Waterfalls, old-growth forests, historic landscapes and sweeping vistas are just a few of the gems you’ll encounter in the recreation area surrounding the Whiskeytown reservoir. While most tourists come to Whiskeytown for water recreation, the park also boasts a 70-mile trail system, including four waterfalls.
In fact, the park service even invites visitors to partake in the “Whiskeytown Waterfall Challenge,” hiking to all four waterfalls during their trip. Get your “Waterfall Passport” on the Park Service website to be sure you won’t miss a thing.
At 220 ft., the Whiskeytown Falls are the tallest. They’re located on the James K. Carr trail and were once secret to all but a few locals, but were “rediscovered” in 2004. Trails were opened to the public in 2005.
The best time to visit the falls is in the spring when the waters are running high from winter snow melt. In the summer months the creek trails and waterfalls offer a great respite from the heat.