Anderson ~ Burney ~ Cottonwood ~ Fall River Mills ~ Hat Creek
Redding ~ Shasta Lake Area ~ Shingletown ~ Whiskeytown
Shasta County today is a stunningly gorgeous expanse of land. It includes portions of the Coastal Range to the west and the Cascade Range to the north and east. The Cascades give way to the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas just south of Lassen Peak. The county also includes the northernmost reaches of the Sacramento Valley. It encompasses mountains, forests, rivers, lakes, unbelievable waterfalls (one of them, Burney Falls, was dubbed the “Eighth Wonder of the World” by Theodore Roosevelt), meadows, fertile farmland, volcanic landforms and world-class caverns.
Things to Do
When it comes to outdoor recreational activities, Shasta County is a destination that attracts visitors from everywhere. Many of the county’s attractions center around water and water sports on lakes and along many miles of streams and rivers. National forests, a national park and a national recreation area provide scenic and natural resources that can be appreciated by those who drive its scenic highways and country roads. It can be experienced more intimately by those who take the time to exit their vehicles and hike, walk, paddle or bike about.
Clean and sunny, Redding, the county seat, is a beautiful city that makes a perfect base of operations for exploring the natural wonders that surround it, while providing first-class opportunities for dining, shopping, entertainment and night life. It is the largest city in the northern third of California.
A few minutes west of Redding on Hwy 299 sparkles Whiskeytown Lake, an inviting sight that’s especially enticing on hot summer days, while a short drive to the north lies Shasta Lake, with 370 miles of shoreline when the reservoir is full. With close to a thousand houseboats including rentals and residences, Shasta Lake is called the “Houseboat Capital of the World.” The lake also offers numerous lakeside resorts, bed-and-breakfast inns and RV options, as well as fishing, boating, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, water-skiing and other water sports.