The South Yuba Campground is operated by the Bureau of Land Management. It is situated in the scenic foothills a little over 10 miles from Nevada City. Its amenities include 16 campsites for tents or RV's, piped water, picnic tables, fire grills, garbage collection, and pit toilets.
The South Yuba Trail is accessible from the campground. This trail traverses the historic foothill river canyons. The South Yuba River can be reached by hiking well over a mile from the campground.
The campground is located in an attractive spot with good shade from the nearby trees. We stayed the night before the Perseid meteor shower in August and were treated to some spectacular displays from a nearby clearing.
The main drawback to this campground was bees. There were lots of them and they were aggressive, especially when we were eating. Both nights of our stay the campground was visited by a bear who ran off when we checked out the noise he made. The only damage he did was to the camp's garbage cans which are surprisingly not bear proof.
During our stay there was a sign posted stating that due to fire danger, no campfires were allowed and that a California Campfire Permit was needed to operate a camp stove. Unfortunately they had no information on how to obtain one other than driving miles away to the Bureau of Land Management office during their normal business hours. I would advise calling ahead regarding a campfire permit.
I believe that campfire permits may be available more conveniently from the National Park Service. You can check their website below for information:
National Park Service: www.nps.gov/state/ca/
In 2007 the fee was $5.00 per night per campsite. A fourteen-day limit for a maximum exists. Reservations are not accepted. Use of the campground is on a first come first serve basis.
"Mekhaye" is so close to Nevada City - and is paved and level. Overnight accomodations on this 13-acre property are really unusual and special! It's a gorgeous private estate that can be rented for a VERY nominal fee. You and your family will ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS FANTASTIC PLACE! It's perfect for just a couple or even for a huge family reunion!
The house used to be rented, but is not now. So the property is available for tents, tent-trailers, small RVs, etc. In our case, we set up tents; friends set up their small RVs. There were 30 of us in all. We had access to 3 outside hot showers, a killer BBQ wagon (that serves up to 300,) a great little lake with a sand beach & swim platform. EVERYTHING! (see www.mekhaye.com) A few months later friends (who had camped there with us) chose to return to Mekhaye for their wedding = it's a totally perfect venue with beautiful gardens and a vast lawn area. (A heads-up: Mekhaye is a non-smoking property.)
If you are looking for an absolutely delightful place to hang out close to town, don't miss this.
We had such great fun and the owners were incredibly helpful in offering us tips on how to get around the area. We now won't stay anywhere else! It's like owning a second home!
...WOW ~ the property itself, lake, beach, dance floor, BBQ, volleyball, horseshoes, multiple patios and seating areas, GREAT LANDSCAPING - very private yet so close to downtown Nevada City. Probably one of the only level parcels out on N. Bloomfield Rd. We liked the winding, private entrance - a real "estate" feel. Oh, and fresh organic eggs daily and, in season, organic vegetables. Lots of places on the 13-acres where we could escape, think, relax. Patios, chairs, tables everywhere.
We liked having available for our use (in the Snak Shak) a large refrigerator and freezer, ice chests to take on daily outings, lots of beach chairs and toys. We could borrow almost anything we needed.
Bed & Breakfast Inn
$90 to $100 per night.
I stayed in a B&B that had unique names for their rooms. For instance, one was called the 'Pink Room' because everything was pink, the walls, bed sheets, carpet, etc.
I stayed in a room called the 'Mouse House'.
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