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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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Kings Creek Falls
Kings Creek Falls is a great place for a photo opportunity as it is visually diverse with a fountain type look. All of its 46 feet cascade in different directions due to the protruding rocks behind. This waterfall is most visually stimulating during summer months when volume is less, allowing… More Information
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Lassen Volcanic National Park , CA
Kinner Falls
Kinner Falls is a narrow waterfall of 139 feet, twisting around rocks on it's way down the canyon wall. It flows directly into Pit River with sprinkles of greener vegetation along either side. This waterfall is easily accessible. More Information
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Big Bend, CA
Klamath River
The Klamath River, starting in southern Oregon and carving its way over California's Siskiyou mountain range, is home to feisty steelhead and offers unforgettable fly fishing opportunities. More Information
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Lake Shasta Caverns National Natural Landmark
A trip to Shasta Caverns is ‘Three Adventures in One!’ Enjoy a scenic catamaran cruise across Shasta Lake, a fun bus ride to the cave entrance, and an information-filled tour of what some geologists consider one of the most beautiful limestone caves in the USA! More Information
20359 Shasta Caverns Road,
Lakehead, CA
Lake Shasta Dinner Cruise
Your adventure in northern California is only complete if you experience a Dinner Cruise on Shasta Lake! With a mouth-watering menu, gorgeous lake setting, beautiful sunsets, emerald green waters, and the company of your family and friends, this is definitely an experience you’ll want to enjoy time and time again!… More Information
20359 Shasta Caverns Road,
Lakehead, CA
Lassen Peak Trail
The trail to the top of Lassen Peak begins at the peak parking area at an elevation of 8500 feet. The popular trail is 2.5 miles one-way to the summit. There are many fantastic vistas of the park and surrounding areas from the trail. The summit provides one of the… More Information
21820 Lassen National Park Hwy,
Mineral, CA
Lassen Volcanic National Park
Less than an hour's drive from Redding sits beautiful Lassen Volcanic National Park. The park boasts incredible mountain scenery reminiscent of Yosemite as well as fascinating thermal wonders similar to Yellowstone with just a small fraction of the visitors, making it one of our favorite California National Parks. Lassen… More Information
Hwy 36E,
Mineral, CA
Lava Beds National Monument
Lava Beds National Monument is a land of turmoil, both geological and historical. Over the last half-million years, volcanic eruptions on the Medicine Lake shield volcano have created a rugged landscape dotted with diverse volcanic features. More than 700 caves, Native American rock art sites, historic battlefields and campsites, and… More Information
1 Indian Well Headquarters,
Tulelake, CA
Lema Ranch Trails
Those walking the McConnel Foundation Lema Ranch trails will notice a diversity of plants, from graceful weeping willows, to manzanita, oak, and pine trees, and native grasses. Many species of wildlife can be spotted, including ducks, red-winged blackbirds, egrets, and woodpeckers. Otters and muskrats occasionally show themselfs in the ponds.… More Information
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Redding, CA
Lion Slide Falls
Lion Slide Falls is easily accessible by a cozy trail a short distance from Big Bend Road. A powerfully wide cascade has created a deep pool at the base before the river continues over a makeshift rock dam and through many smooth boulders that are great for lounging. Down the… More Information
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Montgomery Creek, CA
Lion Wash Falls
Lion Wash Falls is 14 feet of water falling in all directions, creating a very interesting look. The wide and shallow river drops off a cliff with a few different levels before coming to a large pool at the base. The waterfall is not visible from the easily accessible trail… More Information
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Montgomery Creek , CA
Little Backbone Creek Natural Waterslide
Visit nature's water park at Little Backbone Creek - the smooth waterfall is the ultimate waterslide.Directions from Shasta Lake: Little Backbone Creek is across from Digger Bay. Head into the inlet, go all the way to the back until you hit the creek and anchor. Hike up the creek, which… More Information
Little Backbone Creek,
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Little Hawaii Falls
Little Hawaii Falls is named for it's lush vegetation, including vines, ferns, and moss everywhere! The trickling waterfall is not terribly impressive but altogether this is an interesting place to explore. This waterfall is easily accessible by trail. More Information
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Manton, CA
Living Waters Recreation
California whitewater rafting trips are great fun for families, youth groups, school trips, adventure seekers, or nature lovers. Living Waters Recreation offers whitewater rafting trips in California from a half day to four days. Living Waters Recreation, based in Mt. Shasta, offers professionally guided whitewater rafting trips, in season, on… More Information
706 Carmen Dr,
Mt. Shasta, CA
Lost Creek Falls
Lost Creek Falls is a powerful waterfall with one deep drop followed by several shallow drops with a large pool at the base. Surrounded by native plantlife, it makes a great photo opportunity. This waterfall is easily accessible. More Information
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Hat Creek, CA
Lower Battle Creek Falls
Lower Battle Creek Falls is a sight to see, with a beautiful rugged terrain surrounding. The waterfall shoots off a cliff and into the pool below where the river spreads and shallows, making it easy to walk across for a photo opportunity. A mossy cliff surrounds the water, creating an… More Information
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Mineral, CA
Lower Canyon Creek Falls
Great for a picnic, this waterfall is twice as wide as it is tall and explodes at contact with a boulder pile and into a pool at its base, then it flows to rapids past the pool. Lower Canyon Creek Falls is moderately accessible. More Information
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Junction City , CA
Lower McCloud River Falls
This is the lowest of three levels of the McCloud River Falls, at a 12 foot broad plunge into a large pool. Surrounding the pool are large rocks perfect for sun bathing, making this location popular for swimming and relaxing. This waterfall is easily accessible by trail and road and… More Information
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McCloud, CA
Lower Sacramento Ditch Trail
Trail follows the alignment of the Sacramento Ditch south of Walker Mine Road and connects to the Hornbeck Trail. Access off Hornbeck Trail - one mile from Hornbeck trailhead. More Information
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Redding, CA
Lower Sacramento River
The Lower Sacramento River, one of the best tailwater fisheries in the country, benefits from a Temperature Control Device that extracts colder water from the depths of Shasta Lake and sends it downstream, allowing rainbow trout to feed and grow year round. According to The Fly Shop, “the river's controlled… More Information
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Redding, CA
Manzanita Lake
Lassen Park's Manzanita Lake is about as picturesque as they come, and its beauty is just the beginning. It's famous for its large rainbows and browns, and can be fished from the shore, float tube, or drift boat. Try to keep your eyes on your line, because the birds, deer,… More Information
21820 Lassen National Park Hwy,
Mineral, CA
Mary Lake Park
Mary Lake Park, on the west side of Redding, is 29 developed acres with tree-lined walking trails winding their way around a man-made lake. Enjoy this walk with your dog and bring your binoculars for wildlife viewing. More Information
1696 Lakeside Drive,
Redding, CA
McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park
The centerpiece of McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park is 129-foot Burney Falls. The waterfall, which is fed by underground springs and flows at 100 million gallons every day, can be enjoyed from above at lookout point. But for a more refreshing perspective, take the trail to the pool at the… More Information
Hwy 89,
Burney, CA
McCloud River
The picturesque McCloud River, north of Redding and over 70 miles long, flows east of and parallel to the Sacramento River. It offers exceptional views of the Cascade Range and is known for great fishing for rainbows and browns from the last Saturday in April through November 15th. According to… More Information
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McCloud, CA
McConnell Arboretum & Botanical Gardens
The Botanical Gardens portion of the McConnell Arboretum & Botanical Gardens is the newest addition to Turtle Bay Exploration Park. The Redding Arboretum, one of four organizations that merged to create Turtle Bay Exploration Park, along with its supporters, initially drove the development of a series of gardens. Turtle Bay… More Information
844 Sundial Bridge Drive,
Redding, CA

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