The best place to start your tour of Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park is at the visitor center and museum. Interpretive exhibits and programs tell the story of the gold discovery and help make it come alive. Publications about the park can be found in the visitor center.
About seventy percent of Coloma is included in Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park and subject to use fees. Since there are only about two hundred year-round residents in the town, the tree-lined streets of the park are memorably quiet and serene throughout much of the year.
The park features a number of buildings that have survived from the gold rush, as well as many other reminders of that tumultuous period. The Gold Discovery Museum features gold-rush-era exhibits including mining equipment, horse drawn vehicles, household implements and other memorabilia as well as a number of films about the gold discovery and early mining techniques.
When James Marshall first saw the Coloma Valley, the grass- covered hillsides were completely free of litter. Now, we need your help to keep them that way. Whatever you bring into the park, please take it out with you.
When you hike, please stay on the trails. Shortcuts destroy the ground cover and speed erosion.
Diving in the river is not permitted. The river shoreline contains submerged obstacles and an uneven bottom.
Recreational gold panning is allowed on the east shore of the river. Hands and pans only, please.