Empire Mine State Historic Park, Grass Valley

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  • The site of an old gold mine with many exhibits, this also is well situated in the midst of several trails walkable in half an hour or more. The grounds of the mine includes the house of a former mana...  more »
  • Low key and accessible. We had a nice walk in the woods and learned a bit about mining. We opted not to do the guided tour as our teens were not into a house tour. It was a nice hour or two.  more »
  • Went here when they opened at 10am. No tours until 1pm. CALL FIRST. We really wanted to do this tour.  more »
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  • My wife and I have toured many mines from Arizona to Nor Cal. We were pleasantly shocked how beautiful the grounds were, how gorgeous the cottage was constructed. Who knew so much innovation was accomplished at this site. We appreciate the effort put into the tours. Terrific way to spend half a day and learn about local Grass Valley history. Family friendly for young children.
  • Nice place to visit. Very interesting to see the old mine. The cottage area was peaceful to walk through. The gardens were described as more beautiful that they actually were. We were able to take it dogs on leash--they went everywhere on property which was really nice.
  • We didn't do the tour, which costs $7/person. We went hiking instead (in this case parking is free). The trail was kind of disappointing: lots of pine trees, had to cross major road (speed limit at least 50 mph), lots of private houses to pass by, electricity lines to walk under. I guess that's why this place is not really popular and always has parking available. Maybe if we picked a different trail, we would have a better experience.
  • It's an easy hike with only a couple difficult hills. Beautiful and smells awesome. At the end of the hike is a museum and machinery on display. Not crowded at all!
  • Great educational experience about the California gold Rush and mining in Grass Valley. Very knowledgeable and friendly volunteer tour guides. Beautiful grounds.

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