This private docent-led tour, on the actual turnpike which still has some of its original stacked-rock walls, will include a brief history of the families that helped make this one of the busiest and most important routes into the Gold Fields. The slow, half mile drive will begin at the Kneebone Family Cemetery on old Pleasant Valley Road, then continue past the historic barn and buildings, and to the South Entrance of the Covered Bridge (but not on the treasured bridge). There, individuals and their vehicles will have ample time for picture taking.


This tour is given to groups of 5 or more. Tours must be scheduled in advance for times other than Saturday or Sunday afternoons. The cost will be $5.00 per vehicle and will require a $25.00 non-refundable deposit. To schedule a tour or obtain more information, please contact:


The Visitor Center South Yuba River State Park: (530) 432-2546.


Location of SYRSP west of Nevada City and Grass Valley

(area shown is about 15 miles across)


Park Map

Highlights of the Tour


• Opportunity to actually drive on the historic Virginia Turnpike


• Docent-led to include history of the area and families who lived at Bridgeport


• Unique opportunity for taking pictures of your car at the Covered Bridge


• Personal attention on a date coordinated by your party and Park Docents

Example of the photo opportunity at the south entrance to the covered bridge:

Lake View

Model A Ford and SYRSP Covered Bridge

Photo Opportunity

Wood's Bridge View

Same picture, cropped in to car and owner

Photo Credits: Herb Lindberg