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Castle Crags State Park

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(530) 235-2684

Park Hours

Castle Crags is open for camping year round. Day use hours are from Sunrise to Sunset. Self-Registration is Required. Ranger on Patrol will verify.

Max. Trailer Lengths

Trailer: 21 Feet
Camper/Motorhome: 27 Feet

Driving Directions to Castle Crags SP

The park is located six miles south of Dunsmuir on I-5.

Reservation Notice

Beginning Aug. 1, 2017, California State Parks is moving to a new reservation system to make it easier for you to reserve camping and lodging sites! For more information, such as FAQs, please visit ReserveCalifornia™ Note: Beginning at midnight July 26 to 8 a.m. Aug. 1, 2017, the website and telephone reservations will be temporarily offline to prepare for the new launch of the system. During this time, all existing reservations will be honored. We thank you for your patience!

Camping and Lodging

Online reservations are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Reservations can be made 7 months in advance on the first day of the month beginning at 8:00 a.m. PST via the website, by mail, or by calling the toll free telephone number at 1-800-444-7275. Due to seasonal volume, access to the ReserveAmerica website and the telephone line may at times be limited.

Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.


Root Creek Falls imageMajestic Castle Crags have inspired enduring myths and legends. More than 170 million years old, these 6000-feet tall granite spires in the Castle Crags Wilderness border the northwestern edge of Castle Crags State Park.

Castle Crags State Park offers a variety of camping, picnicking, hiking, and fishing opportunities.

The park has 76 developed campsites that are each equipped with a picnic table, food locker, and a fire ring.  Flush toilets, showers, and drinking water are available near each campsite. Picnic sites are located along the Sacramento River and at the awe-inspiring Vista Point.

With 28 miles of hiking trails, everyone can enjoy a mild stroll or an invigorating adventure. From the Vista Point parking area, a quarter mile accessible trail leads visitors to Vista Point where there are dramatic views of Castle Crags, Mount Shasta, and nearby Grays Rocks. Gentle and shaded, the mile long Root Creek Trail guides hikers along an accessible path to a year round flowing creek.

The most popular and challenging route is the Crags Trail which leads adventures to the base of Castle Dome where the views are simply breathtaking. The Pacific Crest Trail winds through the Park as well. Castle Crags State Park is often a respite for the weary hikers of this 2,650 mile trek from Mexico to Canada.

The Sacramento River flows through the park and has several access points that allow for fishing and hiking. Facilities at Riverside include camping and picnicking sites as well the famed pedestrian suspension bridge that crosses the Sacramento River.

Please note that dogs are not allowed on hiking trails.

River Trail imageCastle Crags State Park is an excellent place to use as home base to experience Shasta and Siskiyou Counties.  The park is 14 miles south of the City of Mount Shasta, 6 miles south of historic Dunsmuir and 21 miles north of Shasta Lake.

Location - Directions

Castle Crags State Park is located 6 miles south of Dunsmuir or 48 miles north of Redding along I-5; exit 724.

The entrance station is located at:
20022 Castle Creek Road
Castella, CA 96017

Seasons/Climate Recommended Clothing

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

Get an up-to-the-minute weather report for Castle Crags State Park by going to:
http://www.wunderground.com/cgi-bin/findweather/getForecast?query=96017&wuSelect=WEATHER&MR=1

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Available Activities and Facilities at Castle Crags State Park

OVERNIGHT FACILITIES
En route Campsites
Environmental Campsites
Family Campsites
Hike or Bike Campsites
TRAIL USE
Hiking Trails
Horseback Riding
DAY-USE ACTIVITIES & FACILITIES
Picnic Areas
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Fishing
Interpretive Exhibits
Nature & Wildlife Viewing
Geocaching
OTHER FACILITIES & VISITOR INFORMATION
Restrooms / Showers
Restrooms
Outdoor Showers
Drinking Water Available
 
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