When hiking or rafting, or just spending a day outdoors, get a picnic lunch at one of the local delis or cafés and take it to one of these great public parks. All of these parks have river frontage and shade trees. Most have access to hiking and boating as well.
These parks are open to the public and have full facilities. Eat, play, enjoy the water, go for a hike — have a great time in the valley.
Cronan Ranch Regional Trails Park – The Park, which borders the South Fork American River, contains 12 miles of trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding, fishing, bird watching and other passive recreation.
Dave Moore Nature Area – Located on Hwy 49 about two miles north of Coloma. Two miles of nature trails, much of it wheelchair-accessible, picnic area. Historic remnants from gold rush. Walking access to shaded swimming hole on the South Fork of the American River. Boaters may stop for picnics, but put-ins and take-outs not allowed. (916) 985-4474
Henningsen Lotus County Park – Located 3/4 of a mile from Hwy 49 on Lotus Rd. Picnic tables, restrooms, soccer field, playground. Modest parking fee. Full boater access. (530) 621-5353
Marshall Gold Discovery State Historical Park – Located on Hwy 49 in the town of Coloma. Picnic tables, restrooms, green lawns. Modest parking fee. Boater access for put-ins only, no take-outs. (530) 622-3470