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Redding, CA may be famous for its Sundial Bridge, but visitors are discovering that it’s also a great home base for trips to the nearby parks. 

Just minutes from Redding, Whiskeytown National Recreation Area is an outdoor lover’s paradise, boasting waterfalls, beaches, and trails, and offering boating and paddling year round. Just east of Redding is the unique Lassen Volcanic National Park, with mountain scenery reminiscent of Yosemite and thermal wonders similar to Yellowstone. Adventurers enjoy the trails while others relax with lakeside strolls and birdwatching in flowering meadows. The park offers cross-country skiing and free snowshoe tours, and its summertime Dark Sky Festival draws stargazers from all over the West. Everywhere in between, you'll find state parks with historical significance, breathtaking vistas, and unparalleled beauty. 

Redding: an ideal launch for your tour of California’s national and state parks. 

 

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Ahjumawi Lava Springs State Park
Ahjumawi Lava Spring State Park is an outdoor area with an abundance lava rock. The park features over twenty miles of park trails by which to explore the area. The park is located in remote northeastern Shasta County and can only be reached by boat. Visitors can launch into Big Lake at a PGE public boat launch known as Rat Farm. It is reached from McArthur by turning north off Highway 299 on to Main St., continuing past the Intermountain Fairgrounds, crossing over… More Information

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530-335-2777
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Castle Crags State Park
Castle Crags State Park is named for 6,000-feet tall glacier-polished crags and offers swimming and fishing in the Sacramento River, hiking in the back country, and a view of Mount Shasta. The park features 28 miles of hiking trails, including a 2.7 mile access trail to Castle Crags Wilderness, part of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. The Pacific Crest Trail also passes through the park. Whether you need breathtaking views or just a pleasant walk in nature, Castle Crags has something for… More Information
Castle Crags Road
Castella, CA 96017
(530) 235-2684
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Lake Shasta Caverns National Natural Landmark
A trip to Shasta Caverns is ‘Three Adventures in One!’ Enjoy a scenic catamaran cruise across Shasta Lake, a fun bus ride to the cave entrance, and an information-filled tour of what some geologists consider one of the most beautiful limestone caves in the USA! More Information
20359 Shasta Caverns Road
Lakehead, CA 96051
(530) 238-2341
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Lassen Volcanic National Park
Less than an hour's drive from Redding sits beautiful Lassen Volcanic National Park. The park boasts incredible mountain scenery reminiscent of Yosemite, as well as, fascinating thermal wonders similar to Yellowstone, with a fraction of the visitors. See three of the four different types of geothermal features, including steam vents, mud pots, and hot springs; all four types of volcanoes (shield, plug dome, cinder cone, and composite); and all types of naturally occurring lakes! The park is open year-round; however, the… More Information
Hwy 36E
Mineral, CA 96063
(530) 595-4480
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Lava Beds National Monument
Lava Beds National Monument is a land of turmoil, both geological and historical. Over the last half-million years, volcanic eruptions on the Medicine Lake shield volcano have created a rugged landscape dotted with diverse volcanic features. More than 700 caves, Native American rock art sites, historic battlefields and campsites, and a high desert wilderness experience await you! More Information
1 Indian Well Headquarters
Tulelake, CA 96134
(530) 667-8100
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McArthur-Burney Falls State Memorial Park
The centerpiece of this popular state park is 129-foot Burney Falls, which is not the highest or largest waterfall in the state, but possibly the most beautiful. Hailed as The Eigth Wonder of the World by Teddy Roosevelt, Burney Falls is fed by underground springs and flows at 100 million gallons every day. The falls can easily be enjoyed from the top at the lookout point. But for a more refreshing experience, take the trail to the pool at the… More Information
Hwy 89
Burney, CA 96013
(530) 335-2777
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Sacramento River National Recreation Trail
The Sacramento River Trail, which crosses the world famous Sundial Bridge in the heart of Redding, and the Sacramento River Rail Trail, which extends north all the way to Shasta Dam and sits alongside an historic abandoned railway, have both been designated as National Recreation Trails in the National Trail System and together make up the Sacramento River National Recreation Trail. The winding trail is popular with locals and visitors alike who want to take a casual stroll, a beautiful… More Information
777 Auditorium Drive
Redding, CA 96001
(530) 225-4100
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Shasta State Historic Park
Six miles west of Redding a row of old, half-ruined, brick buildings remind passing motorists that Shasta City, the Queen City of California's northern mining district, once stood on this site. These ruins and some of the nearby roads, cottages, and cemeteries are all silent but eloquent vestiges of the intense activity that was centered here during the California gold rush. Iron shutters still swing on massive, old hinges before the doors and windows of grass-filled, roofless buildings that once… More Information
Hwy 299
Shasta, CA 96087
(530) 243-8194
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Weaverville Joss House State Historic Park
The Joss House temple is the oldest continuously used Chinese temple in California. On display are art objects, pictures, mining tools, and weapons used in the 1854 Tong War. This Taoist temple is still a place of worship and a fascinating look into the role played by Chinese immigrants in early California history. The temple was built in 1874 as a replacement for another that had burned. In an effort to preserve this important part of California's Chinese tradition, the temple… More Information
630 Main Street
Weaverville, CA 96093
(530) 623-5284
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Whiskeytown Kayak Programs
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area's ranger-led kayak programs are a great way for families and friends to learn about nature while participating in fun and exciting outdoor activities. Please call the visitor center at (530) 246-1225 or Ranger Jeff at (530) 242-3421 for the latest information on ranger-led programs. General Kayak Information: Reservations are required and can be made up to two weeks in advance of a tour date by calling (530) 242-3462. Volunteers are usually available to take your call from… More Information
14412 John F Kennedy Memorial Rd
Whiskeytown, CA 96095
(530) 246-1225
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Whiskeytown National Recreation Area
This place has more than just a great name! Eight miles west of Redding, Whiskeytown National Recreation Area is located at the juncture of the Klamath Mountain range and the northern edge of the Sacramento Valley, making it home to a special collection of plant and animal life, and year-round beauty. The park features Whiskeytown Lake, Shasta Bally mountain (6,209 ft.), and numerous waterfalls, providing outdoor enthusiasts opportunities for water recreation, hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding. Lake-based recreation is popular… More Information
14412 Kennedy Memorial Drive
Whiskeytown, CA 96095
(530) 246-1225
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William B. Ide Adobe State Historic Park
William B. Ide wrote the proclamation that established the short-lived California Bear Republic in 1846. It lasted 22 days. Ide recognized the opportunities available to him in the West and as a surveyor, miner, treasurer, district attorney, deputy clerk, and judge, provided support and leadership to this northern part of California. While the park memorializes Ide's role in early California history, recent research has shown he never owned the property. Like William B. Ide, pioneer settlers at Adobe Ranch arrived… More Information
21659 Adobe Rd
Red Bluff, CA 96080
(530) 529-0859
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