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Whiskeytown National Recreation Area

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Address: 14412 Kennedy Memorial Dr, Whiskeytown, CA 96095
Phone Number: (530) 246-1225
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Mountainous recreation area offers visitors outdoor activities such as...

Mountainous recreation area offers visitors outdoor activities such as hiking and boating, in addition to the many historical sites related to the California Gold Rush of 1849.

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Walk in Time tour: Camden House, El Dorado Mine, and gold panning in Crystal Creek

We needed something fun to close to Redding on a Saturday afternoon. The tour was well attended by gold panning enthusiasts. First we toured the interior of the Camden House then... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 25 August 2016
Catherine L
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Redding, California
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Redding, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

We needed something fun to close to Redding on a Saturday afternoon. The tour was well attended by gold panning enthusiasts. First we toured the interior of the Camden House then walked past the farm to the El Dorado mine. The kids were very interested in the mine. We were too but very glad we had water and snacks for... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2016

Stop here on our way during exploration of Shasta area. Enjoy the mountain drive with surprising to find this place. Good for weekend getaway, or hiking. Prepare your camera, always to stop for good photo spot.

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Redding, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2015

For the hikers of the world I cannot recommend Whiskeytown Falls more! This is one heck of a climb. The round trip distance is 3.4 miles but 90% of the walk to the falls is at a 55% angle! Be sure and take a portable defibrillator with you if you are not used to long treks. The Park Service defines... More 

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Vacaville, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2015

Stopped by Visitor Center first! Get map and scope out our hikes. Recommendation that with only 2-3 hours, we should do the Brandy Falls hike. The drive up was steep and slow. The hike, even slower. It was listed as Moderate, I would say Mod-Difficult. Uneven, rocky, steep and at times holding on to the railing and walking on slippery... More 

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San Mateo, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2015

Whiskeytown Lake National Recreation Area has 3 parts: Whiskeytown Unit, Trinity Unit and Shasta Unit. We went Whiskeytown Unit in April. We spent 1 day at Whiskeytown Unit and another day to hike at McCloud Falls as our spring break getaway. We drove all the way from SF and stayed at Redding. Whiskeytown Lake is just 15 min from Redding.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2015

Swimming, picnics, barbecues, fishing, kayaking; great outing for singles or families. Lots of paths for hiking, biking, or horseback riding.

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La Center, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2015 via mobile

We came here with a group of 30 the other day and had a wonderful time! We brought our own kayaks and paddle boards but you can rent them there if you don't have them yourself. If you don't want to paddle around there is great swimming and a fun dock to jump off of. There is plenty of parking... More 

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San Jacinto, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2015 via mobile

Kids wanted to swim so we decided to check out the Brandy Creek picnic area and beach. Wonderful area. Picnic benches under the shade, small market, large swim area, and lifeguards on duty until 5. It was perfect for a hot Summer day.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2015

If you are looking for some moderate hiking activity, Brandy Creek Falls Trail is the one to try out. Plan for 3-4 hours of leisurely hike and ample picture-taking along the way and at the waterfalls. Toward the end, the hike narrows and climbs a few rocks but a 4-year old could do it easily. Don't forget your camera as... More 

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Cottonwood, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2015

If you are driving from Eureka to Redding take time to stop at the Park office on the east side of the lake--great view---great facilities. Brandy Creek and Oak Bottom are 2 best locations for day use---water is usually a little cool but always full and clean.Good fishing by Dam or off shore---try Whiskeytown side---also good place to use Kayak--Whiskeytown... More 

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