2017-2018 Nevada County Gold Magazine 2017-2018_Nevada County Gold Magazine - Page 55

THE RIDGE NORTH SAN JUAN, STATE PARK, CULTURAL CENTER, WINERY, GARDENS North San Juan Once the third largest town in Nevada County, North San Juan is located 16 miles from Nevada City on Hwy. 49. During the 1880s, it was an important commercial center for area hydraulic gold mining interests and had a population of several thousand. Now it is a relatively quiet spot. To the east of town is an area called San Juan Ridge or simply “The Ridge.” Here are found a state historic park, cultural center and Ananda Village. CHERRY FESTIVAL & PARADE: June 24. Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park Visitors to this unique state park, site of the largest hydraulic mine in California, are greet- ed by an unusual landscape. It was created between the 1850s and 1880s by hydraulic gold mining when water was aimed at hill- sides using giant nozzles. Huge cliffs were carved by the mighty streams of water. In 1884, such mining was outlawed because of far reaching damage due to rivers and waterways downstream. Located 26 miles or about 50 minutes from Nevada City, the park includes the ghost town of North Bloomfield. The park is open every day from sunrise to sunset, but there are no tours in the winter, and the museum and visitor center are closed. Take Hwy. 49 from Nevada City to Tyler Foote Crossing Road, turn right and follow paved road to park. This main road changes names several times, but there helpful signs. (530) 265- 2740; malakoffdigginsstatepark.org VISITOR CENTER/MUSEUM: Both open every day April–October. Museum hours, 10:00 am–5:00 pm. Town tours at 1:30 pm. Call to check times and dates. HUMBUG LIVING HISTORY DAY: June 10 (2017), 11:00 am–4:00 pm. Games, barbe- cue, world’s shortest parade and water blast- ing from an old hydraulic water cannon. ADDITIONAL EVENTS: Ice Cream Social in September; Kid’s Fishing Derby in May. RECREATION: Park offers a variety of activi- ties such as swimming, camping and 20 miles of hiking trails, including the popular Humbug, Rim and Diggins Trails. Cabin and Campground Reservations: (800) 444-7275. Cultural Center The North Columbia School House Center, 17894 Tyler Foote Crossing Rd., is located in a one-room restored school house built in 1875. It provides indoor and outdoor venues for gatherings, performances and art exhibits. It is well-known for its Sierra Storytelling Festival in July featuring world- Crystal Hermitage Gardens T H I N G S T O D O Malakoff Diggins class tellers (see page 81). (530) 265-2826; northcolumbiaschoolhouse.org RIDGESTOCK: August 19. 11:00 am–11:00 pm. AUTUMN SHINDIG: October 8. Winery DOUBLE OAK: Off Tyler Foote Crossing Road at 14510 Blind Shady Rd. Tasting room, picnicking, tours, events. Open Saturdays, 11:00 am–5:00 pm. Map on website. (530) 292-3235; doubleoakwinery.com Wineries/Vineyards Pages 110–113 Ananda Village SPRINGTIME AT ANANDA: Over 15,000 tulips are on display in the Crystal Hermitage Gardens. Other seasonal flowers and bloom- ing shrubs. Weekend events. Open every day in April, 10:00 am–5:00 pm. Village 20 minutes from Nevada City at 14618 Tyler Foote Crossing Rd. Peak tulip display information and directions: (530) 478-7574; crystalhermitage.org More Things To Do Pages 68–83 N E VA D A C O U N T Y G O L D . c o m 55