Indian Grinding Rock State Park

State Park

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20445 Wild Iris Lane
Pine Grove, CA 95665
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GPS: 38.421, -120.643

Last Price Paid: $30
Number of Sites: 22
Elevation: 2457 ft
Max Length: 27 ft
Tent Camping: Yes
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Airstream International 27FB Serenity
9 reviews
Nightly rate: $30
Days stayed: 2
Site Number: 10
“A Hidden Gem of a Campground”

Reviewed May 16, 2016

Overall Rating

Off the beaten path lies a wonderful small state historic park. It is home to the largest outcropping of marbleized limestone with some 1,185 mortar holes. For thousands of years native Americans had gathered at this location to grind acorns and other seeds into meal so its no surprise this little valley is home to some very pleasant weather and beauty. The park is divided into three parts, the (1) well preserved grinding rocks and accompanying Miwok village with ceremonial roundhouse, (2) the adjacent campground, and (3) surrounding undeveloped lands with a one mile or so nature trail. In addition there is a very well done museum on site that inform the visitor the history and area context. It is the perfect 4th grade field trip, and many local schools appear to take advantage of this facility during the daytime.

The campground is set among the oak and pine woodlands immediately adjacent to the open and maintained interpretative area. Most campsites are well shaded and most pads are reasonably level and able to accommodate a 27 foot travel trailer. Still, bring extra leveling blocks just in case. The park is in the country. A few homes on acreage populate the nearby lands but in general not much is adjacent. In the evening only the sounds of nature are to be heard. The campground is very quiet. Cell coverage was spotty at best. But, in a place like this, who cares!

This park is located in the middle of Gold Rush county. Many funky small towns with great places to eat and shop are a short drive away, as are many local wineries. Dogs are allowed on leash in the campground and in the interpretive area. There's another state park (no admission) Mt. Zion just a short 10 minute drive that has a good dog friendly trail to the top of a hill with great views of the surrounding region. Total hike maybe two or three miles.

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  • dry camping
  • recreation trail
Site Amenities:
  • fire ring
  • picnic table
  • restrooms: flush
  • showers
  • trash
  • water available
  • pets


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