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Kayaking and paddleboarding at Shasta Lake
Middle McCloud Falls
Kyle Sheppard
A family at Lake Shasta Caverns National Natural Landmark in Redding, CA.

Redding -- your perfect getaway for hiking adventures and an outdoor vacation

By Redding CVB | 05/09/2019 | Family Friendly , Fishing, Great Outdoors, State & National Parks, Things to See and Do, Top-Sights, Trails, Waterfalls

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In Redding, located in the heart of UpState CA, you'll find an endless outdoor adventure playground perfect for all ages and interests. Hiking is one of the activities we do best around here with more than 225 miles of trails within a 15-mile radius of downtown. There is even more places to explore just on the outskirts of the city, making perfect day trips for adventure and exploration before returning to your hotel for a good night's sleep.

We've put together a few of the best places to visit to enjoy an outdoor vacation or trip that will you won't want to end.

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Take an Easy Family Hiking Adventure in Redding

Children from 6-17 years should have at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity every day, states a report from the American Heart Association, and there’s no better way to achieve this than going for a hike with the kids in tow. The Redding area offers ample opportunities for easy walking through no less than seven national forests, vigorous rivers, amazing waterfalls and hundreds of lakes so you can take your pick for a family adventure in nature during the summer or spring seasons. While there are many winter activities for the family in Redding, you can plan your hiking break when the weather is good and lap up the outdoor fun no matter how old your kids are.

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Lassen Volcanic National Park

There are numerous benefits of hiking for children and while Lassen Volcanic National Park might be one of the least visited parks due to it being snow covered for much of the year, it also ranks as one of the most exciting because of its four types of volcanoes, roaring fumaroles and boiling mud pots. With a labyrinth of trails which take you through grand forests and around mountain lakes, make sure you include a durable camping stove so you can enjoy a cooked picnic while gazing out over breathtaking views and the starry nights with vibrant views of the Milky Way. Hot food and cold drinks en route on the Manzanita Lake Loop or Devastated Area Interpretive Trails, for example, make for perfect locations to eat and have fun in the sun with family or friends.

NOTE: The best time to travel to Lassen Volcanic National Park is mid-June through October. The park is partially open as of May 9 until the road through the park connecting the northern and southern entrances are cleared from snowpack. See more updates on the park by clicking here.

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Waterfall Wonderland

The Redding area is also home to some of the state’s best waterfalls. In fact, there are 42 within a 90-minute drive of the city center, perfect for day trips in every direction. The most famed day trip is Redding's waterfall loop where you can visit five waterfalls in a day, starting with Potem Falls, driving north to McCloud to see Lower, Middle and Upper McCloud Falls, over to Hedge Creek Falls before returning to Redding. Other waterfalls closer you can visit closer to Redding include Whiskeytown Falls and Crystal Creek Falls -- both in Whiskeytown National Recreation Area. To the east of Redding, Lassen Volcanic National Park is home to Kings Creek Falls and Mill Creek Falls.

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Clear Creek Trail

In addition to hiking trails at Clear Creek Trail, you can also take the kids biking or horse riding if they’d prefer to and still follow in the footsteps of the pioneers who discovered gold here in 1848 from the creek bottom. Walk short distances through native wildflowers and spot the local wildlife from the region. The trail connects up with Clear Creek Gorge Rim Trail and Clear Creek Access Trail, both of which are less than half a mile trek. While you’re there, make sure you look out for the famous Chinook salmon who swim upstream in abundance.

Not only is spending quality time with your kids in the natural beauty of Redding one of the best gifts to give them but hiking in the great outdoors can also help to bond a family and create family memories forever.

This article was written by Jacqueline Howard.

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