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6 Amazing waterfalls just outside of Redding

By Redding CVB | 04/18/2018 Family Friendly , Great Outdoors, Things to See and Do, Trails, Waterfalls

Redding, California, was made for exploring. With hiking trails, fishing holes, and mountain peaks for days, this isn’t a place where you stay cooped up inside. That’s why turned to Visit Redding to encourage you to get outside and see what Mother Nature has in store!

Whether you’re a day-tripper looking to venture beyond Redding or a visitor getting a taste of adventure in UpState California, you’ll soon find that this region is home to nearly 50 amazing waterfalls tucked between mountain ranges and hidden behind the foliage. 

Hop in the car and take a hike to these six whimsical falls, where you’ll hear the soundtrack of rushing water and feel misty droplets on your skin. 

Brandy Creek Falls
Distance from Redding: 9 miles
Venture west of Redding toward the Whiskeytown National Recreation Area’s Visitor Center in search of the Brandy Creek Falls Trail. It’s a steep, uphill trek, but the energy you’ll exert is so worth it. The trail leads to both upper and lower vantage points of Brandy Creek Falls. The 25-foot upper falls (pictured at the top) is particularly unique in that it splits down the middle, creating two sets of flowing water — now that’s what we call a breathtaking view! 

Hedge Creek Falls
Distance from Redding: 53 miles
Hedge Creek Falls may be on the smaller side, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in charm. Plunging roughly 35 feet over a basalt wall, it invites you to creep between the veil of water and the cave behind to witness the wonder from a different perspective. After soaking up this intimate oasis, continue the hike toward the observation deck, where the views of Mt. Shasta are irresistible. 

Kings Creek Falls 
Distance from Redding: 62 miles
The roaring Kings Creek Falls cascade down fern-covered rocks, east of Redding. You may hear the rushing water before you even set sights on the magnificent 40-foot falls. Admire the natural beauty and climb the stone staircase toward the Cascades Foot Trail. Keep in mind, the waterfall hike has a 7,300-foot elevation, so don’t be surprised if you see snow well into the summer months. Note: Trail is closed due to snow, will be open in late May.

Burney Falls
Distance from Redding: 63 miles
McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park is the perfect place for a peaceful retreat in nature. Take a romp around this park in the Cascade Range in search of the star of the show: Burney Falls. Flowing 129 feet into a basin, this magical waterfall has several different falls, creating a stunning curtain of water. One look at Burney Falls, and you won’t wonder why it’s considered one of the most stunning in the region. 

Mill Creek Falls
Distance from Redding: 70 miles
It’s time to discover the tallest waterfall in Lassen Volcanic National Park. Begin your adventure behind the amphitheater and follow the trail to Mill Creek Falls. The 3.8-mile loop arrives at the majestic waterfall, which features an impressive 75-foot drop. Because of the surrounding forest and terrain, there are only a few spots that offer the best vantage points, so you may have to get creative for a good photo op! Note: Trail is closed due to snow, will be open in late May.

Phantom Falls
Distance from Redding: 90 miles
It’s not easy finding the elusive Phantom Falls. Nestled away on North Table Mountain, this hidden 135-foot waterfall lives up to its name. In fact, there’s no trail leading to this coveted spot, so you’ll need a compass or GPS to help you find the way. For the most epic experience, make the journey after a good rain or in spring when the wildflowers are in bloom — you won’t be disappointed! 

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