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Posted by Inigo On April - 10 - 2018 0 Comment

There are many reasons why you should experience camping in Northern California like walking beneath the thunder of a waterfall and sitting at the base of a volcano. Conveniently, many of them are located within a few hours between each other so that you can see more in a short amount of time. Here are the top four camping destinations in a driving loop around Northern California.

Lassen Volcanic National Park
There is only one main road through Lassen Volcanic National Park. It can be accessed from Highway 36 by Chester, California or Highway 44 by Shingletown, which is just outside of Redding, CA. There are eight campgrounds in the park. There are no hookups, but drinking water is available. Some sites have flush toilets, and the more rustic campsites use vault toilets. There is a small store in the park.

While you are in the park, stop by the volcanic vents. Boiling water forms super-heated pools and steaming mud holes. Bumpass and Sulphur Works are two of the most popular volcanoes to visit. If you want to fish, birdwatch, and take leisurely hikes, hit Manzanita Lake nearby. The flat trail meanders around the water and it’s a great way to see Lassen Peak.

McArthur – Burney Falls State Park
McArthur – Burney Falls State Park is a short drive from Lassen National Park. Follow the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway from Lassen to Burney, California. From this park, you will get a panoramic view of Mt Lassen and Mt Shasta.

There are many facilities and options available like RV camping, tent sites, cabins, boat rentals, and Wi-Fi. These campgrounds are very popular in the summer as the locals try to escape the heat, so it is a good idea to call for reservations. The famous falls roar off a 129-foot drop. A trail will take you the base of the fall where you will get splashed and misted. Wear appropriate shoes and clothing.

Lake Siskiyou
Right around the bend from Burney Falls is Lake Siskiyou. Lake Siskiyou is a beautiful lake on the Sacramento River near the base of Mt. Shasta. The lake is often called the recreational jewel of Northern California with several opportunities for fishing and boating. While there are several campgrounds in the area, Railroad Park Resort is the most interesting of them all and is just a 20-minute drive from the lake.

Railroad Park Resort is a pet-friendly campground with tent sites, RV hook-up sites, and rustic cabins. There are plenty of on-site activities at the resort and there’s also direct access to Castle Crags State Park.

Whiskeytown Lake
Whiskeytown will round out your loop of camping in Northern California. This lake is located southwest of Redding, California. There are several camping sites all around the lake. The lake is host to many regatta and sailing events. There is also plenty of fishing, swimming, and hiking. Personal watercraft vehicles are not allowed on the lake.

After getting your fill of camp food and sun, it is a 30-minute drive back to I5. It is 2 ½ hours to Sacramento and 2 ½ hours to the Oregon border from Redding, California.

Whether you’re a birdwatcher, weekend fisherman, or a sun seeker there is a camping ground in Northern California that is sure to suit your needs.


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