Gold Mining in Gold Country
We’ve discussed a few of the great gold mines you can visit in the area while you’re staying with us at the Gold Country Campground Resort. Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park is a good place to experience the gold mining history that existed here. After all, Gold Country in the Golden State, fits the theme!
Roaring Camp Gold Mining Company
Start your gold mining adventures right across the street from Gold Country Campground Resort at the Roaring Camp Mining Company! Be sure to check out their tours which offer an All-Day Panning for Gold adventure, or our personal favorite; the Saturday Night Cookout which includes a five-hour evening truck trip into the canyon where you’ll see the Museum, Camp, and Placer Gold mine operation. You’ll also learn to how to pan for gold (you keep the nuggets) and enjoy a hearty New York Steak BBQ!
Roaring Camp was once a camp for Forty Niners, but since it was so inaccessible, most of the gold still remains! Visitors can see their operating gold mine and can mine gold by panning, sluicing, metal detecting, and dry washing. There is also miles of unexplored canyon where you might find quartz crystals, jade, jasper, river rubies, and arrowheads.
Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park
Over in Coloma, between Placerville and Auburn, you’ll find the Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park. James W. Marshall discovered gold here in 1848 and that opened the floodgates of travel to the West.
You can see a replica of the original sawmill and more than 20 historic buildings that include a mine, a Chinese store, and schoolhouse exhibits. You can also pan for gold in the American River, enjoy hikes and picnics under the oaks, and visit the statue of James Marshall that looks over the river.
Gold Bug Park
You’ll find Gold Bug Park in Placerville where it has stood since opening in 1848. Visiting the park is like stepping back in time. You can explore the Gold Bug and visit the mining museum. You can use the panning trough and find a gem to keep.
A visit to the historic Stamp Mill shows a real working blacksmith shop. The best part is that there’s no admission fee to see the mining museum, stamp mill, mineral displays or the blacksmith presentations!
About Gold Country Campground Resort
The Gold Country Campground Resort near Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park and Gold Bug Park, has existed since 1956 as a place where visitors could discover the rich tradition and rugged beauty of California’s Gold Country. We offer a variety of accommodations and amenities including state of the art Wi-Fi. You can reserve your place with use here at: www.goldcountrycampground.com/reservations/.