Dave Moore Nature Area
2 miles west of the Marshall Gold Discovery State Park at Coloma on Highway 49
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.
• From Eastbound Highway 50 - Take the Ponderosa Road exit and go over the freeway bridge to the stop sign.
• Turn right on North Shingle Road and proceed for 3 miles.
• Turn left at the "Y" onto Lotus Road and continue for 5 miles heading north.
• Turn left at Highway 49 and cross the bridge at the river.
• Continue for about 1 mile along Hwy 49.
• The entrance is on the left at the cobblestone wall.
• From Eastbound Interstate 80 - Take the Highway 49 exit heading south at the town of Auburn.
• Continue along Hwy 49 through the towns of Cool and Pilot Hill, approximately a 14 mile drive.
• The entrance will be 3 miles south of Pilot Hill on the right at the cobblestone wall.