Redding, California, is a medium sized city in North California in an idyllic setting, surrounded by mountains. The community of Redding upholds a very outdoorsy lifestyle which is made easy to follow as there are plenty of magnificent natural resources in the vicinity of the town. Redding is not only a great home for adventurous and active people; it is perfect for dog owners and equestrians as well.
There are various ways to enjoy the wildlife with your furry friend. One of the possibilities is to spend a day in the Turtle Bay East Park. This splendid park offers 80 acres of open meadows with lines of trees for much-needed shelter. The Sacramento Rivers trails through the park, and there are many trails to follow. Dogs can take a plunge in the river to cool off.
Redding, California, also has its own off-leash dog park for owners that are looking for a quick round of exercise and socializing for their dogs. This dog park is 2 acres in size and is fully fenced. There is a separate area for small dogs and trees for shelter from the sun.
The beautiful landscape of the Redding area also attracts lots of visitors. Travelers with pets can opt to stay in one of the many pet-friendly hotels. There are multiple chain hotels like Motel 6, Holiday Inn and Travelodge as well as family hotels that allow pets.
As if the name Turtle Bay doesn’t sound magical enough (we’re thinking tropical islands and chocolate treats), the Sundial Bridge at Turtle Bay is a pretty magical landmark. The 700-ft pedestrian bridge is also a working sundial, made of steel, glass, and granite spokes, and held up by pylons and cables. Designed by the famous Spanish architect, Santiago Calatrava, the configuration avoids relying on any structures in the water below, in order to protect the salmon spawning habitat. At each end of the bridge, there are public plazas and trails. The McConnell Arboretum is open to humans and leashed dogs. There, you’ll see tons of amazing species of plants, butterflies, and birds. There are over 200 acres to explore, with a trail leading 20 miles to the Shasta Dam.
If you’re looking for a place to toss a frisbee, turn around and go home. If you’re looking for spectacular views, you’ve come to right place. Second in height only to the Hoover Dam, the Shasta Dam is 602 ft high and 203 ft wide. Leashed dogs are welcome to walk around and admire this concrete testament to man’s desire to control nature. They won’t be allowed inside to visitor center or auditorium, but that’s okay. Send a friend inside to pick out a tourist t-shirt that reads “I visited the Shasta Dam and all I got was this dam shirt” and see if your other fur-rend will wear it. Then head over to the vista point to capture the perfect holiday photo. We guarantee that card will be stuck on your great aunt’s fridge until at least June.
‘Head for the hills’ is typically a term people use when they’re describing the need to escape danger. ‘Head for the bluffs’, however, is the opposite. This weekend, you should head to The Bluffs for an epic adventure! But rest assured, this one is not for the faint of heart, legs, or paws. Begin at the Turtle Bay East Open Space Dog Park. After getting warmed up at the off-leash park, start on the Sacramento River Trail. It’s a relatively flat trail with rolling hills, but pace yourself. Follow the historic rail trail along Sacramento River, past the Keswick Reservoir and the afterbay of Shasta Lake. It will turn into the Sacramento River National Recreation Trail. Take your time and stop for lunch. After approximately 11 miles of hiking (yes, 11), you should return back at the parking lot. Dogs should remain on-leash for the duration of the trail and be supplied plenty of water. For this, we recommend packing a collapsible, fabric dog bowl in your backpack.
Worried you were born 100 years too late to get in on a California gold rush? Worry no more! We’re here to confirm your fears. ‘Tis true - the gold is gone. But don’t be sad, you can still enjoy the old Blue Gravel Mine Trail, where a real gold mine once was. If there is any gold left, you probably won’t see it shining, thanks to tall trees shading the area. On the upside, your dog will stay nice and cool. Visit in the springtime when butterflies are a-buzz, sipping on wildflower cocktails and gossiping about dreadful dragonflies. In the winter, follow the trail to the Holiday Market shopping center for gift shopping and lunch. At a short 1.75 miles each way, this is the perfect place to spend some quality time with your beautiful fur-baby (and there’s truly nothing more precious than that).
No matter what time of year it is, it’s never too late to start planning for Father’s Day. Dog dads everywhere will rejoice when you take them on a surprise trip to Whiskeytown! Whoohoo! It’s almost as exciting as it sounds. Plan a day trip for some intense daddy-doggy bonding. Park at the James K. Carr Trailhead. The 220-foot waterfall known as Whiskeytown Falls is accessible via the James K. Carr Trail, a 3.4-mile hike known for being precariously wet. Keep your pets on leash, but let’s be honest, who doesn’t love danger? The falls are unfortunately fed by overflow from the Carr Powerhouse, and not a whiskey factory. You’ll have to visit a bar or distillery to fix that fix, which could be the perfect way to end the day. Yeah?