After 20 years of both living in Redding and visiting Redding on vacation, we've discovered some great places for recreational day trips with great stops along the way for a great day of Redding Recreation.
Whiskeytown National Recreation Area
This is a beautiful lake without the large crowds. We love to take our ski boat out to one of the small islands on the lake and spend the day swimming in the warm water. If you prefer to just relax and have a picnic, there are many beaches and picnic areas around the lake.
Located just minutes from downtown Redding. Whiskeytown Lake, provides 36 miles of shoreline and 3200 surface acres of water, and is excellent for most water-related activities, including boat free swimming areas, scuba diving, water skiing, boating and fishing. Other popular activities include kayaking, canoeing sailing and windsurfing. Ranger guided programs are offered during the summer months..
Directions: From Interstate 5, take the Highway 44 West exit toward Downtown Redding and Eureka. From Downtown Redding, follow Highway 299 west toward Eureka for approximately 8 miles to reach the Visitor Center. For more info, visit the Whiskeytown Visitors Web Site.
Famous for houseboating and water skiing, Shasta Lake is located just minutes from Redding and is part of the Whiskeytown Shasta Trinity National Recreation Area. Camping, hiking, hunting and mountain biking opportunities abound
While Shasta Lake may look like several lakes at first glance, it is actually one big lake with 370 miles of shoreline. Shasta Lake has an excellent visitors center located on Mountain Gate exit off of Highway 5 where you can pick up maps, brochures and general information about the lake. You can contact the Shasta Lake Visitor Information Center by calling (530) 275-1589, (530) 242-5526 (TDD) or by visiting the Shasta Lake Visitor Web Site
Shasta State Historic Park
If you are looking for a great way to spend an afternoon and enjoy western history, then Shasta Lake Historic Park is a good choice. Located just 6 miles from Redding w. on SR 299. A gold-rush relic of days gone by when Shasta was a robust gold mining town of 2500. Today there is a museum that contains historical exhibits including the Boggs Collection of 100 years of California Art. Some interesting unrestored buildings still stand as reminders of Shasta's mining days.
One of our favorite State Parks in the Redding area is the Castle Craigs State Park. The park got its name from its magnificent 6,000-feet glacier-polished craigs. The park is located six miles south of Dunsmuir right off of I-5 and is about a 40 minutes drive from Redding. The drive is well worth it as when you get to the park, you really feel that you have gotten away from the maddening crowds.
The park offers swimming and fishing in the Sacramento River in the summer, hiking in the back country, and a view of Mount Shasta. The 4,350-acre park also features 28 miles of very well groomed hiking trails, which are great for day hikes, including a 2.7 mile access trail to Castle Crags Wilderness, part of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. There are 76 developed campsites and six environmental campsites. Crest Trail also passes through the park. You can reach the park directly by telephone 530-235-2684 or 530-225-2065. If you need to make camping reservations or need more detailed information, contact the State Parks Web Site or you can call them directly at (1-800-444-7275).
Another park that's well worth the drive from Redding is Mc-Arthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park. The park is northeast of Redding, 6 miles north of Highway 299 on Highway 89 near the Burney State Park and is about a 45 minutes to drive there from Redding.
Visitors from across the West are attracted to Burney Falls to see the spectacular 129-foot waterfall. You can walk from the park entrance to a rocky overlook which is the main overlook for picture taking. There is also an easy 1 mile loop around the waterfall and back to the park if you just want to see the waterfall. If you want to explore the park in more detail, there are several longer hiking trails. Our favorite is to take the Lake Trail or the Rim Trail to Lake Britton. It's an easy pretty walk and is about 3 miles round trip. Picnicking and Camping is also offered.
Burney Falls was evidentially named after pioneer settler Samuel Burney who lived in the area in the 1850s. The McArthurs arrived in the late 1800s.as pioneers.and were responsible for saving the waterfall and nearby land from development. They purchased the property and gave it to the state as a gift in the 1920s. For more detailed information about Burney Falls, you can contact the State Parks Web Site or you can call them at (1-800-444-7275)
The peaks of the Lassen Volcano can seen from almost anywhere in Redding and even though they look far away, you can actually reach the park in less than an hours drive. The last eruption began in Spring of 1914 with a spring of relatively small eruptions which finally reached their peak in 1915. This activity continued until about 1921.
Today, Lassen Volcanic National Park is one of the most beautiful and interesting park in the county with over 150 miles of trails and a beautiful significant scenic highway which provide access to volcanic wonders including steam vents, mud pots, boiling pools, volcanic peaks, and painted dunes. For more detailed information about the park, you can contact the National Park Web site or call them at (530) 595-4444.