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Explore Waterfalls in Every Direction from Redding

By Dan Shepler | 07/18/2018 Family Friendly , Fun and Free, Great Outdoors, Rivers, State & National Parks, Swimming, Waterfalls

Head in any direction from Redding and you are bound to run into one of the many breathtaking waterfalls we have here in Northern California. Some are as close as 15 minutes from downtown, while others are just a short scenic drive. Whether you’re a serious hiker or someone with limited mobility, there are awe-inspiring cascades for you.

East of Redding in Lassen Volcanic National Park is Kings Creek Falls and Mill Creek Falls. Both are impressive but only accessible in the summer and fall due to Lassen only open to vehicles from about June through late October. The three McCloud River Falls makes them perfect spots for people unable to hike. In fact, eight miles west of Redding in Whiskeytown National Recreation Area is the ADA Accessible Lower Crystal Creek Falls (pictured at the top) - a 0.25-mile paved walkway to the base of the falls. You can practically drive to see each of the Lower, Middle and Upper McCloud Falls with a short walk from the parking area and Lower and Upper are both ADA Accessible from the parking lot with a paved trail to the lookout point.

Check out the famous Waterfall Loop around Redding!

Upper McCloud Falls in the spring from the lookout point

For the more adventurous hikers, Brandy Creek Falls in Whiskeytown National Recreation Area, Hedge Creek Falls (north of Redding), Kings Creek Falls (east of Redding) in Lassen Volcanic National Park, and Feather Falls and Phantom Falls (south of Redding) are exceptional options. All of the falls in the area are uniquely beautiful and each one offers it’s own experience that is worthwhile.

Hiking alongside Brandy Creek up to the falls.

Brandy Creek Falls in the spring is full of cascading falls surrounded by moss-covered rocks.

If you are planning on visiting any of the falls during the summer months, be sure to bring your swimsuit! Some of them have great swimming just below the cascade such as Lower McCloud Falls. A little online research will give you all the information you need to know on whether or not there is swimming where you’re headed.

About the Author/photographer: Dan Shepler is a local creative with a passion for the outdoors and the area. His work has taken him all over the world to see some incredible things through the eye of a lens. When not working, you can find him on the water somewhere with a fly rod in hand. To learn more about Dan or to see some of his work, visit All photos belong to Dan Shepler in partnership with Visit Redding.

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