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We camped at Malakoff Diggins 2 weeks ago and loved it. I agree that many of the sites don't have very level parking areas, but also that it was pretty empty when we were there so we had a lot to pick from. We got site #26, which was perfect. The only time they are apparently busy is during their Humbug Days weekend, in early June I think. A week or two before we were there.
Lots of trails, and lots of flowering bear clover all around. We were there with our 2 and 4 year olds, and they really enjoyed it. Especially the free Gold Panning activity they have at 3pm in "town".
You'd think the largest hydraulic gold mining site in the state would be pretty ugly, but it's really not. The mining location is actually down the road a bit, and we really didn't explore that very much. Mostly you're in the pines, and exploring the historic buildings. There is also a pond that has a trail around it. You can fish, but you're not supposed to eat what you catch. We watched the 5 year old daughter of a Ranger catch a fish using a stick with some line on it.
There is a gourmet corner market up the road maybe 15-20 minutes with organics and stuff. Pricey, but tasty.
There are also several geocaches in the park, if you're into that. We are. http://www.geocaching.com. It's really fun with the kids.
One more note. We came in via the paved route going up Hwy 49 and then coming over on Tyler Foote Rd as recommended on the Parks webpage. However, we left via North Bloomfield road, which is gravel, but just fine for a bus. Lots of local drive it in passenger cars. It's only gravel for 5 miles or so. Then you get to the river crossing, which is more scenic than the one on Hwy 49. Then the pavement starts again, which is good, because it's a fairly steep accent up the over side.