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If you want to go for a nice walk (or run, or ride), Redding has a trail for you…several dozen in fact! Redding is the proud home of 225 miles of trails within a 15-mile radius of town, making it “the gem of the U.S. Trail System” (gee thanks, San Fancisco Chronicle!). Take your pick: set out from the popular Sundial Bridge- hub of the Sacramento River National Recreation Trail- or pack some dirt on your mountain bike tires in Whiskeytown National Recreation area. Bring your best friend, whether they be dog, horse, or person, and see what kind of blooms and wildlife you can spot on your chosen stretch of trail. Enjoy river views, rolling foothills, and/or sweeping valley vistas along the well-maintained trails, with amenities and kindred spirits scattered along the way. Short loops close to town and long stretches through the hills mean all abilities and any schedule can be accommodated.

Visiting Redding in the winter? Redding boasts 300 days of sunshine per year, so there’s a good chance you’ll be able to get outside and channel your inner John Muir no matter when you come. Redding is so committed to trails that the American Trails Association moved its headquarters here and happily calls it home.

If you seek a wider expanse of nature, the mountains around Redding offer more options. Castle Crags State Park offers unmatched views of Mt. Shasta and Lassen Volcanic National Park has numerous scenic trails that take visitors to bubbling mud pots, boiling lakes, and majestic vistas.

Redding’s trails are free to all, and most are dog-friendly, which means the whole family can explore together. Remember to pack your camera, a few snacks, and plenty of water, and as always, tread lightly! Check out the Redding Trails brochure below, or get a free copy at area bike shops, hotels, and the Visitor Information center at the Sundial Bridge. For happier trails, visit Redding!

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Chamise Peak Trail
If you want a 360 degree view of all things Shasta (Shasta Dam, Shasta Lake, Mount Shasta and City of Shasta Lake), look no further. This highest spot atop the mountainous spine separating Keswick Reservoir from the City of Shasta Lake, affords expansive views of the upper Sacramento Valley, the Sacramento River canyon below Shasta Dam and the western mountains. The trail is 2.4 miles, open to both hiking and mountain biking, and dog friendly! More Information

Redding, CA 96003

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Clover Creek Preserve
Clover Creek Preserve is tucked in behind a neighborhood in east Redding, and offers paved, flat trails great for walking or cycling. Enjoy the 2 mile loop with your dog, your favorite people, or just the beautiful view of Redding's rolling hills, oaks, and expansive sky. More Information
3705 Shasta View Drive
Redding, CA 96002

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Francis Berg Trail (FB)
Enjoy Beautiful views of Keswick Reservoir on this winding trail which takes you past a seasonal waterfall (access by side trails), a variety of historic roads, and mining features, including a very early palcer mining site near the water access trail. FB Trail open to mountain bikes. More Information

Redding, CA 96003

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Hornbeck Trail
Follow part of the path of Old Diggings or Quartz Hill Railroad. The long abandoned narrow gauge railroad was a critical feature that once supplied quartz to area copper smelters. Span in your imagination where copper laced trestles once crossed above steep drainages. Look for signs of historic residences that housed miners. Open to mountain bikes and equestrians. More Information

Redding, CA 96003

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Lema Ranch Trails
Those walking the McConnel Foundation Lema Ranch trails will notice a diversity of plants, from graceful weeping willows, to manzanita, oak, and pine trees, and native grasses. Many species of wildlife can be spotted, including ducks, red-winged blackbirds, egrets, and woodpeckers. Otters and muskrats occasionally show themselfs in the ponds. These serene, quiet paths among orchards, and views of mountain ranges are perfect for walkers and runners, but no pets, bicycles, or skateboards are allowed. Three main loops include: Secluded… More Information

Redding, CA 96003

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Lower Sacramento Ditch Trail
This dirt trail is dog friendly and open to hikers and mountain bikers both. More Information

Redding, CA 96003

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Mary Lake Park
Mary Lake Park, on the west side of Redding, is 29 developed acres with tree-lined walking trails winding their way around a man-made lake. Enjoy this walk with your dog and bring your binoculars for wildlife viewing. More Information
1696 Lakeside Drive
Redding, CA 96001

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McConnell Arboretum & Botanical Gardens
The Botanical Gardens of the McConnell Arboretum are the newest addition to Turtle Bay Exploration Park. Flat trails wind through 20 acres of mediterranean-climate display gardens, a children’s garden, a medicinal garden, and two beautiful and unique water features. The Arboretum extends over 200 acres with direct links to the award-winning Sacramento River National Recreation Trail. The Gardens carry Turtle Bay’s sustainability message to another level and express a very positive ethic about a harmonious fit between natural systems and human… More Information
844 Sundial Bridge Drive
Redding, CA

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Mule Ridge and Swasey Trails
Trails of varying length for hiking and mountain biking provide great views of Lassen Peak, Mount Shasta, wildflowers, streams, and gold mining encampments. Reccomended loops include Escalator, Meiner's Loop, Wintu Loop, Mule Mountain Pass, and the Mule Ridge Trails. More Information

Redding, CA 96001

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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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Sacramento River-Rail Trail
This paved trail stretches 10.7 miles between Keswick and Shasta Dam. There is also access from the Rock Creek Trailhead and Keswick Boat Ramp Trailhead. Hop aboard! Much of this trail is atop the bed of the former Central Pacific Railroad. This route was the main railroad connecting the Pacific Coast States. Portions wre abandoned in preparation for the development of Shasta Dam. Much still parallels the course of the Sacramentp River. However, some of the railroad bed was swallowed… More Information

Redding, CA 96001

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Salt Creek Trail
This trail connects the Westside Trail system to the Middle Creek Trail. You must hike/bike up Valpariso Street to the Westside Trail within the subdivision. From there you can access the Mary lake trailhead. Old mining features are found along the trail. See steel and rainbow trout when the creeks are high. More Information

Redding, CA 96001

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Turtle Bay East Trail
Accesible via a concrete section west of the Sacramento River Trail. Also accessible form the north end of Bechelli. This 80 acre open space has one mile of Sacramento River frontage. More Information
844 Sundial Bridge Drive
Redding, CA 96001

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Upper Sacramento Ditch Trail
Follow the course of a regionally important ditch that once brought water to the early gold miners of the north Redding and Shasta Lake Cithy areas. Starting near the Shasta Dam visitor parking lot, this trail stretches to the trilhead at the end of Walke Mine Road. Stop on any of the three bridges to enjoy the spring-time cascades and falls on the northern portion of the trail. Take in the views of Shasta Dam, the Sacramento River, and Keswick… More Information

Redding, CA 96003

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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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