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Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park

23579 North Bloomfield Road

Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park is 26 miles northeast of Nevada City, California in the scenic foothills of the Sierra Nevada. The park was created in 1965 by concerned citizens to preserve the exciting and controversial story of our country’s largest hydraulic gold mining operation that devastated the area from the mid-1800s. Malakoff Diggins is the site of our country’s first environmental law issued by the federal government against the North Bloomfield Gravel Mining Company (Sawyer Decision) to curtail the release of the mud, gravel, and debris that clogged streams and major rivers from the foothills down to San Francisco Bay.

The dramatic hydraulic mining pit is an enduring testimony to the scale of reckless environmental and social impact that hydraulic mining caused throughout northern California. A 40-minute drive from picturesque Nevada City brings you to the ghost town of North Bloomfield. Here visitors and students can experience a unique window of life in a circa-1880’s gold mining community.

The park comprises approximately 3,200 acres of majestic pines, cedars and oaks between 2,500’ and 4,000’ elevation in the northern Sierra Nevada foothills region. Overnight visitors can choose between a shady, restful campsite in Chute Hill campground or a rustic “Miners Cabin.” The group campsite accommodates up to 60 people.

Approximately 20 miles of scenic trails range from very easy to strenuous and connect with the popular South Yuba River Trail. Overnight and day school programs are offered in the fall and spring. Popular events offer important recreational opportunities for nearby communities and the region: Discover Malakoff! series,  Humbug Day the second Saturday in June, and the Ice Cream Social in September.


Carlos Rodrigues

Sunday, May 27, 2018
Full of poison oak, parking lot full of prius's and campgrounds suck. The man has most of it closed as "archeological area" not worth going to but they still want full day use fees

Mariya Filippova

Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018
Very nice area, very peaceful and quite. Quite a bit of history of gold mining here! Sunset is the most beautiful time to see the views here.

Thomas Bornheim

Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Beautiful site. Explore the ghost town, walk through long, man made tunnels (bring flashlight), explore landscape shaped by hydraulic pumps and the quest for gold.

Frank Hamlin

Wednesday, March 14, 2018
A small view back into history. North Bloomfield was a hydraulic mining town and today the entire town is part of a state park. Humbug days is the big annual event and definitely worth experiencing, especially for kids.

P. Anthony McAnelly

Wednesday, June 14, 2017
This is like a lot of other Gold Rush state parks in California. Living history interpreters, gold panning from a trough, and the park service has done a nice job of restoring some of the original buildings. You can't go down to the creek and try your hand at actual gold panning in one of the sites of the largest hydraulic mines in California. There's an on-site Campground that's well tended as well as super campgrounds near by

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