South Yuba River State Park, Penn Valley

#291 of 610 in Nature in California
South Yuba River State Park is located along the South Fork of the Yuba River in the Sierra Nevada, within Nevada County, in Northern California.
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  • On a hot day this is the place to go. We arrived before the crowds, found a good swimming hole, and enjoyed floating in the warm water for a couple hours. Parking is now $10. Clean outhouse.  more »
  • A beautiful place to stop and stretch your legs - beautiful views from the bridge and access to the rapids if you're up for the hike.  more »
  • Great place to go to the river. The water is clean and clear. You can see the bottom! Shallow enough in spots for smaller kids and deep enough in others for swimming and kayaking. I can't wait to see the covered bridge when its restored. Definitely a place worth checking out.
  • This place never ceases to amaze me. Beautiful refreshingly cool crystal clear water. On a very hot Saturday that promises to be extremely busy if you get there at 7 a.m. you can still get VIP parking 50 ft from the stairs. Has become extremely popular but still always space for everyone. Lots of Rapids to play in and bubbling Falls. Small children splashing. Smooth rocks to sunbathe on. There are several places popular for jumping from the Rocks into deep water. Make sure you swim test depth before you jump. And of course I must mention just to the north of the bridge is the entrance to an amazing hiking trail friendly to all hiking skill levels providing access to unlimited number of opportunities to play in the water with more privacy/ fewer people nearby. I love this place and strongly recommend!

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