Malakoff Diggins State Park RV & Campground Guide

California

Relive the excitement and hard work of the California Gold Rush at Malakoff Diggins State Park. Set high in the rugged foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, this park is 75 miles from Sacramento, California, and 90 miles from Reno, Nevada. At the visitors center, discover how the historic hydraulic gold mine shaped the orange and white cliffs; then, head out into the hills to explore the chaparral forest on the park's 20-mile network of hiking trails. With its high elevation, this area offers pleasant, hiker-friendly temperatures year-round. Be sure to dress in layers as the weather can change throughout the day.

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Weather
Spring 42-72 F
Summer 60-88 F
Fall 45-72 F
Winter 40-56 F
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Nearby Cities
Sacramento, CA
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Malakoff Diggins State Park

Whether you're visiting Malakoff Diggins State Park for the history or the hiking, an RV is a comfortable way to travel. It offers a cozy escape from the summer sun and the cool winter winds. If you don't own an RV, an RV rental is a great way to find out how a motorhome upgrades the camping experience. Choose the perfect size for your crew, and elevate your trip by finding a model with luxury amenities.

Chute Hill Campground

Located inside Malakoff Diggins State Park, Chute Hill enables you to get on the trail early. Clean and quiet, this spot is perfect for relaxing. Spend your days hiking around the park, and wake up to spectacular views of the towering cliffs. With its shaded sites, Chute Hill is particularly comfortable in the summer. This spot is best suited for smaller RVs; sites accommodate models up to 24 feet long. Each site comes with a bear locker to keep food, beverages, and toiletries safe. This is a primitive campground that offers drinking water and fire rings but no hookups. Sites start at $35 per night.

South Yuba Campground

If you're looking for a budget-friendly camping option near Malakoff Diggins State Park, check out the South Yuba Campground. This BLM-run spot offers six RV-friendly sites, each starting at just $5 per night. You won't find hookups or a dump station, but the campground makes up for it with unparalleled wilderness access. The South Yuba Trail takes you through the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, offering gorgeous canyon and river views. Explore the trail on foot, by bike or on horseback. Bring your fishing gear and license or simply enjoy the wild scenery on the South Yuba River. Each site comes with a picnic table and a fire ring; within the campground, you'll find pit toilets and drinking water. This campground is first-come, first-served, so it's a good idea to arrive early in the day. If you're driving an RV, be sure to check the website for driving directions.

River Rest Resort

For full hookups and other RV amenities near Malakoff Diggins State Park, the River Rest Resort is the closest option. This friendly resort offers both tent and RV camping sites. It's a great option for families; nearby, you can go tubing on the river and rent ATVs in the foothills. Within the park, you'll find a playground, tetherball courts, and horseshoe pits. Enjoy a hot shower in the beautifully kept bathroom or go for a swim at the campground's riverside beach. All RV sites offer full hookups, so you can enjoy a comfortable home away from home. Wake up to views of the Yuba River in one of the waterfront areas, or choose from pull-through and back-in spots to fit your big rig. RV sites start at $53 per night.

Scotts Flat Lake Campground

Sleep next to a sparkling mountain lake at Scotts Flat Lake Campground. Bring your boat and your tackle box because this calm lake is a popular spot for swimming, fishing, and water sports. Although the campground doesn't offer hookups, it does offer a dump station, a filling station, and bathrooms with flush toilets. Reserve early to get one of the premium RV sites along the water. RV spots start at $40 per night. Be sure to reserve well in advance, particularly during the summer months. From October through December, campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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What to Do at
Malakoff Diggins State Park

Inside Malakoff Diggins State Park

Inside Malakoff Diggins State Park, be sure to check out the visitor center and museum to learn about the area's Gold Rush history. Be aware that the hours change frequently, so it's a good idea to call in advance. Then, head into the hills on the park's hiking trails; keep an eye out for sluice channels and other artifacts left over from the gold miners.

Outside Malakoff Diggins State Park

Given its remote location, there are no restaurants or shops close to the park. The nearest options are in Nevada City about 40 minutes away. You'll also find some fun family activities in the area.

Restaurants

Northridge Restaurant

With its cabin-style interior decor, Northridge is a fun and relaxing dinner option. With menu items ranging from burgers to seafood and pizza, there's something for the whole family.

Type: American, pizza

Location: 773 Nevada St., Nevada City, CA 95959

Lefty's Grill

Enjoy classic American favorites at this friendly restaurant; the best seats in the house are on the outdoor creek-side patio.

Type: American

Location: 101 Broad St., Nevada City, CA 95959

Crazy Horse Saloon and Grill

Sip a cocktail and fill up on classic pub fare at Crazy Horse, which offers live music on the weekends.

Type: Pub food

Location: 230 Commercial St., Nevada City, CA 95959

Ike's Quarter Cafe

Transport yourself to Louisiana at Ike's, which serves delicious, hearty Cajun food. This spot specializes in local and organic ingredients.

Type: Cajun, Creole

Location: 401 Commercial St., Nevada City, CA 95959

Friar Tuck's Restaurant & Bar

Friar Tuck's is the perfect place for a big meal after a day of hiking. Try the fondue or fill up on a classic steak. Check the schedule for live entertainment.

Type: Steakhouse, seafood, fondue

Location: 111 N Pine St., Nevada City, CA 95959

Shopping

Nevada City Crystal & Glass

Pick up a handmade crystal souvenir at this small shop.

Location: 110 N Pine St., Nevada City, CA 95959

Gray Goose

Bring the whole family and spend an hour at this fascinating gift shop, which carries a huge range of souvenirs and home decor pieces.

Location: 230 Broad St., Nevada City, CA 95959

Earth Store

This shop offers everything from clothing to children's books, all in a beautifully curated space.

Location: 310 Broad St., Nevada City, CA 95959

Sightseeing

Scotchman Creek Falls

Splash in the river or brave the natural slides at this popular waterfall, which is best suited to adults.

Loney Meadow Interpretive Trail

Hike through wildflower-laden meadows at this family-friendly spot.

Scotts Flat Lake

Swim, fish and paddle the sparkling-blue waters high in the hills.

Independence Trail

This well-maintained trail runs through the forest near Nevada City; it's the first wheelchair-accessible wilderness route in the United States.

Rebel Ridge Trail

Hike or mountain bike on this challenging 1.6-mile trail.

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How to Get to
Malakoff Diggins State Park

When you're in an RV, the easiest way to get to Malakoff Diggins State Park is from Nevada City. The park staff members do not recommend using your GPS, which might bring you down dirt roads that can be tough to navigate in an RV. Instead, take Highway 49 north; after 11 miles, turn right on Tyler Foote Road. Turn right on Derbec Road and then right on North Bloomfield. This route is paved.

Entering Malakoff Diggins State Park

Malakoff Diggins State Park is open every day of the year. There are no set hours; the park opens at sunrise and closes at sunset.

Per Vehicle : $5

Off-season

Per vehicle : $10

Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day

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