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THINGS TO DO IN NEVADA CITY, CALIFORNIA

Deer Creek Tribute Trail


Hours: Open 24/7          Season: Year Round         Cost: FREE          Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Hours: Open 24/7
 Season: Year Round
Cost: FREE
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

About Deer Creek

Deer Creek Tribute Trail is a modern hiking path that celebrates the contributions of the native Nisenan and Chinese people to the Nevada City area. The Chinese style suspension bridge connects popular footpaths leading through the Deer Creek Forested Loop Trail. Visitors who hike this path get the opportunity to enjoy 3.6 miles of historical views and refreshing nature.

Unlike most nature hikes, the Deer Creek Tribute Trail winds through downtown Nevada City, giving it urban views. In the fall, specifically in October and November, guided Fall Color Tours are offered. These tours take visitors down the trail to the oldest trees and buildings in the city. The ancient Maple, Ash, and Birch trees seen on the tour were planted by early settlers. 

Deer Creek Tribute Trail has a variety of paved, dirt, and graveled roads. These paths are pet-friendly and bike-friendly, but don't allow motor vehicles. While there are no restrooms on the actual trail, there are bathrooms in the nearby Robinson Plaza and at the municipal parking lot by the Chinese Memorial. Nevada City asks that all hikers have a place to pack their trash to avoid litter on the beautiful grounds. 

Deer Creek Tribute Trail is an excellent activity for all who visit Nevada City, California. 

ABOUT DEER CREEK

Deer Creek Tribute Trail is a modern hiking path that celebrates the contributions of the native Nisenan and Chinese people to the Nevada City area. The Chinese style suspension bridge connects popular footpaths leading through the Deer Creek Forested Loop Trail. Visitors who hike this path get the opportunity to enjoy 3.6 miles of historical views and refreshing nature.

Unlike most nature hikes, the Deer Creek Tribute Trail winds through downtown Nevada City, giving it urban views. In the fall, specifically in October and November, guided Fall Color Tours are offered. These tours take visitors down the trail to the oldest trees and buildings in the city. The ancient Maple, Ash, and Birch trees seen on the tour were planted by early settlers.

Deer Creek Tribute Trail has a variety of paved, dirt, and graveled roads. These paths are pet-friendly and bike-friendly, but don't allow motor vehicles. While there are no restrooms on the actual trail, there are bathrooms in the nearby Robinson Plaza and at the municipal parking lot by the Chinese Memorial. Nevada City asks that all hikers have a place to pack their trash to avoid litter on the beautiful grounds.

Deer Creek Tribute Trail is an excellent activity for all who visit Nevada City, California. 

WHAT TO BRING

Deer Creek Tribute Trail is not a rigorous hike, but supplies should be brought along to get you through the 3.6 miles. We recommend bringing along a backpack, a hiking stick, and an accessible water bottle. Inside the backpack, a trash bag, snacks, sunscreen, a camera, and a first aid kit are suggested. Good hiking shoes/boots and comfortable clothes are also recommended. Check the weather before hiking, and if colder temperatures are expected, pack or wear a jacket.

For visitors wanting to swim in the creek, a pair of sandals or flip-flops and a swimsuit should be packed. We suggest wearing your swimsuit under your hiking clothes, as there is no place to privately change on the trail. Hikers bringing their pet(s) along are asked to carry trash bags to pick up any droppings.

Deer Creek Tribute Trail is beautiful and memorable; our packing suggestions are to ensure that you have an enjoyable hike.
 
WHAT TO BRING
Deer Creek Tribute Trail is not a rigorous hike, but supplies should be brought along to get you through the 3.6 miles. We recommend bringing along a backpack, a hiking stick, and an accessible water bottle. Inside the backpack, a trash bag, snacks, sunscreen, a camera, and a first aid kit are suggested. Good hiking shoes/boots and comfortable clothes are also recommended. Check the weather before hiking, and if colder temperatures are expected, pack or wear a jacket. 

For visitors wanting to swim in the creek, a pair of sandals or flip-flops and a swimsuit should be packed. We suggest wearing your swimsuit under your hiking clothes, as there is no place to privately change on the trail. Hikers bringing their pet(s) along are asked to carry trash bags to pick up any droppings. 

Deer Creek Tribute Trail is beautiful and memorable; our packing suggestions are to ensure that you have an enjoyable hike. 

Guest Reviews

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Beautiful walk right from downtown Nevada City down to the incredible Deer Creek. Very photogenic for Photographers. Wait 'till you get to the first bridge!
-johndaly24, TripAdvisor
Great trail. Plenty of shade. Well maintained trails and lots of options. Many spots to go down to the water and even swim if you want to. Beautiful place and great photo opportunities.
-Tina Young, AllTrails
As you travel through the trees and cross over the creeks below, you get a sense of Thoreau's words "A Walk in the Woods." Peaceful, serene, and the smells of the trees bring you back to your senses and you are able to relax in the environment. Well worth the adventure and hike.
-paw2641, TripAdvisor

Map and Directions

Deer Creek Tribute Trail can be challenging to spot for first-timers. Follow these directions to find the trailhead quickly.

From the Miner's Foundry on Spring Street in downtown Nevada City, head west onto Factory Street.

The road will curve to the left, and the pavement turns into a one-lane dirt road called Wyoming Street.

In approximately 0.3 miles, the dirt road will come out onto the paved Old Downieville Highway.

You will travel another 0.3 miles on Downieville Highway until you reach Champion Road on your left.

Look for trail signs to lead you switchbacking through the woods on a dirt road until you reach the trailhead. A large sign with a map of the trail system is posted at the beginning of the road. This will also help you find your way. 

Map and Directions

Deer Creek Tribute Trail can be challenging to spot for first-timers. Follow these directions to find the trailhead quickly.

From the Miner's Foundry on Spring Street in downtown Nevada City, head west onto Factory Street.

The road will curve to the left, and the pavement turns into a one-lane dirt road called Wyoming Street.

In approximately 0.3 miles, the dirt road will come out onto the paved Old Downieville Highway.

You will travel another 0.3 miles on Downieville Highway until you reach Champion Road on your left. 

Look for trail signs to lead you switchbacking through the woods on a dirt road until you reach the trailhead. A large sign with a map of the trail system is posted at the beginning of the road. This will also help you find your way. 

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