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Shasta Cascade Points of Interest

Shasta Cascade Points of Interest

Shasta Cascade

California Shasta Cascade points of interest are as simple as waterfalls. Others include caves & caverns, an active volcano, covered bridge and historic Chinese temple. From the lava tubes of Lava Beds National Monument to the World's Largest Yo-Yo in Chico, here you'll find unique Shasta Cascade points of interest and other interesting places to visit.

Modoc Points of Interest

Lava Beds photo courtesy of the National Park Service

Lava Beds National Monument is located in the northernmost portion of the state to the west of Highway 139. Ancient volcanic lava flows cover the entire area. The main attraction to this park is the hollow lava tubes that form caves throughout the region. These tubes are more like tunnels that hikers and caverns can explore.

Lava Beds National Monument
1 Indian Well Headquarters
Tulelake, California 96134
(530) 667-8100

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Ahjumawi Lava Springs are located east of Interstate 5 from either Highway 89 or 299. Ahjumawi Lava Springs is situated on an ancient lava flow with the picturesque views of both Mt. Shasta and Mt. Lassen in the background. The park features several lakes, ponds, fresh water springs, volcanic terrain, Indian mortars and lava tubes. The crystal clear waters exude Mediterranean blues and greens. Access to some of the most picturesque portions of the park is by canoe or kayak only. Activities include primitive camping, picnicking, canoeing, kayaking, hiking and fishing.

Ahjumawi Lava Springs State Park
McArthur, California 96056
(530) 335-2777

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Pluto's Cave is located northeast of Weed off Highway 97. Pluto's Cave is an underground lava tube with several ceiling collapses. This somewhat level tube is easy for an inexperienced spelunker. Some cave sections have suffered vandalism over the years in the form of graffiti. Pluto's Cave was once visited by John Muir. To get there from Interstate 5, head east from Weed on Highway 97 approximately 12 miles. Turn left on Road A-12 and follow for approximately 3.5 miles. Turnoff will be on the left. A short hike is necessary to reach the first cave opening.

Pluto's Cave
Highway 97
Siskiyou, California 96134

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Mt. Shasta Points of Interest

Mt. Shasta is located off Interstate 5 north of Redding. Tucked away in the pine trees at the base of snowcapped Mt. Shasta, the town of Mt. Shasta is a quaint small-town community with restaurants, boutiques and Inns. Many of the buildings along Mt. Shasta Boulevard are the original storefronts from the 1800's. This is the gateway to the Mt. Shasta Ski Resort with downhill skiing, boarding and cross-country skiing. Mt. Shasta is a large picturesque volcano with camping, hiking, fishing, mountain biking, mountain climbing and many more outdoor activities. The nearby Lake Siskiyou offers camping, boating, fishing and swimming. Perfect your game at the 18-hole, par 70 Mt. Shasta Resort Golf Course or enjoy a short game at the 9-hole McCloud Golf Club. Head out for a whitewater rafting adventure and enjoy nature's roller coaster in one of many nearby rivers. Discover all three McCloud River Falls that range from 12 to 46-feet tall. Tour the Sisson Museum with Indian basketry, mountaineering equipment, a fire engine, model train and more on display in an historic fish hatchery building. The town of Mt. Shasta was originally named 'Sisson'.

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McCloud River Falls are located east of McCloud off Highway 89. Situated in the McCloud River at Fowlers Campground, three consecutive waterfalls can be easily accessed. Lower McCloud Fall is also known as Fowler Fall and at 12 feet in height is more popular as a swimming hole during the summer months. From Highway 89, turn south on Fowler Campground Road. Continue past the campground to the trailhead parking lot for Fowler Fall. Walk a short distance north to the Falls. At the next turn off Highway 89 is Upper Fall Road, which accesses the other two McCloud River Falls; Middle Falls at 46 feet tall and Upper Falls at 25 feet tall.

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Dunsmuir is located off Interstate 5 north of Redding. Nestled in a river canyon consumed by pine trees, the small town of Dunsmuir features a turn-of-the-century downtown with cafés, boutique shops and Inns. This railroad town sits next to the Union Pacific railroad tracks and was formerly named 'Pusher' because this is where extra engines were added to push the train cars over the Siskiyou range. The nearby Lake Siskiyou offers camping, boating, fishing and swimming. Visit Castle Crags State Park for beautiful views of glacial crags and access to the Sacramento River. Stay the night in a rail car turned hotel room at Railroad Park Resort. The owners of the resort are descendants of early railroad pioneers. Several local waterfalls are also close by and easily accessible.

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Hedge Creek Falls is located at the north end of Dunsmuir off Interstate 5. Situated in the Sacramento River within easy walking distance of the road, Hedge Creek Falls is approximately 30 feet high and features hexagonal post-pile formations. Exit Siskiyou Avenue from Interstate 5 and head west. Turn right at the first street named Mott Road (Dunsmuir Avenue) and park in the parking lot immediately on the right. There is a crosswalk that connects the parking lot to the trailhead of the falls which are only a few hundred feet ahead. Hedge Creek Falls drops from a basalt shelf with an under cavity that can sometimes be accessed for a view from behind the falls.

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Sweetbriar Falls is located south of Dunsmuir off Interstate 5. Situated in the Sacramento River near the town of Castella, Sweetbriar Falls is a beautiful cascading fall and is very easily accessible. Exit Sweetbriar Avenue from Interstate 5 heading east and then north. Park at the turn before crossing the railroad tracks. Continue on foot over the tracks and bridge and follow the river approximately a quarter-mile north to the falls.

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Shasta Caverns are located on the north side of Lake Shasta off Interstate 5. These caverns are only accessible by ferry from Holiday Harbor. This is a fair-size California cavern with displays of stalactites and stalagmites. This is a great place to cool off on a warm summer day and Lake Shasta is one of the most beautiful California lakes.

Lake Shasta Caverns
20359 Shasta Caverns Road
O'Brien, California 96003
(800) 795-2283

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Weaverville

Weaverville is located off Highway 299 west of Redding. The small town of Weaverville features an historic downtown, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. This former gold mining town still has original 1800's Victorian homes and storefronts that today house cafés, boutique shops, galleries and antique stores. The historic 1854 Tong War took place here when rival Chinese factions attacked each other with spears, swords and other weapons. Remnants of Chinese temples still remain in Weaverville. The Trinity County Museum, also known as the Jake Jackson (JJ) Memorial Museum, documents this and other historical facts about Weaverville. The nearby Trinity Lake offers camping, boating, water-skiing, fishing and swimming. Head out for a whitewater rafting adventure and enjoy nature's roller coaster on the Trinity River. Practice your short game on the 9-hole Trinity Alps Golf Course. During the winter, the forest service maintains several roads as cross-country ski trails. Weaverville is the gateway to Eureka on California's North Coast.

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Jake Jackson Memorial Museum is located off Main Street (Hwy 299) just north of Trinity Lake Boulevard. The museum consists of several historic buildings including a cabin, barn, blacksmith shop and stamp mill. Exhibits include rare firearms, equipment from the mining, farming and ranching industries, clothing and artifacts from the local Chinese and Native American cultures.

Jake Jackson Memorial Museum
508 Main Street
Weaverville, CA 96093
(530) 623-5211

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Chinese Joss House Museum

Weaverville Joss House is located off Main Street (Hwy 299) in downtown Weaverville. Built in 1854, the Weaverville Joss House is the oldest continuously used Chinese temple in California. The exterior features Chinese writing and architectural elements. Inside are art objects, pictures, mining tools and weapons that were used in the 1854 Tong War. This is an active Taoist temple and highlights the role played by Chinese immigrants during the California Gold Rush. The Weaverville Joss House is a California State Historic Park. Chinese New Year is celebrated here every year with a Lion Dance Festival.

Weaverville Joss House
Highway 299 and Oregon Street
Weaverville, CA 96093
(530) 623-5284

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Redding Points of Interest

Potem Falls is located east of Redding off Highway 299. Reaching this falls requires driving many miles on a dirt road - high clearance or 4x4 vehicle may be required. From the road, Potem Falls is a very short hike. Situated in the Pit River Arm of Lake Shasta, Potem Falls drops 69 feet through a dense pine forest. From Interstate 5 head east on Highway 299 for approximately 30 miles. Make a left on Fenders Ferry Road and follow for another 9 miles to the sign for Potem Falls Trailhead.

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Sundial Bridge

Turtle Bay Exploration Park is located off Highway 299 one exit west of Interstate 5 in Redding. Situated along side the Sacramento River, Turtle Bay is a combination aquarium, museum, gardens, nature center and auditorium. The museum focuses on local history from Native American culture to the logging industry. The aquarium contains local fish species including sturgeon, salmon, steelhead, and trout in both large walled and glass floor aquariums. The giant Sundial Bridge that spans the Sacramento River is a must see. The Civic Auditorium hosts major events.

Turtle Bay Exploration Park
840 Auditorium Drive
Redding, California 96001
(800) 887-8532

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Mt. Lassen Points of Interest

Burney Falls is located off Highway 89 in the Shasta National Forest. This 129-foot waterfall is part of the MacArthur Burney Falls State Park, which also includes campgrounds and Lake Britton. The waterfall is fed by underground springs, which gives it volume even in drought years. Visitors enjoy camping, fishing, boating, swimming and hiking. A hiking trail connects Burney Falls to Lake Britton.

Lake Britton
Burney, California 96013
(530) 335-2777

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Crystal Lake Trout Hatchery is located east of Burney off Highway 299. The Crystal Lake Hatchery plays an important role in hatching, raising and stocking Brook trout, Eagle Lake trout and Pit River rainbow trout. Stop in and see the fish from hatchlings to lunkers. The facility includes Baum Lake which offers picnic grounds, non-motorized boating and fishing.

Crystal Lake Trout Hatchery
40158 Baum Lake Road
Cassel, CA 96016
(530) 335-4111

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Bumpass Hell photo courtesy of the National Park Service

Mt. Lassen is located off highway 89 between highways 36 and 44 east of Redding. Lassen is an active volcano with its last major eruption occurring in 1914. Two of Lassen's main attractions are the boiling mud pots of Bumpass Hell and Sulphur Works. Activities include camping, fishing, hiking, cross country skiing and snow shoeing. Roads are often closed in the winter. Be sure to head a little farther north to see Burney Falls.

Lassen Volcanic National Park
Mineral, California 96063
(530) 595-4444

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Subway Cave is located near the town of Old Station, 1/4 mile north of the junction of Highway 44 & 89 across from Cave Campground. This is the largest of many lava tubes on Mount Lassen. Formed 20,000 years ago, Subway Cave offers 1700-feet of lava tube exploration with tube openings varying from 6 to 17 feet in height. Entrance to the cave is attained through a portion of the ceiling that broke through.

Subway Cave
13435 Brian's Way
Highways 44 & 89
Old Station, CA 96071
(530) 335-7517

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Loomis Museum is located off Highway 44 east of Redding. Situated at the northwest entrance to Lassen Volcanic National Park, the Loomis Museum resides at the turnoff for Manzanita Lake and campground from Highway 89. The museum is named after B.F. Loomis who documented Mt. Lassen's 1914-1915 eruption. Exhibits include photographs and photography equipment used to document the eruption and traditional Atsugewi Indian basketry. A small auditorium depicts the history, geology, flora and fauna of Mt. Lassen.

Loomis Museum
Lassen Volcanic National Park
Highways 44 & 89
Shingletown, California 96088
(530) 595-6140

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Central Valley Points of Interest

Coleman Fish Hatchery is located east of Interstate 5 out of Cottonwood. Situated along side Battle Creek, Coleman features a hatchery building, large rearing raceways, holding ponds and fish ladders off of Battle Creek. During the salmon & steelhead spawning season (October-March), visitors are welcome invited to watch hatchery processes from special viewing areas. This is the only federal fish hatchery in the nation and its purpose is to ensure a maximum survival rate for salmon & steelhead eggs within the Sacramento Delta waterways. Coleman hosts the 'Return of the Salmon Festival' every year on the third Saturday in October.

Coleman National Fish Hatchery
24411 Coleman Fish Hatchery Road
Anderson, California 96007
(530) 365-8622

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Salmon Viewing Station is located off Interstate 5 at Antelope Boulevard. Situated at the Red Bluff Diversion Dam, the viewing station features fish ladders and viewing areas for migrating salmon. Every summer salmon and steelhead return from the ocean to their spawning grounds along the Sacramento River. See thousands of salmon and steelhead as they head up the ladder along side the diversion dam. Best viewing times are June to September.

Salmon Viewing Station
Sale Lane (southern end)
Red Bluff, California 96080
(530) 824-5196

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Chico is located off Highways 99 and 32. This popular college town offers many activities and entertainment options. The historic Downtown Chico is great for shopping and bar hopping. See the world's largest yo-yo in central park. Enjoy a microbrew and meal at the Sierra Nevada Brewery made famous for its award-winning Pale Ale. Catch a concert or take in a play at one of several local theatres and venues. Stroll one of many museums focusing on everything from local history and science to regional cultures and yo-yos. Capture a picture of Honeyrun Bridge, one of the largest covered bridges still remaining in the U.S. Bidwell Park is the pride of Chico and features nearly 4,000 acres of land surrounding the immensely picturesque Chico Creek. Spend the day at one of dozens of shaded picnic spots along Chico Creek. Take a swim in the huge Sycamore Pool that is a dammed portion of Chico Creek. Cool off in one of many swimming holes at the Bear Hole in Upper Bidwell Park. Stroll through the real 'Sherwood Forest' amongst a canopy of ivy and sycamore trees where the original Robin Hood was filmed. Perfect your game at the 18-hole, par 72 Bidwell Park Golf Course. Visit the historic Bidwell Mansion on the edge of downtown.

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Honey Run Covered Bridge

Honey Run Covered Bridge is located southeast of Chico and Highway 99 from Skyway Boulevard. Situated off Honey Run Road in the picturesque Butte Creek Canyon, the Honey Run Covered Bridge is perched over Butte Creek. The Bridge was constructed in 1887, finalizing the connection of Butte Creek Canyon to Paradise Ridge. With 3 spans totaling 240 feet, the Honey Run Covered Bridge is the only 3-span covered bridge still standing in the U.S.

Honey Run Covered Bridge
1670 Honey Run Road
Chico, CA 95928
(530) 895-0911

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Sycamore Pool is located west of Highway 99 from 8th Street. Situated in Bidwell Park, Sycamore Pool is a large portion of Chico Creek that is dammed in the summer and turned into a public pool more than twice the size of an Olympic swimming pool.

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Bear Hole, Chico

Bear Hole is located east of Highway 99 from East Avenue. Situated in Upper Bidwell Park, the Bear Hole is a popular swimming place along a picturesque creek with interesting lava formations. Several swimming holes are linked by chutes between the lava rock. Access the Bear Hole where East Avenue turns into Wildwood Avenue at the entrance to Upper Bidwell Park.

WARNING: It is not advised to swim in the chutes or dive from the rocks. Many people have died over the years at the Bear Hole.

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World's Largest Yo-Yo is located west of Highway 99 from 8th or 9th Streets. Situated in downtown Chico, the National Yo-Yo Museum houses the world's largest working wood yo-yo at 265 pounds as well as some of the earliest yo-yos from the 1920's to present day. Yo-yos can also be purchased from Bird in Hand.

National Yo-Yo Museum
320 Broadway
Chico, CA 95973
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Sierra Nevada Brewery is located off Highway 99 from the 20th Street exit. This hugely successful brewery offers tours, a gift shop, entertainment venue and restaurant. Enjoy a hand-crafted beer at their bar, join a tour and learn about the science of beer making or enjoy a meal on their outdoor patio.

Sierra Nevada Brewery Restaurant
1075 East 20th Street
Chico, California 95928
(530) 893-3520

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Patrick Ranch Museum is located off Highway 99 from E. Park Avenue. The Patrick Ranch is a working ranch from early settler days consisting of a ranch house, barns, blacksmith shop, orchard, garden, silos, water tank house and more. Visitors are encouraged to take part in old-time farm life with duties like making biscuits and churning butter while entertainment includes pony rides, a petting zoo, pie eating contests and live music. Open during the summer and for special events.

Patrick Ranch Museum
10381 Midway
Durham, CA 95938
(530) 342-4359

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Oroville Chinese Temple is located east of Highway 70 from Montgomery Street. Originally built in 1863 to serve the largest community of Chinese north of Sacramento, the temple today houses artifacts from the Chinese culture including embroidered tapestries, parade parasols, medicinal herbs and gold related items. The temple consists of several original buildings and a garden complete with Chinese plants and a fish pond. This is a working temple serving many eastern religions including Confucianism and Buddhism.

Chinese Temple & Museum
1500 Broderick Street
Oroville, CA 95965
(530) 538-2496

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Museum of the Forgotten Warriors is located east of Highway 70 from Beale Road. Situated next to Beale Air Force Base, the Museum of the Forgotten Warriors features over 50,000 items from the Revolutionary War to present day. Exhibits include helicopters, tanks, landing craft, uniforms, flags, weapons, photographs and much more. The Dog Tag Memorial honors the troops who have died during the War on Terror in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Museum of the Forgotten Warriors
5865 A Road
Marysville, CA 95901
(530) 742-3090

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Plumas Points of Interest

Quincy is located off Highway 70 in the heart of the Plumas National Forest. The small town of Quincy is situated in a lush Alpine valley and features a rich history in gold mining and logging. Many of the original 1800's storefronts still stand and are today occupied by cafés, boutique shops, galleries and antique stores with an impressive 4-story courthouse as the focal point of town. Catch the latest blockbuster movie at the Town Hall Theatre. The West End Theatre presents live theatrical events. The nearby Bucks Lake and Lake Almanor offer opportunities for fishing, boating, water-skiing, swimming and camping. Explore a meadow of carnivorous plants at Butterfly Valley Botanical Area. Enjoy fishing, camping and hiking at Plumas Eureka State Park, the site of a gold rush-era ghost town that visitors are welcome to explore. Near Lake Almanor is the Coppervale Ski Hill that offers downhill and cross-country skiing in the winter. Take a scenic drive east along Highway 70. This stretch of road follows the Feather River through towering canyons and tunnels, and is one of the most incredibly beautiful routes in all of California.

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Feather Falls is located east of Oroville off Highways 99 or 70. Head east from Highways 99 or 70 on Oro Dam Boulevard (Highway 162). Make a right on Olive Highway continuing on Highway 162 east for approximately 7 miles. Make a right on Forbestown Road for approximately 6 miles. Make a left on Lumpkin Road and head north over the lake for approximately 11 miles. Make a left on Bryant Ravine Road and follow to the trailhead. Feather Falls is over 400 feet tall making it an impressive sight. Two trails make a loop to the falls, the shorter of which is 3.5 miles and strenuous, the longer of which is 4.5 miles and moderately difficult. The hike in is downhill, so it's your choice which trail to take in and out.

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Feather River Fish Hatchery is located east of Highway 70 from Montgomery Street. The Feather River Fish Hatchery is a key element in maintaining healthy numbers of salmon and steelhead in the Feather River and its tributaries. The visitor center features a viewing platform, viewing window, and the gathering tank at the top of a fish ladder. Windows are provided along the spawning building to allow visitors a glimpse of the spawning process.

Feather River Fish Hatchery
5 Table Mountain Blvd.
Oroville, CA 95965
(530) 538-2222

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