Perhaps the best-kept secret of the California state parks, Plumas-Eureka State Park is steeped in history and is rich with recreation opportunities and natural resources. Located five miles west of Graeagle on Johnsville Road (County Road A14), the 4,500-acre park is located at the foot of Eureka Peak (originally called Gold Mountain), which produced some $25 million in gold from hard-rock mining during the 1800s. The park features unmatched landscapes, a network of hiking trails leading to four lakes, and a 67-site campground along Jamison Creek underneath towering pines. Be sure to visit the park’s indoor-outdoor museum, which includes early gold mining equipment and relics, a complete blacksmith shop, a partially restored stamp mill and a restored miner’s home. Visitors can also peer inside the entrance to the Eureka Tunnel and see the old timbers. The park surrounds the historic former mining community of Johnsville. At an elevation of 4,720 to 7,447 feet, it spans a range of habitats and hosts an abundance of plant and animal life.
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Plumas-Eureka State Park
Youngsters will enjoy visiting the museum complex and staying in the campground at Plumas-Eureka State Park.
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Interpretive events such as campfire programs, nature walks and history and mining tours are offered during the summer season. Supervised gold panning is offered. Park docents in period attire re-create a miner’s lifestyle during Gold Discovery Days. Blacksmith demonstrations, mining lore and home tours help take visitors back to the 1890s. A pancake breakfast is also part of the fun. In the wintertime, the park is transformed into a winter paradise. Visitors can drive the well-cleared roads to enjoy the various cross-country ski loops, including the 2.5-mile groomed Jamison Canyon Ski Trail that starts or ends at the museum. Skiers can also follow the road until it ends at Plumas-Eureka Ski Bowl to access more backcountry skiing, snowshoeing and a popular sledding area. The historic ski bowl is near the site of the first recorded downhill ski races in North America. The Plumas Ski Club organizes the Historic Longboard Revival Series races at the bowl in January, February and March. Participants compete for the “world record” on 12- to 16-foot handmade wooden skis. Efforts are ongoing to replace the ski lift and open the Plumas-Eureka Ski Bowl as a family ski hill again. Ranger-led snowshoe nature hikes also are offered ➸ Join in the fun at during the winter on weekGold Discovery Days. ends. Call (530) 836-2380 to ➸ Take a docent-led verify museum hours. historic walk on old Museum admission is free, mining roads. but donations are accepted and appreciated. The park has ➸ Explore the museum’s hands-on exconsistently attracted a loyal hibits. following among its longtime campers and it has a strongly ➸ Learn about nacommitted volunteer corps. ture through junior The Plumas-Eureka State Park ranger programs and campfire talks. Association, which supports the park, relies heavily on do➸ Experience the nations for funding. zany fun at the longPark campground fees are board ski races in Jan., $35 per site and are now availFeb. and March. able by reservation. Call (800) ➸ Go sledding or 444-7275 or reserve online at backcountry skiing. www.reserveamerica.com. Reservations are recom➸ Look for black mended from Memorial Day bears, minks, mountain beavers, weekend through Labor Day goshawks, and bald weekend. eagles. For more information, call the park at (530) 836-2380 or More Info: visit www.parks.ca.gov or (530) 836-2380 www.plumas-eureka.org.
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