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Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park

North Bloomfield Road, Nevada City, CA 95959
530-265-2740
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86%
Ranked #3 of 11 Attractions in Nevada City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks, Mines, Outdoors
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Type: State Parks, Mines, Outdoors
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schornre@sbcglogal.net
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

cool place for history about the gold rush era and how towns sprang up and were left for other repurposes

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Nevada City, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

The trail through the lower part of the diggins is amazing--beautiful botany, surrounded by surrealistic rock formations formed by blasting the hillsides with gigantic water cannons (monitors) over 100 years ago. The nearby town of North Bloomfield, a few miles further, is nicely preserved, but attractions are only open sometimes---check ahead!

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Northern CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Amazing place - beautiful and chock full of history. Worth a day to see what the placer mining was all about here in the region.

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Sacramento, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

We would have enjoyed this place a lot more if the museum hadn't been closed. We found ourselves in the middle of a poorly marked park with no map. Also, we used our GPS to reach the park, big mistake. Do NOT take Bloomfield road, as road conditions are downright scary. We plan to return in summer via Route 49... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

We drove from Beale AFB in Marysville to Malakoff Diggins State Park. Our GPS put us on 20 to Coyote Rd to N Bloomfield Rd. The road started out paved and marked, then just paved, then over a one lane bridge onto a gravel road, followed by a dirt road. It was miles and miles of switchbacks, bends, and turns... More 

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Hercules
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

This is a beautiful area filled with much history. There are still the original buildings (church, school, bar, homes, pharmacy, livery stable, etc.) and a cemetery. The "diggins" are spectacular.

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Cornelius
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We really enjoyed the tour given by one of the volunteers. She took us through each of the buildings and explained the history behind it. The tour took about an hour to walk main street and see all the buildings. History buffs will love this place. It is a shame that there isn't enough money in the state to take... More 

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

There are multiple trails in the area, which are accessible from the overlooks. You can also get a view from the campground on the east side of the park. Pick up a map and pay the park fee at the museum in North Bloomfield. The ranger there can provide recommendations based on you time-frame and desired level of hiking. The... More 

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Vacaville, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

It got too hot to do any hiking, the small lake at the end of town was nice to picnic. You need to go there when it is cooloer

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Dublin, California, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

Super idyllic and well maintained little park. The townsite of Bloomfield is beautiful and will worth a day trip. The hikes around the mine are fantastic. The service around the place is sorely lacking. The museum/visitor center was supposed to be opened at 10am and was still closed when we got there on a weekend at 11:30am. The reservation website... More 

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