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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
13 hours ago

hiking
9 days ago

15 days ago

Favorite swimming hole! Walk the entire loop for different creatures. We ran into a family of deer!

It depends what you're trying to do here. If you want a work out, this isn't the trail for you. Extremely flat but very pretty especially during the rainy season. The trail itself is very well maintained, but the bridge and the "Switchback" area I believe it is called need some major love. Lots of holes in the boards, not the most inviting

hiking
23 days ago

on Purdon Crossing

hiking
29 days ago

walking
29 days ago

Enjoyable, easy trail alongside the Yuba River. Lots opportunities to climb down to the river for a swim.

Great little hike. Beautiful views of Lake Engelbright and the canyon. There is a nice sandy beach at Defiance Point.

loved it. looks out at a beautiful valley. came early to watch the sunrise and it was amazing. interpretive signs are cool talking about the trees and the mines in the area. short little easy hike. brought our dog with us.