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Address: 14881 Pine Grove Volcano Rd, Pine Grove, CA 95665
Phone Number: +1 209-296-7488
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This preserve's 136 acres include spots where Native Americans ground...

This preserve's 136 acres include spots where Native Americans ground acorns into the bedrock.

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Calming walk in the wood.

Pay the California State Park day use fee, enjoy the largest grinding rock site in North America, enjoy the huts, and walk both trails. Spend 2 or 3 hours that you will enjoy and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Arroyo Grande, California
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Arroyo Grande, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Pay the California State Park day use fee, enjoy the largest grinding rock site in North America, enjoy the huts, and walk both trails. Spend 2 or 3 hours that you will enjoy and probably remember forever.

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Sunnyvale, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

While touring Hwy 49, we took a side trip to the small town of Volcano where you can find the Indian Grinding Rock State Park. Well worth it. Just amazing to see all the ground down holes and image each family having their own spot to work from year to year. The rocks among the giant oak trees are just... More 

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Pioneer, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

It has a small campground. No hook ups. It has anise picnic area. It has a wonderful walking tour. It has a nice museum with knowledgeable docents.

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San Ramon, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

When our twin 9-year-old grandchildren visited us in Amador County, we added Indian Grinding Rock to our itinerary. We wanted to give them an experience of the first human inhabitants in the beautiful Sierras. They enjoyed the history, sights, and even the half mile hike we took around the site of the old village. We started by looking about the... More 

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Concord, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

This park is very accessible with lots of parking. The Museum is very interesting and shows a wonderful amount of history of the local indigenous people. We also enjoyed a peaceful half hour hike around the perimeter of the park that highlighted the grinding stones and huts built just as the Indians had done in the past. Well worth a... More 

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Orange Vale, CA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2016

Expect a smaller scale state park that, if you are interested in history, is well worth a visit. There picnic and camping facilities, yet do not consider this a destination stop. Most who do would be a bit disappointed - especially as this park lacks a water feature such as a lake or river. The grounds are clean, easily accessed,... More 

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maui
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016 via mobile

This is a hidden gem that's worth a short stop. They have a small museum that is perfect for everyone. The rangers are super helpful and the grounds are spacious. There is camping and loads of picnicking areas. The grinding stone is interesting (I had no idea what it was until I got there), and we all enjoyed the easy... More 

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Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2016

This small historic park is a bit off the beaten path but a worthwhile side-trip from Hwy 49 in the Gold Country. This was ~ & still is ~ a sacred place for the Miwok & other native american tribes. Preserved here is the largest collection (over 1100) of bedrock mortar holes in North America. And these human-made grinding holes... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2016

You can picture how it must have been with women grinding acorns,children playing and a thriving culture of people who cared for the land for thousands of years. The park staff were very knowledgeable about the pictographs and the current use of the park by indigenous people.

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Jackson, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2016

Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park is deceptive when you first enter. There is more to see and learn about than meets the eye. The museum has baskets made hundreds of years ago by Native Americans...they are beautiful. Visit the Roundhouse, walk the grounds, see the grinding rocks and hear the "whispers" of by-gone days.

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