Castle Crags State Park RV & Campground Guide

California

Located at the north end of the Sacramento Valley, Castle Crags State Park is off Interstate 5 and 49 miles from Redding. The park has inspired enduring legends and myths since ancient times. The forest area of the park used to be home to the Okwanuchu Shasta people, who believed that spirits took human forms to live in the cliffs, rocks, and mountaintops such as the Crags. There are also a variety of animals that roam at Castle Crags. Coyotes, bobcats, and lions hunt in the higher elevations, and black bears seek berries. 

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Weather
Spring 37-78 F
Summer 54-94 F
Fall 38-88 F
Winter 34-58 F
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Nearby Cities
Sacramento, CA
Redding, CA
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Castle Crags State Park

There is a reasonable amount of camping options in and around Castle Crags State Park, including for RVs and tents. If sleeping bags and the hard ground aren't your cup of tea, then try the cozy warmth of an RV. If you don't own an RV, consider renting from RVshare where you can choose a rig that suits your individual needs. All rentals come with nationwide insurance, 24/7 roadside assistance, and an outstanding team devoted to serving you.

Castle Crags State Park Campground

Castle Crags State Park has 76 campsites that are each set up with a food locker, picnic table and fire ring. The campground has showers, flush toilets and drinking water near each site. 

Since Castle Crags State Park is such a popular place, the campground typically fills up quickly, so here are a few other choices. 

Railroad Park Resort

Located next to the peaceful Little Castle Creek at the bottom of magnificent Castle Crags, Railroad Park Resort is easy to get to by following Interstate 5 to exit 728 at Railroad Park Road. The resort is a 4-mile drive from Castle Crags State Park. It offers accommodations for up to 55-foot-long RVs. Here, you can wade in the creek, shop at the gift shop or relax and take in the scenery. 

• Water hookup: Yes

• Electrical hookup: Yes

• Sewer hookup: Yes

• Wi-Fi: Yes 

• Pet-friendly: Yes

• Other amenities: Cable TV, hot tub, game room, picnic tables, laundry facility

McCloud RV Resort

Located near Northern California's Cascade Range at the base of breathtaking Mount Shasta, McCloud RV Resort is a 22-mile drive from Castle Crags State Park. At this resort, you can take a stroll through the Shasta-Trinity National Forest or experience Siskiyou County's outstanding boating, fishing, hunting, hiking and relaxation.

• Water hookup: Yes

• Electrical hookup: Yes

• Sewer hookup: Yes

• Wi-Fi: Yes

• Pet-friendly: Yes

• Other amenities: RV storage, on-site laundry, cable TV, picnic tables

Antlers RV Park & Campground

Located on picturesque Shasta Lake, Antlers RV Park & Campground is a 24-mile drive from Castle Crags State Park. In the park, you can participate in outdoor activities such as swimming, volleyball, basketball and hiking. Antlers Resort & Marina is next door where you can find boat-slip and watercraft rentals. 

• Water hookup: Yes

• Electrical hookup: Yes

• Sewer hookup: Yes

• Wi-Fi: No

• Pet-friendly: Yes

• Other amenities: Cable TV, fire pit, picnic tables, laundry facility, convenience store

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What to Do at
Castle Crags State Park

Castle Crags State Park isn't just popular among campers; it's also a hot spot for anyone who wishes to learn about Shasta and Siskiyou counties. Many visitors come to learn the history of Castle Crags and listen to the enduring myths and legends. Here, you can learn about the Okwanuchu Shasta and Wintu customs and culture.

Inside Castle Crags State Park

Hiking – The way to get into the heart of the Crags' enormous granite formation is by hiking. The park offers 30 miles of trails that wind through the camping area and into the neighboring Castle Crags Wilderness. The 6-mile Castle Dome Trail takes you higher than the tree line; some say that it is the hardest trail they have ever hiked. 

Fishing – The Sacramento River runs through Castle Crags State Park and is parallel to the highway. The river and nearby creek are stocked with wild trout for catch and release only. You would need a fishing license to fish in either of these places. 

Picnicking – Under the highway is a tunnel and suspension bridge that lead to a picnic area. There are picnic tables, restrooms and drinking water nearby.

Rock climbing – If you have the equipment and are an experienced rock climber, you may enjoy the many rock-climbing routes. Some of the routes are harder and steeper than others, including the well-rated Cosmic Wall. 

Swimming – When weather permits, swimming is allowed in the Sacramento River and Castle Creek. However, you must be cautious as there are no lifeguards on duty.

Outside Castle Crags State Park

With Castle Crags adjoining the north end of the Sacramento Valley and being located just 14 miles south of the city of Mount Shasta, there's a lot to do outside the park. 

Restaurants

Yaks on the Five

Located in Dunsmuir, Yaks on the Five is a short 7-mile drive from Castle Crags State Park. The cooks serve gourmet burgers, salads and delicious baked goods. The sauces, dressings and other goodies are made fresh every morning. Yaks offers a choice of 20 rotating craft beers on tap, 100 craft ales that alternate year-round and a variety of nonalcoholic beverages.

Type: Gourmet Burgers

Location: Dunsmuir, CA

Cornerstone Café

Located in Dunsmuir, Cornerstone Café is a quick 7-mile drive from Castle Crags. The cafe serves up burritos, corned beef hash and more for breakfast plus chicken potpie, salads and other comfort foods for lunch and dinner. Draft kombucha and draft beer on tap, wine and nonalcoholic drinks are served here. 

Type: Cafe

Location: Dunsmuir, CA

Shopping

Ammirati's Market

Ammirati's Market is conveniently less than a mile away and the closest grocery store within the vicinity to the state park, so it's perfect for purchasing ice, snacks and other food provisions. You'll find a variety of other supplies you may have forgotten to bring along on your trip. 

Sightseeing

Tauhindauli Park & Trail

The Tauhindauli Park & Trail is a 9-mile drive from Castle Crags. The park and trail run along the charming Sacramento River canyon in the heart of Dunsmuir, California. Tauhindauli holds both ecological and historical significance, so this place has great recreational opportunities. You can go swimming or fish in the river. Walking trails and picnic areas are also available. 

Location: Dunsmuir, CA

Dunsmuir Railroad Depot Historical Society

The Railroad Depot is a 7-mile drive from Castle Crags State Park. On-site, there is a museum and railroad display room where you can learn about the indigenous peoples of the area. You can also read about the history of the Alexander Dunsmuir story, town and railroad. Anglers may enjoy visiting the fly-fishing exhibit dedicated to Dunsmuir's sport of fishing while they're here. 

Location: Dunsmuir, CA

Dunsmuir Botanical Gardens

Located in City Park, Dunsmuir Botanical Gardens is a 7-mile drive from Castle Crags. The gardens are filled with 10 acres of hills, woods and meadows that hold an assortment of gardens. Some native white dogwood, Shasta lilies, azaleas and a variety of perennial plants fill this beautiful garden. 

Location: Dunsmuir, CA

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How to Get to
Castle Crags State Park

Castle Crags State Park is 6 miles south of Dunsmuir at the end of the Sacramento Valley along Interstate 5. Take exit 724 into Castella, and then turn northwest onto Castle Creek Road. Follow the signs to the park. It's easy to travel on Interstate 5 with an RV as the roads are smooth with hardly any curves. Some of the roads leading to the park can be quite narrow, so move slowly. Inside the park, you will be able to maneuver your RV around with ease.

Entering Castle Crags State Park

Castle Crags State Park is open year-round from sunrise to sunset.

Per vehicle : $8

1-4 adults

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