SportStars Magazine

Redding Rich In Trail Riding

There’s something about a scenic trail that invigorates and revives your soul.

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This fall, discover a mosaic of crisp yellow, burnt orange and deep red canopied corridors and riverbank paths in Redding, California, where 225-plus miles of trails within a 15-mile radius are waiting to be explored.

Whether you hike, bike, walk, run or ride, Redding offers a trail for everyone. Journey from Shasta Dam to the world-famous Sundial Bridge — the hub of the nationally acclaimed Sacramento River National Recreation Trail. Or, pack some dirt in your mountain bike tires at the Whiskeytown National Recreation Area. If you’re craving more, trek to any of the nearby 50 waterfalls that reach up to 220 feet in height.

With Redding boasting 300 days of sunshine per year as the sunniest city in California, there’s always a great chance to get out and embark on a trail for the first time. The opportunities for adventure are vast, even the San Francisco Chronicle took note by labeling Redding’s extensive paths as the “gem of the U.S. trail system.”

For the more daring enthusiasts, another 250-plus miles of trails are waiting to be conquered with your off-highway vehicles in the Chappie-Shasta OHV Area, navigating through BLM land and the Shasta-Trinity National Forest. Shred the wide jeep trails in any vehicle or find the smaller tracks for ATVs and dirt bikes. The terrain takes you through dozens of creek crossings and steep hill climbs, and includes a large staging area on the river with new facilities. To top it off, stunning scenic views of Shasta Dam, Shasta Lake, Mt. Shasta, and the Sacramento River accompany your entire ride.

If you’re looking for easy paved paths for all kinds of recreation, or dirt trails for the daring enthusiasts, visit Redding – Where Fun meets Adventure!

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