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Shasta Cascade State Parks

Shasta Cascade State Parks Overview

Shasta Cascade

California State Parks in the Shasta Cascade include recreation areas, wilderness areas, reservoirs, historic parks & homes and ghost towns. Below you'll find a list of popular CA State Parks and ones we personally recommend from the jagged views of Castle Crags to the popular shoreline of Lake Oroville. Camping in California is a popular activity with most Shasta Cascade campgrounds offering conveniences like flush toilets, running water and firewood.

An entry fee is required at almost all California State Parks. It may be beneficial to purchase a yearly California State Park Pass if planning to make multiple visits to CA State Parks. Several discounts are available including passes for Day Use, Veterans, Handicapped, Surfing, Seniors and more.

Shasta Cascade

Castle Crags State Park is located six miles south of Dunsmuir on Interstate 5. Named for the jagged crags that were formed by glaciers, Castle Crags features 28 miles of hiking trails and swimming & fishing access to the Sacramento River.

Castle Crags State Park
Lakehead, California 96051
(530) 235-2684 or (530) 225-2065

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Ahjumawi Lava Springs State Park is 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. Ahjumawi 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 only by canoe or kayak. Activities at Ahjumawi Lava Springs include primitive camping, picnicking, canoeing, kayaking, hiking and fishing.

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

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Burney Fall

McArthur-Burney Falls State Park is located east of interstate 5 following Highway 299 to Highway 89 near Burney. Burney Falls is the featured attraction of this park. A large waterfall emits from a porous lava wall creating a larger waterfall than the surface creek would normally produce. A campground is near the waterfall along Burney Creek. Activities include camping, hiking and fishing.

TIPS: Lake Britton is just downstream and offers a swimming beach, hiking trails and boat rentals.

McArthur-Burney Falls State Park
Burney, California 96013
(530) 335-2777

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Chinese Joss House Museum

Weaverville Joss House State Historic Park 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. The Weaverville Joss House is an active Taoist temple and highlights the role played by Chinese immigrants during the California Gold Rush. Chinese New Year is celebrated here every year with a Lion Dance Festival.

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

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Shasta State Historic Park

Shasta State Historic Park is located 6 miles west of Redding along Highway 299. Discover this row of old, half-ruined, brick buildings and store fronts that were once the hub of a bustling 1800's mining town. Huge iron shutter doors are still framed by crumbling roofless structures. Across the road from the storefronts is the original 1861 courthouse that has been converted into the Courthouse Museum.

Shasta State Historic Park
Highway 299 and High Street
Shasta, CA 96087
(530) 243-8194

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Plumas-Eureka State Park is located five miles west of Blairsden on County Road A-14 off Highway 70. Plumas-Eureka features two lakes, a trout filled creek, historic gold-era buildings, numerous hiking trails and a nearby ski resort. Activities include camping, fishing, hiking and both cross-country and downhill skiing.

Plumas-Eureka State Park
310 Johnsville Road
Blairsden, California 96103
(530) 836-2380

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Bidwell Park trail

Bidwell Mansion State Park is located off Highway 99 in the beautiful town of Chico. The Bidwell Mansion is a huge, three-story, 26 room, Victorian home that belonged to a very important early pioneer. The mansion serves as a museum with period furnishings and architecture. Prominent figures that once visited the mansion include General William T. Sherman, Susan B. Anthony, Governor Leland Stanford and John Muir. Also in Chico and worth visiting is Bidwell City Park. Broken into two segments, the lower park is accessible from Vallombrosa Avenue west of Highway 99. A golf course and large grass picnic areas exist but one of the highlights is Sycamore Pool, a large portion of Chico Creek that is dammed in the summer and turned into a public pool. Another highlight are the picnic areas that exist in the lush forest of sycamore trees and dense ivy along Chico Creek. The original Robin Hood was filmed here, so this is also known as 'Sherwood Forest'.
The Upper park can be accessed from East Avenue to the east of Highway 99. This portion features trails for hiking and mountain biking, a kids fishing lake, swimming holes along Chico Creek and wonderful scenery of canyons carved into volcanic bluffs. A popular attraction is the Bear Hole for swimming.
NOTE: See our Cool Towns page for more details about Chico.

Bidwell Mansion & Park
525 Esplanade
Chico, CA 95926
(530) 895-6144

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Lake Oroville State Recreation Area is located off Highway 70 east of Highway 99. Activities at Lake Oroville include camping, picnicking, horseback riding, hiking, sail and power boating, water-skiing, fishing, swimming, boat-in camping and houseboating. Fishing is great for bass, salmon and steelhead.

Lake Oroville State Recreation Area
Oroville, California 95966
(530) 538-2200

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