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Hangtown's Gold Bug Park

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Address: 2635 Gold Bug Ln, Placerville, CA 95667-4656
Phone Number: 15306425207
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

You'll step back in time when you enter Gold Bug Park! It'a a REAL mining...

You'll step back in time when you enter Gold Bug Park! It'a a REAL mining site from the Gold Rush days. Explore the park and then the mining museum. Find your riches in the gem panning trough. Be sure to visit our historic Stamp Mill and working Blacksmith Shop. Hattie's Gift Shop will be open for that special one-of-a-kind memento of your mining experience. Be sure to top off your visit with an audio tour of the Gold Bug Mine (see below; fee applies).

Our Hours:

April thru October: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM Daily

November thru March: 12:00 noon to 4:00 PM on Weekends Only

During your self-guided audio tour of the Gold Bug you'll hear a California Gold Rush miner tell about the tools he used to get at that elusive yellow metal - GOLD! As you enter the 352 foot drift of this hard rock mine, you will feel the cool air brush against your face.

Activity Suggestions:

Bring a picnic lunch. Take a relaxing hike suitable for all ages along our dog-friendly trails. Check out the gold rush museum and perhaps stumble upon a lively blacksmith or a "real" 49er to share stories of the good ol' days. Gold Bug Park promises to be a wonderful experience for you and your family. Outdoor Pavilion rental available for groups of up to 75 people - suitable for summer graduations, family picnics, weddings, reunions, and more.

For Schools: We offer educational and entertaining guided tours for both schools and private groups. Contact the park to bring your California history curriculum to life.

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A trip back in time

Self-guided tour of the mine was informative and easy to use. Highlights for us were the walking trails with trail guide, and a visit to the Stamp Mill (docent lead) and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Placerville, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Kind of fun to walk into a rock tunnel. It make you appreciate the amount of labor required to dig through rock. The people are friendly and the museum is nice but after an hour or so we were ready to go. Nice park to have a bagged lunch. Not much else to do.

Thank someyawhoo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Self-guided tour of the mine was informative and easy to use. Highlights for us were the walking trails with trail guide, and a visit to the Stamp Mill (docent lead) and Blacksmith Shop (awesome living history presentation by John the Blacksmith). Clean and comfortable picnic area, as well.

Thank Priscilla57326
Ladson, South Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We learned alot about gold mining that we didn't know. All the guides are volunteers & very knowledgeable. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

1 Thank crieder58
Fairfield, California, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went here on a Tuesday, so not crowded at all. Started at the self-guided mine tour of the Gold Bug mine, my 6 foot tall husband had to keep ducking to avoid banging his helmet (thank goodness we were all issued one) on the mine supports and the ceiling. There are lights in the mine, but it helped to have... More 

1 Thank Margaret W
Long Island, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The park is a quick drive from Placerville's Main Street, in a sunny forested area, where I saw 4 deer. I first went to the stamp mill where a volunteer explained its function and history. There is a blacksmith shop on site where the blacksmith demonstrates making a nail ring and will give the ring to youngsters watching. This is... More 

1 Thank Allison K
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

Fun place to visit especially for those who have kids. One of the few mines left that people can experience the gold rush era

Thank Samantha G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

Took our 5 year old great grandson there on a hot day and it was to refreshingly cool inside the mine

1 Thank JAN M
Los Angeles, California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2016

A definite stop if you are planning a gold rush tour. They offer you hard hats and access to a self-guided mine tour. Afterwards, you can picnic on the grounds and you MUST visit the stamp mill. Volunteers interact with visitors to bring history to life. The blacksmith offers interesting stories, as does the storyteller who has done years of... More 

2 Thank Marine Y
Dana Point, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2016

Really fun place to visit if your in the area. Wouldn't make a special drive out there. A small old working mine and a guy who tells stories of old bank robes

1 Thank lanie h
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2016

This was our third trip to Gold Bug Park we were here to take the Priest Mine Tour which is only offered once or twice a year. our starts out with a short hike up to the mine shaft and a 10 to 15 min. wait to take the tour. The tour guilds make the wait seem less by talking... More 

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