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Explore Outdoor Recreation in Upstate California

There's a lot more to California than just palm trees and Golden Gates! Explore the magnificent far northern California landscape and you'll find awesome granite spires, beautiful painted dunes, breathtaking waterfalls, and the only bridge in the world that functions as a sundial!

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.

Numerous backcountry roads and scenic highways and byways--including the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway All American Road--offer a great alternative when traveling to your favorite outdoor destination. Don't forget to bring your GPS so you can experience GeoCaching--there are nearly 200 geocaches in the Redding area just waiting to be discovered! 

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Your Guide to the Best Kayaking in Redding, CA
You’ll find a wide variety of kayaking opportunities in and around Redding, but here are a few favorites that should make the to-do list for any visitor to the area.
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10 Kid-Friendly Outdoor Adventures in Redding, CA
Tucked away at the top of California in the Shasta-Cascade region, Redding is a great spot to take your kids for an outdoor family adventure. Parents will find lakes, rivers, hiking trails, culture, and gold-mining history a-plenty—all ready to be…
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10 Lakes, Rivers, Pools, and Swimming Holes Where You Can Cool Off in Redding, CA
The variety of options for getting in the water to beat the heat in Redding, CA makes this city a great spot for families and outdoor adventurers in the summertime.
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10 Things to do for $10 or less when visiting Redding
Let’s face it, when we travel, we want to enjoy attractions and things to do wherever it is that we go. But sometimes we want to stretch our dollars as far as we can. Luckily for you, Redding has plenty…
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The 8 Best Dog-Friendly Trails near Redding
Hiking in and around Redding, California, is fantastic, but there’s one way to make it even better—hitting the trails with your favorite four-legged friend. Take advantage of these eight scenic and dog-friendly trails.
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Hiking to Kings Creek Falls in Lassen Volcanic National Park
King’s Creek Falls is a 40-foot waterfall located in the middle of Lassen Volcanic National Park. The trail is moderate, which makes it a perfect adventure for the casual hiker, or a nice add on to the nearby Lassen Peak…
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3 Hikes to Lose Yourself in Nature in Lassen Volcanic National Park
There is nothing quite like being outdoors, and experiencing the solitude found on the trail. I also love that hiking can be for everyone. Whether you prefer summiting a mountain peak, climbing along a cascading creek, or taking a stroll…
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Redding -- your perfect getaway for hiking adventures and an outdoor vacation
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…
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10 Amazing Waterfalls to See in Northern California
An international outdoor destination ringed by the Southern Cascades to the east and the much smaller range of the Trinity Alps to the west, Redding is a hotspot for waterfall chasers. It’s an area with both short and long winding…
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10 Awesome National & State Park Day Trips Worth Taking from Redding
Wild, uncrowded, and memorable—these are the defining features of the far Northern California outdoors. The expanse of public lands around the town of Redding features an endless lineup of outdoor adventures, from fly fishing to summit bagging to scenic driving.…
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Why Redding Is An Underrated Mountain Bike Town
In far Northern California, the promise of uncrowded trails means plenty of space to spread out and shred the singletrack—and Redding serves as the best base camp to explore it all. Within 15 miles, you’ll find more than 225 miles…
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The 11 Best Hikes in Northern California
It’s no secret that California is home to some of the best hiking in the country, especially in the northern part of the state. With a lifetime’s worth of hiking opportunities, the tough part can be zeroing in on one…
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How to Plan a Perfect Couples Getaway in Redding
Whether your perfect date includes stargazing in a national park, watching the sunset over a vineyard, or enjoying a night on the town, you can find it in Redding, California, a fantastic place to spend time with your special someone.…
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8 Fun Winter Activities for the Whole Family in Redding, CA
Redding, California, sits in the backyard of some of Northern California’s best outdoor recreation and wilderness, from majestic Mt. Shasta to lesser-known gems amid the Siskiyou and Cascade ranges. Redding makes for a great home base for outdoor adventure in…
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Top 7 Attractions You Want to Cross off Your Bucket List in Redding, CA
Burney Falls. Photo courtesy of @jermverde on InstagramSteeped in state history and beset by the Sacramento River, Redding has since 1844 existed as the deserving home of satisfied locals. Since first inhabited by Wintu Native Americans, Redding has plays host…
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Exploring the Undiscovered Gems of UpState CA With Redding as Your Home Base
A nearly uninterrupted expanse of forest teeming with snow-capped volcanoes, trails, and wild rivers makes Northern California’s Shasta Cascade region an unparalleled hub for outdoor adventure. The area encompasses 20 percent of the state’s land mass but has less than…
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10 Extreme Adventures to Try on Your Next Trip to Redding, CA
Imagine a place where a weekend can involve cliff jumping into waterfall-fed pools, backcountry skiing on an active volcano, rock climb on granite spires, and whitewater rafting wild rivers. Sounds like paradise, right? For those of us familiar with Northern…
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6 Can't-Miss Outdoor Experiences That You Can Only Have in Redding, California
The northernmost portion of California is a dream come true for outdoor enthusiasts, and the city of Redding sits smack dab in the middle, making it an ideal base camp for boaters, rafters, sailors, hikers, and cyclists (just to name…
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The Ultimate Guide to Lake & Water Life in Redding
Redding might be the largest city in the Shasta Cascade region of Northern California, but that doesn’t mean you’ll find the crowds that you think of when you hear “California.” In fact, this area makes up the 20 percent of…
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Why Redding, California Is the Family Getaway You Didn't Know You Needed
If you think you know California, but haven’t visited the northern Shasta Cascade region, also known as UpStateCA, you’re missing out on some of the best outdoor recreation and natural beauty the Golden State has to offer. Situated in the…
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Cinder Cone
Exposed path of loose cinders skirts the Fantastic Lava Beds and the Painted Dunes before climbing steeply to the summit. Trail continues into the crater and offers spectacular views of Lassen and the eastern park. Trailhead on sowthwest side of Butte Lake boat ramp. More Information
21820 Lassen National Park Hwy,
Mineral, CA
Clear Creek Greenway Trail
“There’s gold in the hills of California!” Very soon after the discovery of gold in 1848 near Sutter’s Mill, Major Pierson B. Reading discovered gold on Clear Creek. The result was a creek turned upside down. Due to the wildly successful efforts to restore its salmon runs, Clear Creek… More Information
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Redding, CA
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
Clover Creek Trail
The paved bike trails on either side of Clover Creek are part of a larger loop around a retention pond at the southern end of the greenway preserve. In addition to the paved bicycle loop there are gravel jogging and hiking trails throughout the preserve. Wheelchair Accessible More Information
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Redding, CA
Cloverdale Loop
The Cloverdale Loop runs along the Clear Creek Canyon which is hundreds of feet deep and has great whitewater kayaking. Near the Horsetown Clear Creek Preserve (near the lower Clear Creek Bridge) tubers and novice kayakers can have fun on the run to Clear Creek Gorge. Make sure to portage… More Information
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Redding, CA
Cold Boiling Lake
Easy trail passes through forest and meadows to this bubbling lake in an alpine basin. Tiny gas bubbles escape Lassen's hydothermal system below making it appear to be biling. Trailhead at Kings Creek Picnic Area. More Information
21820 Lassen National Park Hwy,
Mineral, CA
Coon Falls
Coon Falls on North Table Mountain is a sight to see when you can see it. Because of a small drainage basin, it is most visible after a good rain storm which is a great time to see little waterfalls all over the mesa. This waterfall is easily accessible. More Information
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Oroville, CA
Crevice (Crack) Falls
The sight of Crevice Falls at Table Mountain is absolutely breathtaking with the best views at the edge of the cliffs. The waterfall is almost hidden as it drops through a huge crack and down 129 feet to the canyon floor. There is another waterfall near Crevice Falls that doesn't… More Information
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Oroville, CA
Curtain Falls
Due to its isolated canyon location, this waterfall has yet to be measured and is said to be anywhere from 20 to 40 feet tall. The waterfall creates a veil along the Middle Fork of the Feather River. This waterfall is strenuously accessible. More Information
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Oroville, CA
Dave Jacobs Professional Guide Service
Dave Jacobs Professional Guide Service has provided guided fishing trips to thousands of clients, and after catching as many salmon, trout, steelhead, striped bass and sturgeon, the message is clear: you are fishing with the most experienced, most recognized fishing guide service in the area. We have provided professional, fun… More Information
Sac River & Surrounding,
Redding, CA
David Neal Reel Adventures Guide Service
Welcome to Reel Adventures, Guide Service. Our base camp is Redding CA - Gateway to northern California’s finest wild trout streams and steelhead rivers. We are a full service, year around, fly fishing guide service specializing in private instruction and guiding for steelhead and wild trout. We encourage anglers of… More Information
PO Box 990496,
Redding, CA
Deadhorse Falls
Deadhorse Falls is a hidden jewel in Lassen National Forest. This very beautiful waterfall drops 60 ft. on small Deadhorse Creek, into a deep and pretty little gorge. More Information
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Mineral, CA
Deer Creek Falls
This short and powerful waterfall ascends 18 feet to a punchbowl water hole at it's base. Visible throughout the year, this waterfall is bypassed by a fish ladder which diverts from the waterfall and is noticeably reduced in late summer. Deer Creek Falls provides a great opportunity for swimming… More Information
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Chester, CA
Devastated Area Interpretive Trail
Accessible path with signs about the effect of the 1951 Lassen Peak eruption. Excellent for families or those unable to take longer trails. Trailhead at Devastated parking area. Wheelchair accessible. More Information
21820 Lassen National Park Hwy,
Mineral, CA
Devils Kitchen
Experience Lassen's second largest hydrothermal via a lovely hike through Warner Valley meadows and forest. Along with a number of other hikes, the trail begins at the Warner Valley trailhead. The first 0.4 mile passes through a meadow over small footbridges and boardwalks before crossing Hot Springs Creek. At the… More Information
21820 Lassen National Park Hwy,
Mineral, CA
Echo Lake
The trail to Echo Lake offers a relatively easy day hike from the trailhead or Summit Lake campgrounds. It is also one stop on the longer popular Cluster Lakes loop. From the Ranger Station trailhead, the trail connects to the Summit Lake trail after 0.4 miles. The trail to Echo… More Information
21820 Lassen National Park Hwy,
Mineral, CA
Eskimo Hill
An hour's drive east of Redding off Highway 44, Eskimo Hill is one of the most popular sledding hills in the north state. Here are tips from the U.S. Forest Service on how to enjoy your visit: • Walk along either edge of the hill to reach the top. • Keep out… More Information
CA-44E,
Shingletown, CA
Faery Falls
Faery Falls cascades 41 feet down a rock face with a small pool and rocky creek at it's base. This waterfall is most interesting to visit at it's peak volume in spring with a great mist and swift stream. This waterfall is easily accessible. More Information
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Mt. Shasta, CA
Fall River
We'll let The Fly Shop explain the waters of Fall River: "It is the nationa's largest spring system, creating a wonderland of crystal-clear, 50-degree rainbow trout habitat. At the same time it is both the finest spring creek fly fishing opportunity in California and one of the best in the… More Information
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Fall River, CA
FB Trail
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 mining site near the water access trail. More Information
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Redding, CA
Feather Falls
As one of the tallest waterfalls in the United States this is the most well known of California's waterfalls at a drop of 410 feet into a branch of bald Rock Canyon along the Middle Ford of the Feather River where it bursts over a small lip of rock at… More Information
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Oroville, CA
Fisherman's Trail
Welcome to one of the oldest, continually used trails in western Shasta County! Take this short trail to explore some of the shoreline of Keswick Reservoir or as means to connect to the Sacramento River Rail Trail. More Information
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Redding, CA
Flag Falls
Flag Falls is often mistaken for Phantom Falls, due to their similar look. Enjoy the view from the cliff with a crumbling slope to the canyon floor where trees thrive from the water source. This waterfall is moderately accessible. More Information
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Oroville, CA
Flanagan Trail
The Flanagan Trail provides a direct link from the City of Shasta Lake to the Upper Sacramento Ditch Trail which is perched above Keswick Reservoir. The trail begins at the end of Flanagan Road near the long abandoned gold mining community of Irish Town. More Information
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Redding, CA
Fun Factory Rentals
The Fun Factory is your watercraft and snowmobile rental source in northern California. Winter or Summer, we have your recreation covered! More Information
Deer Mt. Snowmobile Park,
Montague, CA

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