The dramatic profile of Castle Crags State Park comes from the 6,000-foot-tall, glacier-polished, granite spires (crags) that lend the park its name. The park has dozens of developed campgrounds with showers, flush toilets and potable water, so it’s a great place to set up camp and explore the surrounding area. But even if you never leave the park, there’s so much to do in this 4,350-acre playground, you could entertain yourself for days. There are 28 miles of trails that wind around the base of the tall cliffs and offer fantastic hiking, biking or horseback riding. Try your luck fishing in the Sacramento River as it winds through the park. If you’re in good shape, do not miss the extraordinary Crag Dome Trail, which winds about 6 miles up a steep slope into the heart of the awesome granite pinnacles of Castle Crags.
Make sure to stop by the Visitors Center on your way into the park to orient yourself and see the informative exhibits.