Deer Creek Tribute Trail
Download the Tribute Trail Brochure
The Deer Creek Tribute Trail was created with funding from the
CA Natural Resources Agency California River Parkways - Proposition 50 grant program. Project partners include
The Sierra Fund, Friends of Deer Creek, American Rivers,
Nevada County Land Trust, the City of Nevada City,
Nevada County, the Nisenan Tribe, the Tsi-Akim Maidu,
the Bureau of Land Management, Greater Champion Neighborhood Association, the Chinese Quarter Society
and Save Our Historic Canals. The trail was made possible through generous private land easements and investors.
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From the Nimrod St. trailhead across
from Pioneer Park, follow the trail along
Little Deer Creek to the Stonehouse
parking lot – The path indicated in the
Nevada City insert will guide you to the
Chinese Monument. Stop by the
Monument before taking York Street
south towards the Miners Foundry. From
here, signs with the Tribute Trail
logo will direct you along rest of the trail
that follows the Newtown Ditch and
heads down to and across Deer Creek.
Paying Tribute To Deer Creek’s Rich Heritage:
The Tribute Trail offers a path into the past while giving different perspectives on the present. The interpretive signs along the trail pay tribute to the Nisenan who were the original human inhabitants of this watershed, explore the rich history of Chinese immigrants during the gold mining era, identify both native and non-native plants seen along the trail, and describe floodplain function and restoration.
Exploring the Deer Creek Tribute Trail:
What better way to explore Deer Creek’s rich history and scenic beauty than to follow the Deer Creek Tribute Trail. The multi-use trail offers a cultural and ecological greenway through Nevada City, California. The trail begins in historic downtown Nevada City and moves along scenic backroads and trails. Ponderosa Pine, Black Oak, and Live Oak create a peaceful and shaded pathway for people of all ages and abilities.
Portions of the Tribute Trail are available for picnics, bicycling, hiking, swimming, fishing, and horseback riding. Come and walk a portion of the trail and then have lunch in downtown Nevada City, or challenge yourself to the full 8 mile trail!