Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park is the place where James W. Marshall found some shining flecks of gold in the tailrace of the sawmill he was building for himself and John Sutter. This discovery in 1848 changed the course of history in California and the nation. The park has a museum with exhibits that tell the story of the Gold Rush, a replica of the sawmill, and a fair number of historic buildings. The park is located on Highway 49 at 310 Back Street in Coloma. Phone (530) 622-3470. Toll free group reservation number is 866-240-4655.
The North Beach Group Picnic Area has accessible parking,accessibly designed and located picnic tables and an accessible restroom.
The Main Picnic Area behind the museum has accessible tables and may be usable in dry weather with some assistance. Parking: There is designated accessible parking at one lot that requires crossing route 49, and additional accessible parking on the other side of the museum. Restrooms: Fully accessible restrooms are located adjacent to each parking lot east of Highway 49.
The Levee trail is a 1/4 mile trail that starts at an accessible parking lot located near the northeast side of the Mt. Murphy Road bridge. The trail takes visitors along the South Fork of the American River and terminates at a river overlook. Accessible parking is provided at the trailhead.
Gold Discovery Trails
This 1.2 mile system of trails located between the Gold Discovery Museum and the Gold Discovery site provides access to historic mining infrastructure and native American bedrock mortars. Accessible picnicking and restrooms are provided along the trail route.
Approximately a dozen historic structures are located along the main street or on a hill overlooking the street. Most buildings are usable. Many freestanding interpretive panels are scattered throughout the park and are accessible.
Visitor center/museum: This is under renovation and will be accessible when it is complete. Restrooms: Usable restrooms have stalls that permit front transfers only. Parking: The adjacent lot has accessible spaces. Call the park for more information.
Definitions & Terms
Meets all or most of the current accessibility standards; most visitors with disabilities will not need assistance
Meets many current codes and has few barriers, but some visitors with disabilities may need assistance
Meets some current codes but has some barriers; many visitors with disabilities may require assistance
Describes facilities that have been set aside and usually signed or “designated” accessible because they met accessibility codes when built. Such facilities may vary from newer suggested guidelines in specified ways, and improvements may be planned or ongoing. Minor variations from guidelines are not usually described. This term is often used for parking spaces that are reserved for visitors with disabilities even though there may be minor issues with slope, signage, or size.