Activities

Redding is centrally located in the heart of the great outdoors, and the opportunity for recreation is vast and varied. Surrounded on three sides by millions of acres of public land including Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, Lassen Volcanic National Park, McArthur Burney Falls Memorial State Park, spectacular Mt. Shasta, and the pristine Trinity Alps, Redding is the perfect 'base camp' for exploring the hotbed of adventure travel in California! Redding is also home to the magnificent Sundial Bridge, the newly renovated Cascade Theatre, Turtle Bay Exploration Park, and the Sacramento River National Recreation Trail.

Whiskeytown National Recreation Area

Whiskeytown Lake's beautiful sapphire-blue waters, surrounded by mountain peaks, are perhaps the most prominent feature of the park. However, water-based recreation is only a small part of what the park has to offer. The 39,000 acres surrounding the lake hold four waterfalls, pristine mountain creeks, 70 miles of trails, and opportunities to explore the history of the California Gold Rush.

Current Road, Trail, and Campground Conditions

Since conditions throughout the park can change rapidly and unexpectedly , we recommend you please call the Visitor Center at (530)246-1225 for the most up-to-date information on park conditions.

Road Closures: Shasta Bally Road: Closed at Sheep Camp for the winter season.

Crystal Creek Road: The entire gravel portion of the road from the gate just beyond the James K. Carr Trailhead to the road's intersection with County Line Road has been closed for the winter season.

South Fork Mountain Lookout Road: This road is closed in order to control access. Visitors who wish to gain vehicular access can visit Park Headquarters Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to request the combination to the gate. Visitors must bring a photo identification and state their purpose for using the road.
Peltier Valley Road: The road is closed for the restoration and construction phases currently in progress at Peltier Bridge Primitive Camp.

Trail Closures:

Crystal Creek Falls: The Crystal Creek Falls trail will be closed on weekdays only for grading and pavement construction through the month of May. The trail will be open to visitors on weekends. Upon its reopening, the road will be paved and ADA Accessible for people with disabilities.

Campgrounds and Campsites that are closed:

Peltier Bridge Primitive Campground: All sites are closed for a construction and renovation project. The projected reopening is sometime in April, depending upon the weather and other factors.

Brandy Creek Primitive Campsites: Both sites are closed for the winter season

Crystal Creek Primitive Campsites: Both sites are closed for the winter season

Beaches & Picnic Areas that are currently closed:

Brandy Creek Beach: Vehicular access is closed at J.f. Kennedy Memorial Drive. Visitors can park in the gravel lot adjacent to the entrance and walk in on the road or the paved trail which starts adjacent to the restroom

Facilities and Services that are closed or unavailable:

Water services: Water has been shut off at the following locations for the winter season to prevent damage from freezing temperatures:
  1. All water fountains except those at the visitor center and the Oak Bottom Tent Campground.
  2. Brandy Creek RV Campground
  3. Brandy Creek Beach Restrooms in Parking Lot A. The Lot B restroom remains open at the Davis Gulch Trailhead, but the water fountain is shut off.
  4. Fish Cleaning Stations at Oak Bottom Launch and Brandy Creek Marina
  5. Horse Camp spigot
  6. Whiskey Creek Boat Launch
  7. Dry Creek Group Campground

Lassen Volcanic National Park

The remarkable hydrothermal features in Lassen Volcanic National Park include roaring fumaroles (steam and volcanic-gas vents), thumping mud pots, boiling pools, and steaming ground. Water from rain and snow that falls on the highlands of the park feed the hydrothermal system. Once deep underground, the water is heated by a body of hot or molten rock beneath Lassen Peak. Rising hot water boils to form boiling pools and mud pots. Super-heated steam reaches the surface through fractures in the earth to form fumaroles such as those found at Bumpass Hell and Sulphur Works. These features are related to active volcanism and are indications of the ongoing potential for further eruptions from the Lassen "volcanic center."

The areas of hydrothermal activity in Lassen Volcanic include:

Bumpass Hell - A 16 acre bowl of activity viewed from a boardwalk and the largest hydrothermal area in the park. A 3 mile round-trip hike is required.

Little Hot Springs Valley - Located at the bottom of a steep valley, steam vents can be viewed via the park road with binoculars. There is no hike.

Pilot Pinnacle - There is no hike or parking area. Features include steam vents, boiling pools and mudpots.

Sulphur Works - The most easily accessed area; boiling mudpots, and steam vents can be viewed via a sidewalk.

Devils Kitchen - Located in Warner Valley via a hiking trail; features include steam vents, mudpots and boiling pools.

Boiling Springs Lake - Located in Warner Valley - A number of steam vents are located under Boiling Springs Lake, keeping the temperature of the lake around 125 degrees. A number of mudpots line part of the shore.
Terminal Geyser - Located in Warner Valley - Not a true geyser, but a steam vent with water running over the top give the appearance of a geyser.

McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial SP

State Park

Burney falls trail was closed throughout the summer and fall of 2010 for repairs, they are now complete and the trail is again open.

The park is within the Cascade Range and Modoc Plateau natural region, with forest and five miles of streamside and lake shoreline, including a portion of Lake Britton.

The park's centerpiece is the 129-foot Burney Falls, which is not the highest or largest waterfall in the state, but possibly the most beautiful. Additional water comes from springs, joining to create a mist-filled basin. Burney Creek originates from the park's underground springs and flows to Lake Britton, getting larger along the way to the majestic falls.

The park's landscape was created by volcanic activity as well as erosion from weather and streams. This volcanic region is surrounded by mountain peaks and is covered by black volcanic rock, or basalt. Created over a million years ago, the layered, porous basalt retains rainwater and snow melt, which forms a large underground reservoir.

Within the park, the water emerges as springs at and above Burney Falls, where it flows at 100 million gallons every day.

Burney Falls was named after pioneer settler Samuel Burney who lived in the area in the 1850s. The McArthurs were pioneer settlers who arrived in the late 1800s. Descendants were responsible for saving the waterfall and nearby land from development. They bought the property and gave it to the state as a gift in the 1920s.

Location-Directions

The park is northeast of Redding, six miles north of Highway 299 on Highway 89 near Burney.

Special Events

On the Sunday of Columbus Day weekend, the park hosts Heritage Day, featuring demonstrations and recreations of activities and crafts common to people during the late 19th century.

Seasons/Climate/Recommended Clothing

Summer and spring are warm; fall and winter can be cool. Layered clothing is advised.

Hiking

There are five miles of hiking trails winding through the park's evergreen forests. The Pacific Crest Trail passes through the park.

Wi-Fi Service
McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park now offers AT&T Wi-Fi Service!
This service enables park visitors with wireless enabled laptop computers or personal digital assistants (PDAs) to access the Internet. You can access this service if you are within a 150 foot range base of the Snack Bar/VIsitor Center. For more information about this service please see January 19, 2005, News Release.

Mt. Shasta

For thousands of years Native Americans of the Shasta, Klamath, Pit, Modoc and Wintu tribes utilized the abundant natural resources of the Mount Shasta area. The first Europeans arrived in about 1820 when trappers came here for fur bearing animals. Silver and gold brought miners to this area after 1851, and when the railroad laid tracks through Strawberry Valley in 1887, the timber industry got underway.

Today, outdoor lovers—from extreme sports enthusiasts to family vacationers and retirees—are enjoying the vast recreational opportunities the Mount Shasta region has to offer.

Mount Shasta is one of Northern California's fastest growing new locations for destination vacationing, from luxury resort retreats to wilderness camping.

Activities

Siskiyou County offers a wealth of recreational opportunities for active individuals and families. Scattered throughout the county's varied landscape are hundreds of miles of hiking and biking trails. Spectacular mountain vistas and crystal-clear alpine lakes make Mt. Shasta the most idyllic destination in the county.

Mount Shasta is a single peak in the Cascade chain, with a height of 14,162 feet. Rising 11,000 feet from the surrounding valley, it dominates the landscape of northern California. It presents a thousand different faces, inspires great awe and respect, and beckons all to view it from every possible perspective.

Trinity Alps

Shasta-Trinity National Forest Headquarters
3644 Avtech Parkway
Redding, CA 96002
(530) 226-2500
711 (TTY) All Offices

Recreation

The Shasta-Trinity is the largest national forest in California with a diverse landscape ranging from 1,000 to 14,162 feet. The 2.1 million acre forest encompasses five wilderness areas, hundreds of mountain lakes and 6,278 miles of streams and rivers. Hikers, backpackers and horseback riders will find over 460 miles of trails to explore. They range from wide trails with easy grades to rough rocky steep grades. The employees of the "Shasta-T" manage a healthy forest by enhancing wildlife habitat, maintaining clean water, producing timber products and safeguarding communities at risk from wildfires. Pivotal in the economical, tourism and recreational aspects of Northern California, the Shasta-Trinity is a land of breathtaking beauty and a place for everyone to enjoy the great outdoors.

Season of Use:

Most recreation sites within the Shasta-Trinity are open from May 15 through September 15. During the remainder of the year, some sites may be kept open as needed or as weather permits. Recreational facilities that remain open will offer reduced services. Some water systems are turned off during the winter months.

Length of Stay:

Camping at improved campgrounds is limited to the maximum number of days posted at the site (generally no more than 14 days). Camping outside of improved campgrounds (dispersed camping) is limited to thirty (30) days within a one (1) year period, starting with the first day of occupancy.

Fees:

Family campground fees range from $10 to $50 per day, depending on the types of services offered. Group campground fees range from $30 to $110 per night. Fee listings for individual cmapground are available upon request. There is a $5 fee for a second vehicle (if space allows) at some sites.

Pets:

Pets are allowed in the recreation areas unless posted. They must be on a leash not longer than six feet, or otherwise under physical restrictive control when in a developed site.

Campfire Permits:

Campfire permits are required outside of a designated campsite and may be obtained free of charge from your nearest Forest Service, CalFire or Bureau of Land Management office.

Dispersed Camping:

Generally, dispersed camping is allowed outside of developed sites within the Shasta-Trinity unless otherwise posted. The exception to this is Lewiston Lake. Camping is prohibited within 1/4 mile of the high water mark with no exceptions.

Fireworks and Firearms:

It is prohibited to discharge a firearm or any other implement capable of taking human life, causing injury, or damaging property: (1) in or within 150 yards of a residence, building, campsite, developed recreation site, or occupied area, or (2) across or on a Forest Development road, or a body of water adjacent thereto, or in any manner or place whereby any person or property is exposed to injury or damage as a result of such discharge. (261.10d)

It is illegal to discharge or ignite a firecracker, rocket or other firework, or explosive on all National Forest lands (261.14d), and in Shasta County.

Sacramento River National Recreation Trail

The Sacramento River Trail is viewed by the public as an essential part of what makes Redding a real community. The trail is a vital infrastructure component that contributes to the multi-modal transportation system, it is a valuable recreation amenity, and it helps establish a sense of place.

Once completed, the river trail system will provide 20 miles of public access to the Sacramento River between Shasta Dam and downtown Redding. Based on a partnership between the City of Redding, Bureau of Reclamation, Bureau of Land Management, and Shasta County, this trail system is an example of what is possible through a joint effort between various agencies and local groups.

The City of Redding is home to the national headquarters of American Trails and was a co-host of the 2000 National Trails Symposium . In 2000, Redding and its partners initiated an aggressive eight-year, $30 million trails and bikeway capital improvement program . When the capital program is completed, the Sacramento River Trail will be connected to hundreds of miles of mountain bike, hiking and equestrian trails at both the Whiskeytown and Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Areas. The Sacramento River Corridor runs through the center of Redding. The river corridor has provided a unique opportunity to develop an urban trail system within several miles of lush riparian habitat. Sixty miles of trails have been built so far, connecting residential neighborhoods to regional parks, federal open spaces, the 220-acre Turtle Bay Exploration Park and, most recently, to a regional commercial district. The trail system provides for a variety of activities.

A grand partnership for trails and the river

The partners include California State Parks, CalTrans, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, National Park Service, California Boating and Waterways, California Wildlife Conservation Board, California Department of Water Resources, California Conservation Corps, Sacramento Watershed Action Group, Turtle Bay Exploration Park, Federal Highway Administration, private developers, and The McConnell Foundation.

Among the greenway partners, over 20 have invested or pledged dollars towards the completion of the River Trail. The Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation have contributed land. Construction dollars were given by the California State Department of Parks and Recreation, the National Park Service, the Federal Highway Administration, and the McConnell Foundation.

Many of the trail amenities, such as drinking fountains and benches, were donated by Boy Scouts, service clubs, a local builders exchange and private contractors.

Trail development

The eight-foot wide trail is designed for pedestrian and bicycling traffic; motorized traffic (such as trail bikes and off road vehicles) are strictly prohibited. Because of this, the trail attracts people of all ages— from the dedicated jogger to the couple out for an evening stroll, from the weekend bicyclist and family outings to the fisherman looking for that ideal angling spot.

Starting at the Diestlehorst Bridge entrance, the southern portion of the trail covers 2.5 miles of fairly flat spaces and rolling hills to the pedestrian footbridge below Keswick Dam. This 13-foot-wide 420-foot-long concrete stress-ribbon bridge is unique to this continent. This bridge type has been used in Czechoslovakia, Switzerland, and Germany. The Diestlehorst Bridge has received national awards from the Portland Cement Association and the California Parks and Recreation Society. Crossing over to the north side, the trail continues for another 1.4 miles over steeper, more rugged terrain that contours with the river.

With a slight break through a comfortable residential area, the trail picks up again for 0.8 of a mile and exits on Lake Redding Drive, near Caldwell Park and the original entrance. From start to finish, the complete loop is approximately 6 miles and can easily be walked in a couple of hours. To complement the original 6-mile loop a 1.7 mile extension of the Sacramento River Trail has been added on the river's north bank from the Diestlehorst Bridge to Benton Ranch. The new section of trail is 12 feet across and runs downriver through Lake Redding and Caldwell Parks under the Market Street vehicle bridge, stopping near the downstream end of Benton Ranch.

Plans and linkages

Plans are now in the works to complete another 10 miles of trail and rail-trail which will run north and link the stress-ribbon bridge to the Shasta Dam. The River Trail linking to and running through the Turtle Bay Exploration Park is what really makes this trail unique. The Alliance, a Redding not-for-profit organization, is continuing to develop a 300-acre interpretive park on both banks of the Sacramento River, called Turtle Bay Exploration Park. Through the merger of four organizations, Carter House Natural Science Museum, the Redding Arboretum by the River, the Forest Museum and the Redding Museum of Art & History, The Alliance of Redding Museums links these separate disciplines into one coherent experience: Turtle Bay.

Turtle Bay tells the story of the region and its people through wildlife exhibits, gardens and trails, and a 34,000 sq. ft. museum. The network of paved and unpaved trails unifies the varied museum experiences.

The Turtle Bay Sundial Bridge

The most spectacular feature of the trail system is a bridge crossing the Sacramento River designed by Santiago Calatrava, world renowned architect, engineer, and artist. The glass-decked Turtle Bay Sundial pedestrian bridge is the centerpiece of the new regional trail system, and has become the urban icon for the northern part of the state. Two major property owners, the City of Redding and the McConnell Foundation, have provided long-term leases to Turtle Bay for the project, which is directly accessed via state highway, city streets, and Redding's urban river trail system.

The Sundial Bridge is part of the City of Redding's Sacramento River Trail system. Turtle Bay operates the café, public restrooms, drinking fountains, and other amenities at the trail entrance. Turtle Bay has a number of other community partnerships. A coalition of Turtle Bay, Shasta College, Sequoia Middle School, and a private environmental engineering firm are restoring salmon habitat in Sulphur Creek on the Arboretum.

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