South Yuba Trail and Campground
South Yuba Campground is now OPEN
South Yuba Wild & Scenic River Recreation Area and National Trail Map (pdf 2.6 mb)
This fifteen (15) mile trail carries hikers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders through historic foothill river canyons. Expect to see evidence of California's rich goldrush history - you're in Gold Country now! The 19th century argonauts left plenty of evidence of hydraulic mining. You can check it out at neighboring Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park.
- Purdon Crossing - NO over night camping. Over night parking OK. Approximately 1 mile from Purdon Crossing to China Dam is a high-density recreation area - DAY USE ONLY.
- Pack it In – Pack it Out and pack a little extra if you can. Help us keep your Public Lands clean and safe. Leave No Trace.
When to go: April through October 15th
From Nevada City: Follow Highway 49 to North Bloomfield Road and travel ten (10) miles to South Yuba Recreation Lands. From the one lane bridge at Edwards Crossing it is approximately 1 1/2 miles on a dirt/gravel road to the campground. Please note that the bridge at Edward Crossing has a 4 ton limit. RV's, trailers and vehicles over 4 tons not recommended.
For RV's/Trailers/Vehicles over 4 tons: Recommended Route - Follow Highway 49 to Tyler Foote Crossing. Turn right onto Grizzly Hill Road to the intersection with North Bloomfield Road and make a left turn. Proceed through a small residential area and make a right hand turn into the campground.
16 campsites for tents or RV's
Pit toilets (wheelchair bound person will require assistance)
Fee: $5.00 per night, fourteen (14) day camp limit within a 90 day period.
Reservations: none required, first come first serve basis
South Yuba River
Comprehensive Management Plan
Please Note: Until further notice, dredging permits will NOT be issued this season due to a mercury study by the BLM on the South Yuba River. For further information, please contact the BLM Mother Lode Field Office @ 916-941-3101.