Empire Mine State Historic Park/Bourn Cottage

The Empire Mine State Historic Park is the site of the oldest, richest, hardrock gold mine in California.

Daily Park Hours:

Jan – April 10 am – 5 pm daily.
May – August 9 am – 6 pm
September – December 10 am – 5 pm
Information (530) 273-8522

North Star Mine

North Star Power House and Pelton Wheel Mining Exhibit

At the North Star you will find displays of mining equipment and artifacts from the 1880’s awaiting visitors. On display is the largest Pelton Wheel ever constructed and used to generate power for mining operations. You will also see the largest operational Cornish pump.
The museum has a secluded picnic area; just walk across the bridge that crosses Wolf Creek and sit alongside this rushing creek where lunch can be enjoyed at picnic tables.

Mill Street & McCourtney Road
Grass Valley
(530) 273-4255

Nevada County Narrow Gauge Railroad & Transportation Museum

Nevada County’s newest museum is filled with railroad and transportation exhibits, including historic Engine No. 5.

5 Kidder Court at Bost Ave.
Nevada City
(530) 470-0902


Grass Valley Museum

Former convent, orphanage and school built in 1865, with memorabilia of early Grass Valley and Mount St. Mary’s Academy.

Corner of South Church and Chapel Streets
Grass Valley
(530) 273-5509

Firehouse No. 1 Museum

Relics of the Donner Party, Maidu Indian display, Chinese and Pioneer exhibits, and items of the Gold Rush era.

214 Main Street
Nevada City
(530) 265-5468


South Yuba River/Bridgeport

Eight miles northwest of Nevada City on Highway 49, the South Yuba River State Park is a major State Park in the making. The park will stretch more than 20 miles along the South Yuba River canyon from Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park to Bridgeport. The area includes the longest single-span covered bridge in the world; four miles of the steep, rugged canyon of the South Yuba River; and the Independence Trail, a wheelchair accessible trail. Visitors can enjoy swimming and hiking, wildflowers and historic sites. Docent-led history, nature and gold-panning tours are offered at selected times throughout the year.

10556 E. Empire Street
Grass Valley, CA 95945

Scotts Flat Lake

Five miles East of Nevada City off Hwy 20, the area is located at the 3000-foot elevation level of the Tahoe National Forest. Modern RV sites, restrooms and hot showers are available for guests. Ice and camping supplies are located nearby, as is a playground. Guests have access to a complete boating facility including a full service marina store, mooring, gas and oil. There is a picnic area with BBQ grills, tables, and swimming beach located on the grounds. Guests can relax in this truly four-season vacationland.

The park has 143 sites with a maximum length of 36 feet.

The Holbrooke Hotel

Located in downtown Grass Valley, this historic hotel gives a sense of history.  Antiques grace all twenty-eight rooms, each with private bath.

For information contact:
(530) 273-1353
(800) 933-7077