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Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park

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Came here on a beautiful fall day in the Sierra foothills. Set in a little open valley, with... read more

Reviewed November 4, 2018
Randy H
Carlsbad, California
Compact campground with nice tree coverage. Busy on weekends. Yellow Jackets!!

We came here on Friday and Saturday nights because Tajoe was sold out. It was a very nice place to... read more

Reviewed October 21, 2018
San Clemente, California
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This preserve's 136 acres include spots where Native Americans ground acorns into the bedrock.
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14881 Pine Grove Volcano Rd, Pine Grove, CA 95665-9779
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Reviewed November 4, 2018

Came here on a beautiful fall day in the Sierra foothills. Set in a little open valley, with meadows and giant valley oaks. Nice, short walking trails through the woods, great for kids! You could see why the Miwoks would choose to have a village...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Randy H
Reviewed October 21, 2018

We came here on Friday and Saturday nights because Tajoe was sold out. It was a very nice place to stay. Seems to be popular with families from Sacramento on the weekends as we were surrounded by kids. The toilet/shower facilities were nice and cleaned...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank BruceSteph
Reviewed August 6, 2018

If you're traveling to Amador County, you must see Indian Grinding Rock. This is a Historic Park. The site was a settlement where the Miwok Indians created 1,185 bedrock mortars. This site was used continually for thousands of years.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank gerbault
Reviewed July 30, 2018

I first took my family here more than 10 years ago and recently, 06/2018, went there again. It is good to read about the place before you get there, since there is no guided tours. Plenty of parking and a very quite park to stop...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank Ilya D
Reviewed April 16, 2018

This is a quiet park, dedicated to the first settlers and local tribes. There is a large number of petroglyphs although most are hard to find or see. There are a number of native buildings, mostly as demonstration projects and a small museum with excellent...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Gabriel H
Reviewed February 21, 2018

Amazing place to see ancient Native American grinding holes. I like the lodge of poles, I highly recommend traveling to see this Historic place. It is very hot in Summer though!

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank Kirk M
Reviewed September 25, 2017 via mobile

$8 parking fee. About an hr to read through the well curated museum about Miwok historical way of life.Touchable exhibits. Outdoor reconstructed bark houses & granary. Labeled garden near restroom. Viewing platform of mortar holes used for hundreds of years by natives & petroglyphs. "Big...More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Robbinsnest81
Reviewed August 14, 2017

This was not our first visit to Indian Grinding Rock but our most memorable. We camped here for two days to watch the Perseid meteor showers. WOW! What a show! We selected site #10 adjacent to the open meadow. The campground has only 23 sites...More

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank Maryann L
Reviewed July 28, 2017

Happened upon this old indian historical site. When we arrived we were the only visitors there, a bonus for us. The park guide, Jeffery, was able to walk us around the site and explain what had happened and was still happening there. He has been...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank john b
Reviewed July 3, 2017

My wife and I have purchased the California State Park Explorer Day-use pass ($195.00 for a year's worth of entry to most California State Parks and Beaches). Though Native Californians most of our travel has been outside California and, for that matter, outside of the...More

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank Dennis C
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May 24, 2018|
Response from Kirk M | Reviewed this property |
I am sorry I was just passing through so I did not look into camping spots.
May 2, 2018|
Response from Kirk M | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, I did not see any creek. We literally just looked at the grinding Mortars and Indian lodge.