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South Yuba River State Park

Penn Valley, CA
+1 916-432-2546
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Beautiful River

Beautiful drive to get to the River! What a great day! My friend and I just sat on the rocks... read more

Reviewed 2 July 2017
A perfect spring flower get-away for the Sacramento area!

Excellent hiking trails, a LOT of wildflowers this spring, and a place to come back to this summer... read more

Reviewed 24 April 2017
Roseville, California
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This park runs more than 20 miles along the South Yuba River canyon from Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park to Bridgeport. Visitors can enjoy swimming and hiking, wildflowers and historic sites.
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  • Average2%
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Penn Valley, CA
+1 916-432-2546
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Reviewed 2 July 2017

Beautiful drive to get to the River! What a great day! My friend and I just sat on the rocks, feet in the river.. felt so dang good!

Thank tuesdayjewel
Reviewed 24 April 2017

Excellent hiking trails, a LOT of wildflowers this spring, and a place to come back to this summer to try gold-panning! Important: The Point Defiance trail has some tricky spots (trail erosion along some steeper slopes) that require excellent hiking skills. Not recommended for young...More

Thank calyptephile
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

I love this river and area. You get a little but of nature's best, a beautiful river, mossy fern hikes, gorgeous trees, an iconic covered bridge! It is such a wonderful place to just soak it all in and relax. The Buttermilk Bend and Independence...More

1  Thank kelly b
Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

We have been going to Grass Valley, on to Nevada City to the South Fork of the Yuba River since I was 17. I have taught all my children how to swim there. I used to camp in a sand bar a half mile from...More

4  Thank David E
Reviewed 7 September 2016

If you really want to see the water you have to park off the road and hike down the walls of the river to get all the way down. Not a lot of water so not worth risking my life for it.

Thank Tourist894
Reviewed 7 September 2016

Cool clean water! Great to cool off on a hot day. Easy to get to the river (although you might have to wade across it to get a spot to sit).

Thank Linda G
Reviewed 15 August 2016

Fantastic swimming holes abound off the trails at the 49er bridge- a hike to Hoyt's Crossing will get you to a nude beach area along the open rocks of the river. A short drive to Bridgeport and you will see the longest covered Bridge in...More

Thank David T
Reviewed 5 August 2016 via mobile

5 couples went for the day to play in the river and had a blast! It was so fun and relaxing, but the hike down isn't very easy for people who can't walk well.

Thank Geoff R
Reviewed 28 July 2016

Tons of people on the weekend! Wear your water booties to hike the river up and down both ways! great fun!

Thank ctagert
Reviewed 24 July 2016 via mobile

It was great nice drive from Sacramento and the water was very clean with great swimming holes. The water is also child friendly with several sand beaches and shallow areas.

Thank Thew H
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20 April 2016|
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Response from sydnied2015 |
I actually think you talking about Mother's Beach at Purdon's Crossing. Google Purdon's crossing for direction. Park in the dirt lot to the right at the bottom of the hill and then hike up about half a mile to Mother's... More
Sarah H
5 April 2015|
Response from craulston | Reviewed this property |
From the Bay area take Hwy 80 into Sacramento and exit onto hwy 99 Yuba City/Marysville; Hwy 70 to Marysville will split off in a few miles; follow 70 into Marysville then follow the signs to hwy. 20 and Grass Valley. In... More