Only City Owned Gold Mine
The Blue Gravel Mine Trail follows alongside Buenaventura Blvd., but far enough away from the street in local woodlands. The trail paves through a small canyon by a seasonal creek, and passes the historic Blue Gravel Mine. The trail offers some shade, and is paved the entire way. In the Springtime the trail has many wildflowers and butterflies to enjoy. The Holiday Market shopping center is located at the North end of the trail, and includes some shopping and restaurants.
Watch out for rattlesnakes and bikers. Dogs are only allowed on leash.
For $8,500, the City of Redding purchased 451 acres of land in the year 1927. The Blue Gravel gold mine was included in this purchase, and was the only gold mine in the United States that was owned by a city. It got its name from the blue gravel waste site near the mill.
The hike follows a paved asphalt path through a canyon and near Beuanaventura Blvd. The walk provides shade from the canyon and the many trees along the route.
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