Redding, Whiskeytown and Oak Bottom

Through the magic of the Internet our Sonoma County walking site – that does travel on vacation – gets lots of hits for Redding, Whiskeytown and Oak Bottom in Northern California. We haven’t been able to visit recently, but we’re happy to help people find their way around.

Whiskeytown Lake at Oak Bottom

Redding has devoted walking, hiking and bicycle enthusiasts, because trails on either side of the Sacramento River abound. The first one opened in 1983 and they continue to be added. Click on Redding Trail System for a map. This trail view is on the backside of Turtle Bay and is similar to miles of trail on the other side of the river.

Redding Trail around Turtle Bay

A visit to Turtle Bay, before or after a walk is well worth it. Click Turtle Bay Exploration Park for more information on this nature and art museum extraordinaire.

Turtle Bay Exploration

Part of the Turtle Bay Exploration Park is the Sundial Bridge. This first attracted us to the area. Must be a great place that attracts a world famous architect, Santiago Calatrava, to create an amazing bridge. And so it is. (No cars! And limited impact on the river.)

Sundial Bridge Redding Ca

Across the Sundial Bridge is McConnell Arboretum and Botanical Gardens covering 200 acres. We visited when it first opened in 2004 and return every time we’re in Redding.

McConnell Arboretum

To the west of Redding, is Whiskeytown – hardly a town – but there is a huge lake (dammed in 1963) part of the Whiskeytown National Recreation Area. Summertime boating is probably one of the biggest draws. There is camping and a marina at Oak Bottom open year-round. While it can be crowded, it’s possible to find some quiet in the 39,000 acres of the recreation area. We even found some flat places to walk.

Whiskeytoen Lake

Those include a short trek at Crystal Creek Falls, Carr Powerhouse, Tower House Historic District and Oak Bottom Water Ditch Trail. Visit our previous trips, by clicking How Hot is It in Redding, and Walking in Whiskeytown.

Tower House Historic Area

What reminded me of the great times we have had in Redding is a recent newsletter from Access Northern California. Please check out their website for help in getting around for those of you with extra travel challenges. Click newsletter on Redding.  Or visit their website at Access Northern California.

Crystal Falls Whiskeytown Lake

Hope this helps.

See you on the trail!

Words by Lynn Millar

Photos by Mike Millar

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