There is an abundance of activities all around us at Eden Vale Inn. Some folks enjoy hiking, biking, rafting, driving our scenic Sierra Foothills country roads, or picnicking by the South Fork American River. Other guests tickle their taste buds at excellent nearby restaurants and Gold Country wineries, or go antiquing on historic Main Street Placerville. Well, add to the list – gold panning!
Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park is only minutes from Eden Vale Inn, and offers several gold panning lessons every day. Yes, they stock the troughs – with real gold flakes, fools’ gold, and garnets. And yes, you can keep what you find! It’s great entertainment for all ages.
While you’re at the park, you can enjoy its riverside picnic areas and many other offerings. Look at Sutter’s Mill. Take a historic tour of the park. Visit the blacksmith shop. Go on a short hike to the Marshall Monument to look down at where gold was first discovered in 1848. Or drive to the Monument, and look at James Marshall’s cabin on the way. The 3-mile long Monroe Ridge Trail has stunning views, and the pretty, riverside trail is great for easy strolling.
In the center of the park, the museum is kept cool, and historic films are available on request at no extra charge. Make sure to visit the Mercantile, a quaint and well-appointed store. It’s chock full of historic items and books, as well as toys, jewelry, art, and clothing in both modern and 1850’s styles. If you know how to pan already, the Mercantile will sell you a gold pan and point you to the river beach where you can try your luck the old-fashioned way!
Let us know if you’d like to explore Marshall Gold Park, and we can provide you with more information and suggestions. You too might end up shouting, “Eureka, I found gold in California!”