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Home base for park enjoyment is the Visitors Center at Bridgeport, located at:
about 17 miles west of Grass Valley and Nevada City, and 9 miles north on Pleasant Valley Road from Penn Valley.
In addition to the area around the Bridgeport Covered Bridge (Wood's Bridge), the park stretches in scattered parcels more than 20 miles up the South Yuba River Canyon. Four bridges and trails access the South Yuba River watershed for hiking, swimming and kayaking. Advanced swimmers use several swimming holes upriver from the covered bridge, while Family Beach just below the bridge is ideal for families with small children. Exciting rapids for kayaking are found at 49er Crossing, where route 49 crosses the river.
The 1862 wooden bridge at Bridgeport is the longest single-span, arch-truss, covered bridge in North America. The Buttermilk Bend Trail upriver from the bridge is noted for its wildflowers, which are identified by placards on the trail. Park docents print and set out the placards, and make available a full-color flower booklet and free pamphlets at the Visitors Center. The Point Defiance Trail goes down river from Wood's Bridge and can be taken as a somewhat more difficult three-mile loop.
The Park sponsors several annual events to present Gold Rush history in a fun-filled way, including Living History Day (Spring) and The Ghosts of Bridgeport (Fall). In season, docents guide wildflower and bird walks, and give gold panning instruction. Docents also enhance and help maintain facilities at the park, such as the Visitors Center and The Barn, which is undergoing refurbishment to include historical displays of refurbished Gold Rush era wagons and other items.
This web site also posts entertaining high definition video slide shows of park activities for free downloading. A printed booklet Bridgeport News is published monthly by the Association and is available via the preceding link and, for regular delivery, by sending your e-mail address to firstname.lastname@example.org. The issue obtained via the above link is the latest issue distributed by e-mail.
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