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In Your Own Backyard

03/15/2013 04:32PM ● Published by anonymous

1. Whiskeytown Lake Located just 8 miles west of Redding, Whiskeytown National Recreation Area is home to a special collection of animal and plant life. The lake, trails and numerous waterfalls provide outdoor enthusiasts opportunities for water recreation, photography, hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. www.nps.gov/whis

2. Hat Creek Resort This is a great place for outdoor lovers! Pitch a tent bring your RV or rent a cabin. You’ll love fishing for wild trout on Hat Creek and you will enjoy the many things to do in the surrounding area. Check out Subway Cave go for a hike or bring your ATV and let the fun begin! www.hatcreekresortrv.com

3. Houseboats at Shasta Lake People come from all over the world to play in our backyard, and houseboating is one of the many popular things they do here in the summer. Get together with a handful of friends and rent a houseboat for a weekend. www.shastalake.com/resorts/

4. Patrick’s Point It’s up to you how busy you want to be at Patrick’s Point. Search for agates on the beach, whale watch, camp, hike or bike on the many miles of trails. Or just lie on the beach and enjoy the gorgeous sunsets while listening to the sound of the waves crashing on the shore. www.parks.ca.gov

5. Castle Crags Located six miles south of Dunsmuir off I-5, Castle Crags State Park features soaring spires polished by glaciers of ancient granite and about two miles from the quick running upper Sacramento River and lovely Castle Creek. www.parks.ca.gov

6. Lassen National Park Lassen Park contains nearly every type of volcanic feature and is unmatched in its variety, but it also contains lush old-growth forests, clear mountain streams and lakes and remnants of ancient mountains long gone. www.nps.gov/lavo/

7. McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park The park is an hour’s drive from Redding and offers forest and five miles of streamside and lake shoreline, including a portion of Lake Britton. The park’s centerpiece is the 129-foot Burney Falls, possibly the most beautiful waterfall in the state, spilling 100 million gallons a day from underground. www.burney-falls.com

8. Bridge House Bed & Breakfast Located on historic Riverside Drive in downtown Redding, this bed and breakfast is walking distance to the Sacramento River Trail and the Sundial Bridge and some of Redding’s great eating establishments. Be a tourist in your own town! www.reddingbridgehouse.com

9. Girard Ridge Lookout Tower The Girard Ridge Lookout is near Dunsmuir on a ridge directly east of Interstate 5. The lookout was restored to its original character by the Forest Service and others. It is now being offered as an overnight retreat for personal recreational use. www.fs.fed.us/r5/shastatrinity/recreation

10. O’Brien Mountain Inn The O’Brien Mountain Inn is a bed and breakfast in the true California tradition of elegant, yet casual. Their aim is to offer you every comfort with style. With many different rooms and suites available, there’s something for everyone’s taste. www.obrienmountaininn.com/

In Print, Life+Leisure enjoyables In Your Own Backayard Hat Creek Resort Houseboats at Shasta Lake Patrick's Point Castle Crags Lassen National Park McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park Bridge House Bed and Breakfast Girard Ridge Lookout Tower O'Brien Mountain Inn
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