Castella - Castle Crags State Park2022 Castle Creek Road
Castella, California 96017
The park, named for its 6,000-feet tall glacier-polished crags, offers swimming and fishing in the Sacramento River and camping near its banks.
There is phenominal hiking both within the park's boundaries (28 miles worth) as well as in the back country; both of which offer astounding views of Mount Shasta. An extremely popular and worthwhile hike is the Castle Dome Hike (5 miles round-trip); an intense but unique hike and one of the best in the area. The Pacific Crest Trail also passes through the park.
Even for just an afternoon, the park is a great place to visit and have a picnic, take a leisurely nature walk or just relax in the woods.
There are also interpretive exhibits and plenty of wildlife to be seen.
How to get there:
The park is located 50 minutes north of Redding and 6 miles south of Dunsmuir, right off of I-5. You'll see signs on the highway for where to turn. Check out the map for more specific directions.
There are 76 developed campsites at the park and it's pretty awesome. Check out our Camping section for more info about camping at Castle Crags State Park.
Spanish explorers use to refer to the crags as; "Castle del Diablo" ~ Castle of the Devil. Dogs are not allowed on any of the park's trails. For more info, visit the Park's Website.
Other things to do in the area:
Just north, in Dunsmuir, take a hike to the incredible Mossbrae Falls and/or visit the Dunsmuir Museum. Lake Siskiyou and Castle Lake in Mt. Shasta are great places to spend some time and just east of Mt. Shasta are the popular McCloud Waterfalls.
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