Auburn State Receation Area

Auburn State Recreation Area

Highway 49 at Auburn-Foresthill Rd.
Auburn, California
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Local Phone: (530) 885-4527

Dogs on leash are allowed everywhere within this 35,000-acre preserve except at Lake Clementine. 

The park (which is 20 miles long on the North and Middle Forks of the American River) is situated south of Interstate 80, stretching from Auburn to Colfax. The main access is from Auburn, either on Highway 49 or the Auburn-Foresthill Road.

Auburn SRA is made up of mainly federal lands. California State Parks administers the area under a managing partnership with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation. 

Major recreational uses include hiking, swimming, boating, fishing, camping, mountain biking, gold panning and off-highway motorcycle riding.

One of the more popular trails is the Western States National Recreation Trail, which hosts the Tevis Cup Endurance Ride and Western States100 Endurance Run each summer.

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• Always follow the posted rules as they may have changed
• Respect and protect wildlife and habitats
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Hidden Falls Regional Park - Photo Credit: @lillyshertigal
Hidden Falls Regional Park - Photo Credit: @lillyshertigal
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