South Yuba Recreation Area

Bureau of Land Management, California.

Pitch-In! Please do your part to keep our public lands clean and safe. Pack-it-In and Pack-it-Out. Please RECREATE RESPONSIBLY

The South Yuba Campground is CLOSED for the season.

Anticipated opening is third week in April.

Remember your OUTDOOR ETHICS when enjoying your public lands.


The South Yuba Wild & Scenic River Recreation Area and National Trail is located approximately 10 miles northeast of Nevada City, California. The Recreation Area is administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM); U.S. Forest Service (USFS); and California Department of Parks and Recreation (State Parks/DPR). This 15 mile trail is open to hiking, horseback riding, trail running and mountain biking. The trail is closed to motorized vehicles. The South Yuba Trail takes hikers, mountain bikers, and horseback riders through historic foothill river canyons. Expect to see evidence of California's rich gold rush history.

Bear encounters are always a possibility at the South Yuba River.

There are bear lockers for food storage at each campsite within the South Yuba Campground. No bear proof trashcans on-site, so please pitch-in and pack-it-out. BE BEAR AWARE.

Trail Update:

Unstable trail and landslides between Purdon and Edward Crossings along the South Yuba Trail. Approximately 1 and 1/2 mile in from Edward Crossing trail head. Use caution when hiking along trail. The South Yuba Wild & Scenic River is approximately one mile from the campground.

Need a Map?

South Yuba Recreation Area & Trail Map
South Yuba Campground Site Map



Helpful Links:

Be Bear Aware
Keep Me Wild: Mountain Lion (CDFW webpage)
Dreamflows Home Page (River flow info courtesy of Chris Shackleton, Sacramento, CA)

Return To: BLM, Mother Lode Field Office

Recreation Passes: America the Beautiful — National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass

Nearby Activities


From Nevada City: Follow Highway 49 to North Bloomfield Road and travel ten (10) miles to South Yuba Recreation Lands. From the one lane bridge at Edwards Crossing it is approximately 1 1/2 miles on a dirt/gravel road to the campground.

PLEASE NOTE: the bridge at Edward Crossing has a 4 ton limit. RV's, trailers and vehicles over 4 tons not recommended.
For RV's/Trailers/Vehicles over 4 tons: Recommended Route - Follow Highway 49 to Tyler Foote Crossing. Turn right onto Grizzly Hill Road to the intersection with North Bloomfield Road and make a left turn. Proceed through a small residential area and make a right hand turn into the campground.

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