Hiking at Chawse

Trails make it easy to explore the meadows and surrounding forest of Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park. There are two developed trails in the park: the North Trail, and the South Nature Trail.

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The North Trail

The North Trail, a one-mile loop, starts near the museum. You will walk the ridge surrounding the meadow, cross the creek, pass by the old farm site, and continue to the reconstructed Miwok village site. Here, the North Trail joins the South Nature Trail.

The South Nature Trail

South Nature Trail is a half-mile self-guided loop. You will begin this trail near the Roundhouse. A trail guide (available in the museum) describes the ethno-botany of the area, identifying some of the plants used by the Miwok.


Portions of the North Trail are ADA accessible.