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Fall for These Falls

Hike to Beautiful Whiskeytown Falls near Redding

Flowing waterfalls are harder to find in California these days, but you can still chase plenty of them in Redding’s Whiskeytown National Recreation Area. This 42,000 acres of wilderness park is home to four waterfalls. Hike to the tallest, the three-tiered, 220-foot Whiskeytown Falls. It’s 3.5 miles (round-trip) on the James K. Carr Trail.

The moderate trail lopes through a forest with some clearings offering views of the vast wilds here. Towards the base of the falls, cross a bridge and keep going until you see the 220-foot oasis, currently in beautiful form. Enjoy it from different perspectives, whether at the grotto or up on the higher viewing platform, reached via a set of cement stairs. Soak it in.

Bonus Beers & Food Trucks: Keep the good times flowing at Final Draft Brewing Company in Redding. Redding has been evolving its craft beer scene practically behind the scenes, emerging as a craft beer leader. That includes Final Draft’s 20+ choices. The spacious restaurant (there’s also an outdoor patio) and tap room are ideal for kicking back and relaxing. Right behind the brewery is The Park, downtown Redding’s food truck park, open Thursday through Saturday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. This family-friendly outdoor event space has live music, Karaoke, and plenty of food trucks and drinks.

From the Visitor Center, drive west for 9 miles on Hwy. 299 to Crystal Creek Rd. Turn left onto Crystal Creek Rd., then drive 4 miles to the paved parking lot on the left. Parking is limited and the lot is small, so arrive early! There is a vault toilet at the trailhead. (Brandy Creek Falls is currently closed, but the other three, including Whiskeytown Falls, are open.) Dog-friendly!

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