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Tucked away in scenic and historic Nevada County


South Yuba River State Park has a little something for everybody. The patchwork park boundaries form a “string of pearls” for 20 miles along the river, including four historic bridges, miles of hiking trails, and the nation´s only wheelchair-accessible wilderness trail, the Independence Trail. The river´s beauty and solitude has long inspired the dedication and stewardship of those who know it best.


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Come discover the many faces of the South Yuba River.


Wander through the history of the Bridgeport Covered Bridge, learn more about the wagons that traveled these parts, pan for gold, escape to a hidden swimming hole, roam trails along the river surrounded by wildflowers, and so much more.

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Save Our Bridge


Thanks to all of your emails, faxes, letters and phone calls over the past months, funding to restore and reopen the Bridgeport Covered Bridge is in the 2014-2015 California State budget. Stabilization began September 3, and the project to design, permit, and repair the bridge starts in 2015. We still need your support! Please continue to stay informed and involved in this project. Check this website frequently for updates and respond to future 'Action Alerts', as we may need to communicate our positions on issues during the restoration with State Representatives and DPR.


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Current Events

Bridgeport “Open House” Saturday March 5th 11am-1pm at Bridgeport


Volunteer Training

Friday March 11th- 5:30pm – 8:30pm

Saturday March 12th- 9am-1pm


Friday March 18th- 5:30pm-8:30pm

Saturday March 19th- 9am-1pm


Location: Empire Mine State Historic Park Docent Room


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Opening of the Gas Station for Interpretation to the Public


On Thursday, January 28th at 10:30am there will be a meeting at Bridgeport with State Park Interpretive Specialist Bill Lindeman and Marc Wetherbee to determine the final plans for opening the Bridgeport Pleasure Resort Gas Station to interpretation to the public – hopefully this spring!


Our plans are to have it opened on a daily basis like the Barn Viewing Corridor. We would especially like to see the volunteers who have worked on the Station in the past and volunteers who are interested in working on it in the future, whether it be interpretation or maintenance, attend this meeting as it may be the final meeting for input on changes and improvements of the interpretive aspects of the gas station.


We will also discuss the interpretive elements in giving talks/tours including existing literature.


The first 10 attendees get a gallon of gas for 19 cents!


Photo Credits: Robert Lowe (banner), Doug Moon, Steve Pauly