Recreation

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Backcountry Discovery Trail - The Plumas Backcountry Discovery Trail (BDT) invites exploration of the remote areas of the Plumas National Forest. You can expect rough road conditions on gravel and dirt roads and a slow pace of travel, maybe only 30-50 miles a day. Be prepared for downed trees or rocks on the road, rough and rocky surfaces, and brush encroaching on the road-way. Much of the route is under snow in the winter and early spring. There are no restaurants, grocery stores, or gas stations along the main route and cell phone coverage is intermittent. Then on-paved roads are currently maintained for travel by sport utility vehicles(SUVs) and high-clearance vehicles. This guide book describes the various routes and makes some recommendations on what types of vehicles canuse them. Alternate routes, which are best traveled in a 4-wheel-drive vehicle, are high lighted as well. Find out more about the BDT!

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Indian Valley Area

Just north of Quincy in Plumas County, the Indian Valley includes fishing, hiking, swimming, picnicking and camping in the Plumas National Forest. This portion of Highway 89, just north of Quincy connects two major scenic highway routes. Plumas County's "Scenic Byway Link" travels through the quiet, historic communities of Canyon Dam, Greenville, Crescent Mills, and Taylorsville and is a connection between "Feather River National Scenic Byway" on Hwy 70, just north of Quincy and the “Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway", which begins at the northern boundary of the Plumas National Forest. This route makes for great scenic driving throughout the year, but is widely known for its spectacular full fall splendor. Also located in the Indian Valley is the Round Valley Reservoir located three miles above Greenville, which is a warm water fishery containing bass and bluegill and is the site of Plumas National Forest’s annual fishing derby. It’s a popular place for fishing and picnicking, and is nearby to the Greenville campground. The area is also great for bicycling.

Greenville Campground

Greenville Campground

Located in the Indian Valley, and 1 mile north of the town of Greenville, the Greenville Campground is approximately 25 miles north of Quincy on Hwy 89.   Recently outfitted with new campfire rings as well as a new toilet facility, the site boasts 20 campsites, its own water system, picnic and barbeque areas.  The campground adjoins the Greenville horseshoe pits that are well known for its tournaments throughout the summer months. 

Operating under a special use permit from the Plumas National Forest, the campground is managed by Royal Elk Park Management.

 Located near the outskirts of the historical town of Greenville, visitors have access to groceries, gas, fishing supplies, as well as local shops and eateries.  Make plans to enjoy the Greenville Campground – at $20.00 a night, it’s a real bargain!

Bucks Lake Wilderness Gold Lake Trailhead

Trailhead is located at the Silver Lake Campground.

Trail Length - 1.5 miles

Difficulty - Easy

Approximately hiking time - 30 minutes

Swimming and fishing at the lake.  Campsites are limited.  This trail accesses the Bucks Lake Wilderness and the Pacific Crest Trail.