Castle Crags State Park

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Castle Crags State Park

California

(530) 235-2684

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Overview

This park, adjacent to the Castle Crags Wilderness in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest, is named after its 6,000-feet tall glacier-polished crags. The park offers swimming and fishing in the Sacramento River, hiking in the back country, and a view of Mount Shasta. There are 76 developed campsites and six environmental campsites. The park also features 28 miles of hiking trails. The Pacific Crest Trail also passes through the park.

Map of Castle Crags (CA)

Latitude, Longitude: 41.165336, -122.315091

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Activities

  • Camping

    There are 76 developed campsites and six environmental campsites. Sites have fire rings, picnic tables, and during travel season interpretive shows are given around the campfire center.

  • Fishing

    Fishing in the Sacramento River is excellent. Check with the park office for regulations and fishing tips.

  • Hiking

    Backcountry hiking is a popular activity. The park has 28 miles of trails and access to the Pacific Crest Trail and the Castle Crags Wilderness in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest.

  • Historic Sites

    An interpretive site by a natural spring near the park's picnic area, explains the history of the springs in the area and the resorts based around them. The water from this spring was bottled and sold as Castle Rock Mineral Water, winner of a blue ribbon award in 1899 at the California State Fair.

  • Horseback Riding

    Horseback riding opportunities abound in the Shasta-Cascade region, including outfits such as Burney Mountain Guest Ranch (reached at 530-335-4087) and Drakesbad Guest Ranch in Chester that can lead trips into Castle Crags State Park (reached at 866-999-0914).

  • Off Highway Vehicles

    Please call the park for more information on OHV use.

  • Picnicking

    Picnic areas are located across the river from the park's main entrance in cool forest groves.

  • RVing

    There are 76 developed campsites and six environmental campsites. Sites have fire rings, picnic tables, and during travel season interpretive shows are given around the campfire center.

  • Water Sports

    Visitors can go whitewater paddling on Sacramento River.

Seasonality/Weather

Summer and spring are warm; fall and winter can be cool. Layered clothing is advised.

Park Partners

Castle Crags Interpretive Association

The Castle Crags Interpretive Association (CCIA) furthers the interpretive and educational goals of Castle Crags State Park. Through Visitor Center sales, donations, membership dues and special events, the association provides financial support to the park.

The park has very active groups of volunteers such as naturalists, facilities and grounds people, researcher, trail workers and others). CCIA provides critical funds to support these volunteer activities. The Castle Crags Interpretive Association has proven itself to be a valuable ally to the parks, visitors, and staff at Castle Crags State Park. For more information about the association and its many activities, or to become a supporter, contact the association.

Directions

Driving

The park is located six miles south of Dunsmuir on Interstate 5. Latitude/Longitude: 41.1852 / -122.3427

Flying

The closest major airport to Castle Crags State Park is in Sacramento, California at Sacramento International Airport, approximately 158 miles away; major car rental firms from Avis to Thrifty can be found there.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(530) 235-2684

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