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Address: 14881 Pine Grove Volcano Rd, Pine Grove, CA 95665-9779
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+1 209-296-7488
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Mon - Fri 09:00 - 16:00
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This preserve's 136 acres include spots where Native Americans ground...

This preserve's 136 acres include spots where Native Americans ground acorns into the bedrock.

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We camped here for one night. It was a typical campground, with semi private plots. Coin showers and toilet block facilities were good. Had a small walk around the rock exhibits... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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Hong Kong, China
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Hong Kong, China
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674 reviews
342 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 465 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We camped here for one night. It was a typical campground, with semi private plots. Coin showers and toilet block facilities were good. Had a small walk around the rock exhibits which was interesting.

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Sacramento CA
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72 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A great small historical park to learn history of the native Americans. The park has a very good museum/interpretation center and outdoor reconstructed village. The center piece of the park is a large grinding rock with hundreds of round depressions in which acorns have been ground to make flour. There are drawings (fading rapidly) around the holes. The rock is... More 

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San Francisco, California
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705 reviews
172 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 183 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Interesting look at Miwok history and a sober reminder of how it ended up. I was unfamiliar with the grinding rock concept, but interested to see it. Small interpretive center has good info. There are supposed to be petroglyphs here but darned if we could find them.

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Santa Rosa, California
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124 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We've always somehow missed the Miwok history of the area, going instead to the old gold digging sites. This visit, we went to this very well developed site and museum. Easy 0.9mi loop and a very complete museum. Educational and certainly a 5 star site in the Amador County park system.

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Sebastopol, California
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237 reviews
81 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 April 2017

Museum has a huge amount of information. I'd start by a visit to the museum before I'd start the walk around the park. The old oaks and the setting of this site tells the story of why the grinding rocks are set here. Walk down the path from the grinding rock area to the Round House. You can take a... More 

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Arroyo Grande, California
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81 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 December 2016

Pay the California State Park day use fee, enjoy the largest grinding rock site in North America, enjoy the huts, and walk both trails. Spend 2 or 3 hours that you will enjoy and probably remember forever.

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Sunnyvale, California
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112 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 September 2016

While touring Hwy 49, we took a side trip to the small town of Volcano where you can find the Indian Grinding Rock State Park. Well worth it. Just amazing to see all the ground down holes and image each family having their own spot to work from year to year. The rocks among the giant oak trees are just... More 

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Pioneer, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 July 2016

It has a small campground. No hook ups. It has anise picnic area. It has a wonderful walking tour. It has a nice museum with knowledgeable docents.

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San Ramon, California
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43 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 July 2016

When our twin 9-year-old grandchildren visited us in Amador County, we added Indian Grinding Rock to our itinerary. We wanted to give them an experience of the first human inhabitants in the beautiful Sierras. They enjoyed the history, sights, and even the half mile hike we took around the site of the old village. We started by looking about the... More 

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Concord, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 June 2016

This park is very accessible with lots of parking. The Museum is very interesting and shows a wonderful amount of history of the local indigenous people. We also enjoyed a peaceful half hour hike around the perimeter of the park that highlighted the grinding stones and huts built just as the Indians had done in the past. Well worth a... More 

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