to avoid the potholes and jutting rocks.

Quite honestly, there are many other trails along the river which are just as nice and much easier to access.

Another interesting feature was most of the trail I was on went through private land. I was reluctant to hike too far in because of this.

The views by the river were breathtaking and from what I observed, the trails were not crowded.

Oh, one last thing, beware nude sunbathers. I unintentionally spied 3!

hiking
20 days ago

Just hiked this with our family today (30 March) Pretty nice trail. Some narrow and rocky spots. Some erosion from the recent rains.

on South Yuba Trail

hiking
21 days ago

awesome day 1, 11 miles

hiking
muddy
25 days ago

My only confusion about this trail is that my gps said that I walked 6 miles. Maybe the stats on the app need to be updated. It’s definitely not 4.3. Also both times I’ve walked this trail, I’ve never seen so many ticks on my dog! Make sure you take the time to shower after. Major tick central.

Gorgeous Trail would highly recommend

The Jones Bar portion of the trail is mostly a fire road, with great views. The trail is not well marked though. The Independence portion of the trail is gorgeous!
I’ll be back!

The Jones Bar portion of the trail is mostly a fire road, with great views. The trail is not well marked though. The Independence portion of the trail is gorgeous!
I’ll be back!

The Jones Bar portion of the trail is mostly a fire road, with great views. The trail is not well marked though. The Independence portion of the trail is gorgeous!
I’ll be back!

The Jones Bar portion of the trail is mostly a fire road, with great views. The trail is not well marked though. The Independence portion of the trail is gorgeous!
I’ll be back!

hiking
muddy
snow
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

this trail is much longer then what you see. I had to turn back because I didn't want to cross the waterfall since I was hiking alone but I still enjoyed some great views and you can get right down to the river as well as enjoy a great overview. I'll definitely be back to finish getting to the other bridge.

hiking
2 months ago

I LOVE this trail. It’s very easy and extremely beautiful, especially in April- hello poppies and lupine.

Only thing bad is the ticks . Going without your dog is the best idea.

9 am hike and the trail was empty, shaded and chilly till you warmed up. Everything is lush and green this time of year! There were only two spots that look like they had been recently washed out, but repaired pretty well. Definitely want to go back and make it all the way to Purdon next time.

hiking
closed
over grown
2 months ago

The trail is ‘temporarily’ closed since there are a few trees down but otherwise it is a lovely level stroll along the old Miner’s ditch. Shaded on a winter afternoon with lovely glimpses down to the South Yuba River and across the valley. Peaceful and good trail to take a picnic!

hiking
bridge out
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

A beautiful, easy hike on the North side of the river. Amazing views.

Loved this one! We looped with the Jones Bar trail and it was a blast. Not very kid friendly over on the Jones bar part because of steep terrain but still a good trail to hike.

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