Dave Moore Nature Area

One of the main features of the 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. About half of the trail is constructed to be fully accessible to people with wheelchairs, walkers and strollers.


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Latitude: 38.7955704 Longitude: -120.8958721 Elevation: 978 ft
the best travel advice comes from the people who live here
Deb Jensen

Recreational Opportunities

Special wheelchair-accessible trail, hiking, picnicking, nature study, bird watching, hobby gold prospecting, swimming and white water rafting (Class-III).


Seasons Accessible

The Nature Area is open from 8:00 am to sunset, year-round.


Although donations are accepted, there are no fees to enter the site.

ADA Accessibility Notes

There are nine parcels of Public Land along the South Fork American River. All of these parcels are available for public use and enjoyment. Only one, however, is accessible by automobile -- the Dave Moore Nature Area.

The special wheelchair-accessible trail is a rustic un-paved trail, designed for wheel chair access.

Pet Friendly Notes

Dogs allowed accompanied by responsible owners.


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ann, 11/21/2012

Love this area. Just an FYI, if in a wheelchair you should go back up to the starting point via the trail you came down on. The other trail back up has spots that look pretty inaccessible for a wheelchair and it has some steeper parts. My dogs love to go here.

Lorraine Frost, 5/8/2015

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