Explore the most popular hiking trails in South Yuba River State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
20 hours ago

Nice & easy hike. Definitely a great scenery as hike along the river. Nude beach at the end.

Anyone been there recently? Wondering how water is currently. Speed of water safe for kids?

Walk across a cool bridge, then down hill to the river. Cool swimming ponds.

pretty trail following the river. Wildflowers are beautiful and are labelled along the way
Nice walk!!

Great trail. Took the whole family including my 4yr old. Go to the right if you want to knock out the hills early or left if you want to do the hills at the end.

Gorgeous. We recorded 3.5 miles on this trail.

walking
6 days ago

Great view of the river, and especially nice when the wildflowers are blooming in the spring and the river runs turquoise.

hiking
6 days ago

I wish the boardwalk down to Rush Creek was usable. The newts were fun to watch there. This is still an easy, fun trail for the whole range of ages as it is wide and level with the added interest of the flumes. Wildflowers abound.

hiking
7 days ago

Be sure to check yourself and pets, lots of ticks.

Nice trail, great views of river, wild flowers beginning to bloom. Take the left entrance to the trail across from the State Parks kiosk. Once you get to the lake, if you continue on the loop, you’ll follow the road up a significantly steep grade, then down some switchbacks to the kiosk. Nice lunch spot at the lake. The meadows at the top of the road were worth the steep climb up the road. All in all a great little hike.

nature trips
24 days ago

It’s especially pretty in spring but it is also busy! Easy and fun for kids. There is a spot to stop and play in the stream that is safe and lots of critters in it for kids to check out.

nice trail.. less people than trail by the parking lot..but i would chose the otger trail..butter. than this one just for the views.. but from here you do great view of the old covered bridge..

walking
29 days ago

very nice wide trail. easy walk.. excellent views of river.. wild flowers lots of butterflies.. dog friendly.. nice waterfall surprise. 5 dollars to park

Great hike. Loved the three different "climates". Especially liked the covered bridge & oak grove. Dogs did good. Parking lot was full when we left around noon. Glad we got there early (10am).

backpacking
1 month ago

I would like to backpack this trail. I am looking for some pointers as far as where the trailhead is for this 20 mile trail and where we would be allowed to camp? Can anyone help me out?

Loved this, very easy trail and super pretty. The bridges and the falls are soooo perfect. I would go back, for sure!!!

walking
1 month ago

Beautiful! Easy access.

Great hike and well marked. Will be back with the pups! If you’re looking for more a quieter hike, this is it! Had the trail all to myself!

We love this trail it is such a friendly and nature loaded environment. I hope they decide to rebuild the bridge down to the river in the future. That would be an amazing experience in the summer for my kiddos and dog

This trail is such great and scenic. It is not strenuous or difficult. I have gone a few times now and those with whom I have trailed range in age from 13 to 45 and one was 5 months pregnant. We took our dogs, on leashes, and enjoyed a great walk. other visitors we passed were all friendly and leashed their dogs as well. The trail is clean and the bridges are well maintained. The one bridge down to the water (approx a 30 minite walk in) looks like it is in the process of being surveyed for repairs and we're looking forward to visiting once it is secured to go down to the water. There are 2 toilets at the beginning of the hike. parking is easy, provided people are courteous and park perpendicular to hwy 48 rather than paralell.
Take water and snacks and a camera!

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.

backpacking
2 months ago

I’ve done this trail a bunch! Mostly between July and September.
The primitive camp ground is great and it has fairly easy access to water. Lots of boulders and areas close to the campground to explore. The trail isn’t bad going in or out.
There have been lots of trail improvements over the past several years and I think more people are getting up to enjoy what this area has to offer!

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!

hiking
2 months 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.

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