Dave Moore Nature Area

South Fork American River, Near Lotus, California

Dave Moore Nature Area does not offer reservations through Recreation.gov. Please take a look at the area details below for more information about visiting this location. Enjoy your visit!


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One of the main features of the BLM, Dave Moore Nature Area is a loop trail about a mile long which goes from the parking lot trail head to the South Fork American River and back again passing through several habitat types. Nestled in the heart of Gold Rush Country, the trail is lined with remnants from nearly 150 years ago when Chinese laborers channeled creek water by hand with pick and shovel for gold mining. Tailing piles from the Gold Rush period blanket the area which lend to the characteristic landscape that makes this area so unique.

What you need to know:


David Moore was born June 4, 1949 in Memphis, Tennessee and died August 13, 2001 in Calistoga, California.  He graduated from Calistoga High School in 1967.  After graduation, he entered the Navy and served for a term of four years, then attended Humboldt State University where he graduated in 1975.  For the next ten years, Moore was employed by the Bureau of Land Management as a Conservation Ranger.  He was stricken with multiple sclerosis at age 35 and forced to retire in 1987.
David Moore was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt, fish, whitewater raft, and golf. His disability brought to his co-workers such an awareness of the struggle faced by disabled persons that they developed a nature area along the South Fork of the American River near Coloma, California.
On June 4, 1994, National Trails Day and Moore's 46 birthday, the staff of the Mother Lode Field Office held a grand opening of the Nature Area, and dedicated it as the Dave Moore Nature Area.

Also VISIT: South Fork American River webpage

Other BLM Trailheads:
Cronan Ranch Trailhead
Magnolia Ranch Trailhead

Return To: BLM, Mother Lode Field Office

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