Redding Area Recreation
Below are descriptions of some of the recreation opportunities in the Redding area. For directions to specific trailheads, visit our trails page.
Sacramento River Rail Trail (National Recreation Trail)
Following the course of Keswick Reservoir and the old rail line, the Sacramento River Rail Trail connects the Sacramento River Trail in Redding to the Shasta Dam area. This paved 11-mile long trail is nearly flat and is open year-round to hikers, joggers, and bicyclists. Trailheads are located at Keswick Dam Road, Keswick Boat Launch, the intersection of Rock Creek Road and Iron Mountain Road, and below Shasta Dam. Free parking is available at all trailheads. Map
Swasey Recreation Area and Mule Ridge Trails
Over 30 miles of dirt single-track wind through the hills between Swasey Drive and Muletown Road. This area offers several trails of varying difficulty for mountain bikers, equestrians, and hikers. Some trails follow historic mining ditches and others climb steadily to Mule Mountain Pass before connecting to Whiskeytown NRA. Outstandign views of the surrounding area ara abundant on the Mule Ridge trail. A popular and moderately challenging mountain biking loop is to start at the Wintu Trailhead and make a counterclockwise loop by heading out on the Wintu Trail, climbing up the Escalator, riding around Mule Mountain, and returning to the parking lot on the Mule Mountain Trail. Another fun loop is to start at the Oak Knoll Trailhead, ride up the Mule Ridge Trail, down Cosmos Way, and back to the trailhead via the Princess Ditch Trail. Map
Bring your boat out to the cool waters of Keswick Reservoir and fish until your heart is content. If trout are what you are looking for...this is the place. This is also an excellent place to simply float around and enjoy nature and wonderful views of Shasta Dam. At the Keswick Boat Ramp there is also a trailhead for the beautiful Sacramento River Rail Trail.
If you like to enjoy nature from the seat of a quad of motorcycle, this is your place. The Chappie-Shasta OHV Area offers nearly 200 miles of roads and trails for the off-road enthusiasts, from technical black diamond single-track to cruiser quad and jeep trails and everything in between. Spectacular views of Mount Shasta, Shasta Lake, Shasta Dam, and Keswick Reservoir are abundant from most of the trails. There are two main staging areas to access the trails. Copley Mountain staging area is accessed via Iron Mountain Road and the Shasta Campground and Staging Area is accessed by crossing Shasta Dam. The brochure and maps of this area are available at the BLM Redding Field Office or can be printed.
Clear Creek Greenway
This area is a pleasant diversion that is only a stone's throw away from metropolitan Redding. Grab your hiking boots, swimming trunks, and binoculars and come enjoy the trail, cool water, and abundant wildlife. Stop at the Clear Creek Gorge Overlook and watch fall run Chinook Salmon spawning in the creek below. Salmon viewing is best between October 1 and December 1. Take a short hike around the rim trail to the east for great views into the canyon. Interpretive displays near the salmon viewing platform describe the mining history of the area, Native American culture, wildlife, native plants, and the salmon life cycle. Hike, bike or ride your horse along the trails which connect to Horsetown Clear Creek Preserve and to the Cloverdale Trails. Horsetown Clear Creek Preserve offers guided nature excursions throughout the year. For more information contact HCCP at 530-241-2026. CCG Map Cloverdale Map
Whiskeytown NRA: This link will lead you to the Whiskeytown webpage. The Mule Mountain Trail (accessed from the Swasey Recreation Area) connects to the Whiskeytown trail system.
Shasta Dam: For more information on accessing Shasta Dam check out the Bureau of Reclamation's Shasta Dam webpage. This site includes information on tours including contact information.
Bureau of Land Management
Redding Field Office
355 Hemsted Drive
Redding, CA 96002
Phone: (530) 224-2100
Fax: (530) 224-2172
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., M-F
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