Perhaps the best kept secret within the California State Park System, Plumas-Eureka State Park is steeped in history and is rich with recreation and natural resources. Just five miles from Graeagle on Johnsville Road (County Road A-14), the 4,500-acre park is located at the foot of Eureka Peak, (originally called Gold Mountain) which produced some $25 million in gold from hard-rock mining during the late 1800s.
The park features unmatched
landscapes, a myriad of hiking trails and a
campground set along Jamison Creek
underneath towering pines. Be sure to visit the
park's indoor-outdoor museum of early gold
mining equipment and relics, a complete
blacksmith shop, a partially restored
stamp mill, and a restored miner's home. You
can also peer inside the entrance to the
Eureka Shaft and see the old timbers.
In the wintertime, the park is transformed into a winter paradise. Visitors
can drive the well-cleared roads to enjoy the various cross-country ski loops,
including the 2.5 mile groomed Jamison Canyon Ski Trail that starts or ends at
the museum. Or, follow the road until it ends at Eureka Bowl to access
more backcountry skiing. The historic Eureka Ski Bowl is near the site of the
fist recorded downhill ski races in North America. It no longer operates
as a ski area, but stages the Historic Longboard Ski Revival Series races
organized by the Plumas Ski Club in January, February and March.
Park admission is free, and it’s open year-round. During the winter the museum has limited hours when staff is available. Museum admission is free, but donations are accepted and appreciated. Park campground fees are $35 per site and are available by reservation at (800) 444-7275 or online. Reservations are recommended from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. For more information, call the park at (530) 836-2380.