The South Fork American River in the Sierra foothills south of Placerville is one of California’s most popular white-water rivers. The South Fork is where gold was discovered by Europeans in 1849, so the river is also rich in Gold Rush history. Not so long ago, public access along the South Fork was quite limited. The American River Conservancy and the BLM are acquiring land for public recreation and habitat purposes along the river. This easy loop trail, in the recently acquired Cronan Ranch Regional Trails Park, provides a nice ramble through oak and riparian woodlands and foothill grasslands, as well as direct access to the South Fork American River.
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