Where are places to pan for gold?
You can still pan for gold in the South Fork of the American River in Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park. The best place to pan for gold is by the Mt. Murphy Road bridge across from the park museum. Bekeart's Gun Shop offers trough mining and gold pan rentals and several local businesses sell gold pans and supplies, including Ceccardi's Feed Store, Sutter Center Market, Ponderosa Park, and Coloma Resort.
Where is the best hiking in Coloma?
Explore the beauty of the Coloma Valley and the Sierra foothills at beautiful parks and hiking trails around Coloma and the American River, including Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, Henningsen-Lotus Park. Hike the trail to Marshall's Monument, on a hilltop overlooking the town of Coloma, or head to the Monroe Ridge Trail, a heart-pumping trail that ends near the North Beach picnic area at the state park. Enjoy hiking on the South Fork American River Trail from Coloma to Salmon Falls at Folsom Lake, or through the Dave Moore Nature Area, with a 1.1 mile loop through a shady forest and a river beach. Cronin Ranch Regional Trails Park features 12 miles of hiking trails through sweeping meadows with vistas to the river.