Whiskeytown Recreational Area
JFK Declared for Recreational Use
A National Recreational area declared by JFK himself was authorized in 1965 by the United States Congress. Recreational activities available include swimming, fishing, boating, camping, hiking, and biking. With trails as diverse as its many waterways, you can challenge yourself to rugged rides as you seek out trails taking you to epic waterfalls, followed by a relaxing float in the lake. Where else has a National Park bordering the town with 80+ miles of trails that allow you to explore the backcountry? With multiple campgrounds, you have the option to ride without a drive. How could you not add this to your itinerary?
Chimney To Icebox Loop
This loop is a great one for those who want to put in some moderate miles. Once you get to the Brandy Creek Falls Trail restroom, continue up the hill. An uphill climb onto Chimney, will take you to Shasta Bally, to Middle Icebox, and finally down to lower Icebox.
Get a Little Wet
This incredible trail follows an old water canal. Depending on the month, it can hold water in some spots but is usually always passable. Just make sure you are ready to splash through some of it for extra thrills.
Brandy Creek trail is just under a mile, but very rewarding. This climb is roughly 532 ft and is one of the less traversed green doubleback trails. This trail also connects you to the Chimney Trail.
Riding Through the Woods
Papoose is an amazing trail that you can start at your campground. This is a fun 2.6-mile tight single track with a few steep sections on your way up. The trail winds through the forest and offers scenic views of Redding’s beautiful nature and wildlife.
You’ll Dig It
The Mt. Shasta Mine Trail is a rocky singletrack with a few short, hard climbs and a steep fire road climb for a small portion. There are several small creek crossings to navigate along the way. The dirt is mostly decomposed granite, but there are lots of rocks throughout this trail.
Oak Bottom is another historic ditch trail (we know, we have a lot)! This trail is great for a casual stroll along the lake with the family, or perfect for introducing someone to the thrill of riding their mountain bike off-road. If you are camped at the Oak Bottom campground, you can easily access this trail right from your campsite. After you have worked up a sweat either jogging or riding the trail, the famous Oak Bottom beach will be waiting for you at the end of the trail.