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Top 5 Things to Do with Kids

Contributed by Kathy Spoto Here are my top five things to do with kids in Nevada County on a sunny day.  First up, pull on your cowboy boots and gallop over to Purpose Ranch.  Wranglers welcome visitors to make friends with 26…
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Humbug Creek

If you are looking for a different trail to hike, try the Humbug Trail, a three mile gradually descending trail which goes from Malakoff Diggins down to the South Yuba River.  It is forested with fir, cedar, and black oak as it winds down…
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Independence Trail

Step back in time and check out the Inpendence Trail, the walk, located 5 miles out of town off Highway 49, follows the ditches and flumes from the Excelsior Canal, built back in the 1850's.  The 1 1/2 mile section wheel chair accessible trail…
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Buttermilk Bend Wildflower Hike

The wildflowers are starting to bloom along the Buttermilk Bend trail by Bridgeport, South Yuba River.  The docent led walks start today, Saturday, March 16th at 11am and continue every Saturday and Sunday through May 19th.  The 2 mile…
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Hirschman Trail

What would our county be without all the wonderful volunteers that keep our community vibrant?  This Saturday about 20 volunteers from the Bear Yuba Land Trust and BONC got together to work on areas of the Hershman's Pond Trail.  Led…
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Hiking along the South Yuba Trail

Because this winter is so sunny, we got out our hiking shoes and went down to the South Yuba River canyon to hike upstream from Edwards Crossing.  The South Yuba River is a treat regardless of the season.   Starting at the Yuba Campground…
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South Yuba Trail in Fall

Nevada City received its first winter storm and while some may think the colder weather it's time to stay inside, we think it's a great time to get out and explore.  These photos are from the South Yuba Trail, starting at Edwards Crossing…
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Art OnSite Deer Creek Tribute Trail

Have you been for a walk/run/bike ride along the Deer Creek Tribute Trail?  The 9 mile trail starts in downtown Nevada City and explores the area above, beside and through Deer Creek.  Stop by the Outside Inn's office for a free map if you…
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Bridgeport

While the temperatures may be dropping a bit, now is still a fabulous time to head to the South Yuba River.  Head down to Bridgeport and walk along the Buttermilk Bend trail, check out the covered bridge or bring a book and sit on a rock…
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Malakoff Diggins

Malakoff Diggins outside of Nevada City offers a lot of options for a day time excursion, gold mining, fishing, picnic spots or take a town tour of historic North Bloomfield.  Tours offered Friday, Saturday and Sundays at 1:30 for the rest…
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Buttermilk Bend Trail, Bridgeport

The wildflowers are in season at Bridgeport on the South Yuba River.  Pack a picnic and head to Buttermilk Bend Trail, the level trail follows the river for 1.2 miles and is perfect for all ages and abilities.  Guided walks every Saturday…
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Sugar Loaf Mountain

Want to get 365 degree views of downtown Nevada City?  Take a short walk up to the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain.  Bring a picnic and sit and enjoy the views.  The trail starts at the top of Coyote Street on the left hand side and takes approximately…
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Independence Trail

The weather in Nevada City is fabulous, why not take a hike?  Independence Trail is 5.5 miles from downtown Nevada City off Highway 49.  The trail twists and turns along the Excelsior Canal, where the gold rush era wooden flumes now provide…
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Cascade Canal NID trail

Since we're still having a mild winter in Nevada City, why not go for a hike?  The Outside Inn has a thorough selection of trail maps in our office, stop by for directions to some of our favorite trails. The Cascade Canal trail (or Banner…
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South Yuba River, Edwards Crossing

Since we're having such a mild winter here in Nevada City, why not take a hike down along the South Yuba Trail.  Start at Edwards Crossing and hike downstream, stop by the Outside Inn office for a map.  Below are some more photos from a recent…
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Best of Nevada City

Happy New Year's Eve from all of us at the Outside Inn.  The Innside Nevada City blog has grown and evolved over the last 12 months and I'm excited to continue to share our love for the community in the year to come.  I've done a recap on…
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Best of Nevada County hikes

There are a lot of great walks and hikes in our area and I've been profiling a few of them throughout the year, so I thought in honor of the end of the year it'd be nice to compile a best of list with a few photos to help motivate you to…
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Deer Creek Tribute Trail

If you haven't been down to the Deer Creek Tribute trail (click here and here for past posts on the trail in downtown Nevada City) you should go down and check out the recently extended loop on the other side of the pedestrian bridge.  The…
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Snow Mountain NID trail

It's a beautiful fall day in Nevada City and no better time to go explore some of the vast network of trails.  I went for a quick walk along the Snow Mountain NID trail, easily accessible from downtown Nevada City, just one mile up Highway…
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Hirschmans Trail

The other week I profiled the new Hirschman Trail to the pond, click here to see that post, but another great option is to do the full loop through the new Woods Ravine Trail.  If you stop by the Outside Inn and pick up a map and walk from…
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Empire Mine Trails

Looking for a nice place to take a walk in Grass Valley, check out Empire Mine.  The extensive trail network is open to walkers, runners, mountain bikers, horseback riders and dog walkers.  Open sunrise to sunset, you can access the…