South Yuba River State Park is a day use area that includes the longest single-span covered bridge in the country, four miles of the steep, rugged canyon of the South Yuba River, and the Independence Trail, a wheelchair accessible trail. The park is accessible at Edwards Crossing, Purdon Crossing, Highway 49 and Bridgeport. Located off Highway 49 at 17660 Pleasant Valley Road, Penn Valley, but call 530-432-2546 or 530-273-3884 for more information.
The Family Beach Area Trail is a 60" wide accessible trail for about 0.05 mile that leads to the river. Trailhead, parking and restroom at Historic Bridgeport Covered Bridge, off Highway 20, east of Marysville on Pleasant Valley Road.
The Independence Trail is accessible for 2.21 miles and is jointly owned by State Parks and Sequoya Challenge, a non-profit organization dedicated to outdoor access for all. A historic aqueduct has been modified to enable wheelchair users and hikers to pass through forests and over gorges and to view waterfalls, scenic vistas and a mountain stream. Trailhead, two paved designated accessible parking spaces, and a new accessible design non-flush restroom (see photo below)are located off Highway 49 one mile south of the first bridge north of Nevada City. Additional accessibility and other information on this trail is available on the web site at Sequoya Challenge . Call the park for more information.
A beach wheelchair will be available for use at the family Beach area. Ask at entry station.
The elegant Bridgeport Covered Bridge dates from the 1860s and is considered the longest surviving single span covered bridge in America. It is located on Pleasant Valley Road, about halfway between Highway 20 and Highway 49, just outside of French Corral. There are two accessible parking spaces in an adjacent lot, with one van accessible.
An accessible ramp down to Rush Creek is located about 1.1 miles west of the trailhead for the Independence Trail. It provides shaded fishing access for licensed anglers with disabilities. See above for parking and directions to this trail.