Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park, Nevada City
(4.6/5 based on 60+ reviews on the web)
Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park is a state park unit preserving the largest hydraulic mining site in California, United States. The mine pit and several Gold Rush-era buildings were listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Malakoff Diggins-North Bloomfield Historic District. The "canyon" is 7000ft long, as much as 3000ft wide, and nearly 600ft deep in places. Visitors can see huge cliffs carved by mighty streams of water, results of the mining technique of washing away entire mountains of gravel to wash out the gold. The park is a 26mi drive north-east of Nevada City, California, in the Gold Rush country. The 3143acre park was established in 1965.HistoryWhile beautiful in its own way, the Malakoff mine pit on the San Juan Ridge is a testimony to the avarice that was part of the California gold rush, and to one of the nation's first environmental protection measures. In 1850 there was little gold left in streams. Miners began to discover gold in old riverbeds and on mountainsides high above the streams. In 1851 three miners headed northeast of what is now Nevada City for a less crowded area to prospect. One miner went back to town with a pocket full of gold nuggets for supplies and was followed back by many prospectors. These followers, however, did not find any gold and declared the area "Humbug", thus the stream was so named "Humbug Creek". Around 1852, settlers began to arrive in the area and the town of "Humbug" sprang up. These miners could not decide how to move the dirt to a place where there was water.
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  • We did the 10.5 mile loop by connecting 4 trails together. It was strenuous but worth it. You could actually do less miles for a more leisurely stroll. It was beautiful hike. I drove the shorter route...  more »
  • Malakoff Diggins is challenging to get to. I wish we'd read the web site first - we took the North Bloomfield Road (dirt road) in. It's seven miles long. Trust me - look on the web site first for dire...  more »
  • Malakoff is a perfect fall day trip when the area weather has cooled down. The area was settled by miners and was a company town for goldmining until it was deemed a natural/ecological disaster to the...  more »
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  • Had a great time camping on the Yuba River just below Malakoff Diggings State Park. Unfortunately while we were at the river some lowlife tried to pry open the door of my truck, broke the door handle and cut the battery cables and stole my battery. Big Time Kudos to the staff at Malakoff Diggings for the way they responded to our problem. They bent over backwards to hep us out. Great folks at Malakoff.
  • Very cool place to visit and get a nostalgic look at life in a turn of the 20th century mining town. Great photo ops here!
  • I was pleasantly surprised at the rich history of hydraulic mining that destroyed the Sierra foothills in the late 1800's. The park is a fabulous place to spend the day. The rangers & employees are very cordial & share their knowledge readily. Visit the museum, it's really a good one plus enjoy an 18 minute DVD on the history of the area. Enjoy!
  • Beautiful state park with stunning views and a rich history. I definitely recommend heading on some hikes of the area!
  • Loved the cabins!!! What a great deal and history lesson! A true gem!