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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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7 Ways to Discover the Fascinating History of Redding, CA
A trip to Redding, California, means that you’re going to be surrounded by forested mountains, gorgeous valleys, and scenic lakes. But in addition to the physical beauty of the region, you’ll also find a rich history of the people who’ve…
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Going Underground in Redding: An Insider's Guide
Sitting at the southern edge of the Cascade Range, Redding, California, has long been a literal hotbed for volcanic activity. Mt. Shasta lords over the horizon, Lassen Volcanic National Park sits an hour’s drive east, and millions of years of…
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7 Accessible Hikes in Redding, CA That Can Be Enjoyed By All Levels
Redding sits in—and is surrounded by—no shortage of natural beauty. No matter your level of hiking ability, you can find accessible trails throughout the region that make it easy to see those sights without a demanding, heart-pumping trek.
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An Empty Nester Guide to a Great Weekend in Redding
Family vacations don’t have to end when the kids leave home. With pleasant weather all year long, a busy calendar full of arts and culture events, and no shortage of outdoor adventure, Redding, California, is a great spot for an…
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A Fly Fishing Guide to Redding, CA
Situated along the Sacramento River and surrounded by mountains on three sides, Redding has fishing opportunities for multiple species in nearly every direction, and it has a fly-fishing and outdoor culture that makes the end of the day that much…
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300 Days of Sunshine: How to Embrace a Winter Escape in Redding, CA
From the rugged and richly forested Klamaths to the magnificent southern end of the Cascades, Redding’s gloriously scenic backyard has much to offer in the snowsports department—and beyond.
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8 Natural Wonders to Explore Around Redding, CA
Situated near the junction of several natural provinces—the Klamath Mountains, the Coast Ranges, the Cascade Range, the Great Basin, and the Central Valley—Redding, California, makes an awesome jumping-off point for nature enthusiasts.
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An Insider's Guide to Year-Round Adventures On and Around Shasta Lake
Sitting less than 30 minutes from the heart of Redding, Shasta Lake is a gem of northern California. No matter the season, here’s an insider’s guide to year-round adventure on the water.
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10 Redding Adventures to Enjoy in the Fall
Known for its proximity to Mt. Shasta and Lassen Volcanic National Park, Redding has easily accessible recreation opportunities that include a river running through town, hundreds of miles of hiking trails, and a thriving fly-fishing community.
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Exploring the Wonders of Lassen Volcanic National Park
Less than an hour’s drive from Redding, Lassen Volcanic National Park features the 10,457-foot-tall Lassen Peak, but that’s only one (magnificent) attraction of many here.
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5 Stellar Trail to Ale Pairings In and Around Redding, CA
So as you plot your next outdoor adventure, here are five top picks for trail-to-tavern pairings in and around the heart of Shasta County, California.
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Make sure to explore these 9 Famously Redding icons on your trip to Redding
We know how traveling to another city can be overwhelming. What is there to see? What should you see? Where to go? All questions that race through your mind when traveling. To help you out, the Visit Redding team put…
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Take the Redding Adventure Challenge
Let's break away from the norm and try a new adventure. Or how about 14? With the Adventure Challenge -- Redding edition, we'll do all of the work for you on coming up with an adventure. All you have to…
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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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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
Hall Creek Falls
Hall Creek Falls travels down a unique landscape of smooth rocks, almost like a giant waterslide. The waterfall begins with a 40 foot drop to the mountainside, where it curves back and forth down the mountain with small pools along its decent. This waterfall is strenuously accessible. More Information
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Montgomery Creek, CA
HarvestWild
HarvestWild is a Northern California based company that's mission is to reconnect people with wild places and wild foods. We offer fully guided fly fishing, spin fishing, hunting, gathering, nature walks, clinics, consultations and hosted travel. Our business is to teach people how to hunt, fish, and gather wild… More Information
P.O. Box 992,
Palo Cedro, CA
Hat Creek
Hat Creek is one of the longest spring creeks in California, and several sections are well stocked throughout the season. According to The Fly Shop, "the Wild Trout Section is the lower 3.2 miles of Hat Creek flowing from the PowerHouse #2 to Lake Britton and is the home of… More Information
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Lassen National Forest, CA
Headwaters Adventure Company
Experience the peace and tranquility of kayaking and enjoy the beauty and splendor of the North State with views of Mt. Shasta, Mt. Lassen and the Trinity Alps, where wildlife is abundant and unafraid of the quiet stroke of a kayak paddle. Our goal is to get as many people… More Information
930 Merchant Street,
Redding, CA
Hedge Creek Falls
Hedge Creek Falls is a waterfall on Hedge Creek, in Dunsmuir, due north of Redding. There is a small cave located behind the waterfall, allowing visitors to walk behind the cascading water. Shortly after the waterfall, hedge creek flows into the Sacramento River south of Mossbrae Falls. There is a… More Information
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Dunsmuir, CA
Hidden Falls
Hidden Falls can be found on Table Mountain, just outside of Oroville and southeast of Redding. This tiered waterfall is hard to capture, due to cliffs and sharp angles, but the main drop is about 70 ft of falling water, and is worth the find. More Information
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Oroville, CA
Hilltop to Sundial Bridge Trail
Connects the Mt Shasta Mall area shops and Hilltop Drive hotels to Turtle Bay Exploration Park and the Sundial Bridge. More Information
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Redding, CA
Holiday Harbor
Holiday Harbor is located right on Shasta Lake, with central access to the water. We offer a large rental selection of ski boats, fishing boats, patio boats, paddle boards, kayaks, and personal water crafts. More Information
20061 Shasta Caverns Rd.,
O'Brien, CA
Hollow Falls
Hollow Falls is one of the shorter falls on Table Mountain with a powerful heavy stream down a gradual slope where the waterfall has cut into the rock face. The base of the waterfall is easily accessible by GPS coordinates and you will find an interesting view. More Information
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Oroville, CA
Hook 'Em Hecky's Guide Service
Hook'em Hecky's is the premier professional fishing guide service for the Trinity and Sacramento Rivers. Years of experience stand behind each personal guided trip. Whether you are looking for a professional fly fishing lesson or are a seasoned fisherman yourself seeking the ultimate thrill of landing a giant… More Information
6764 Creekside Street,
Redding, CA
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… More Information
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Redding, CA
Inland Board Sports
Inland Board Sports offers paddleboards, wakeboards, wakesurfers, and hydrofoils. More Information
4777 Caterpillar Rd,
Redding, CA
Inspiration Point
Climbs through forest, meadow patches, and a sunny bench section. The summit rewards hikers with stunning views of Lassen, Prospect Peak, Cinder Cone, and Mount Harkness. Trailhead 50 feet east of Juniper Lake picnic area parking. More Information
21820 Lassen National Park Hwy,
Mineral, CA
Jack Trout Fly Fishing
Here at Jack Trout, we offer guided fly-fishing trips with gourmet meals and unmatched personal attention on the Upper & Lower Sacramento River, and the McCloud, Pit, Trinity, and Klamath Rivers in Northern California. We also offer scenic tours, float and raft trips, lodging referrals, and seasonal local information for… More Information
P.O. Box 94,
Mt. Shasta, CA
Jeff Goodwin's Guide Service
Jeff Goodwin’s Guide Service offers year-round, private party, guided sport fishing trips on the Sacramento and Klamath Rivers. We offer guided fishing trips on the Sacramento River for King Salmon, Wild Rainbow Trout/Steelhead and Striped Bass. We also offer a fall run King Salmon season on the Lower Klamath River… More Information
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Redding, CA
Jefferson State Adventure Hub
A brainchild of Jasper Hudson, Jefferson State Adventure Hub is your gear, education and adventure supplier for everything: Kayaking Cycling Hiking Backpacking Mountaineering Camping Located in beautiful Redding California, JSAHub is the "one-stop" place for adventurers. More Information
872 North Market Street,
Redding, CA
Jetovator
NorCal Jetovator is the exclusive Jetovator and Freedom Flyer Distributors for Northern California and Arizona. The Jetovator is a water propelled, personal watercraft accessory that allows the operator to safely experience flight. The Jetovator is fun for everyone no matter the weight, height or age; all are up and flying… More Information
10300 Bridge Bay Rd,
Redding, CA
John Reginato River Access
Connects the J. Reginato Boating Access to a Bonnyview neighborhood 0.75 miles upstream. This fishing access trail is shaded and cool. Wheelchair Accessible More Information
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Redding, CA
Johnson Creek Falls
Johnson Creek Falls in Etna is a mile hike through rough terrain to this mossey waterfall. It is all of 118 feet with very different views from top and bottom. Johnson Creek Falls is on privately owned land so the sharing landowner is very much appreciated. This waterfall is strenuously… More Information
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Etna, CA
Jones Valley Resort
Rentals are available at gorgeous Shasta Lake in Northern California near Redding. We offer jet boats, patio boats, fishing boats, jet skis, kayaks, paddleboards, and houseboats. More Information
22300 Jones Valley Marina Drive,
Redding, CA
Just Kayak More
A fun, healthy, and a great way to spend time with your friends and family on the water. Check out the resources for the paddling community listed on this site. If you have any additional information start a discussion in our Google Group, under the Group Communication section of this… More Information
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Justin Thompson Fishing
I'm Justin Thompson, an obsessed fisherman and outdoorsman. As a Redding, CA native, I have had the privilege of growing up with these waters and mountains as my playground. I’m proud to have been handed down years worth of knowledge and experience from my father and grandfather. Growing up, we… More Information
20673 Old 44 Drive,
Redding, CA
Keith Kerrigan's Guide Service
Your full time fishing guide for Whiskeytown. All tackle is provided for you. I clean and bad your fish. No fish, no pay. More Information
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Redding, CA
Kickapoo Falls
Kickapoo Falls is a very unique waterfall that cascades down a jagged cliff face, making for water flowing in different directions all the way to the base. It begins as a small stream and splays out over the rocks, getting wider on the way down. This waterfall is easily accessible… More Information
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Trinity Center, CA

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