Sacramento River Discovery Center

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Trail Distance: 4.2 miles
Time Estimate: 1 hr 30 min+
Elevation Gain: 1 foot
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Easy
Parking: Free
Route Type: Loop
Restroom: Yes
Description
Whether you're in the big city or a small town, the endless landscapes that surround the muttropolitan areas of California are vast and wide, with a variety of habitats like mountains, forests, grasslands, and deserts. This is especially true for the smaller city of Red Bluff which sits on the Sacramento River and offers more views and nature walks than most towns. One of the best places to enjoy the delicate nature that surrounds the city is the Sacramento River Discovery Center, where over 4 miles of dog-friendly trails are located.

The center is a family and pet-friendly place that has a spacious parking lot to stop at and amenities such as water fountains, clean-up stations for pups, trash bins, picnic areas, a learning center, and restrooms. Dogs are not allowed in facilities, but after stocking up on water and waste bags, you can travel right past it to the entrance of the first trail on the east side of the center. The system of trails hosted by the center starts with the Sacramento River Discovery Center's nature trail, a small .25-mile path that loops around the center's campground and is made from asphalt. Starting on the north side, the trail follows past forests and grasslands, with sights of bird nesting places and a place to fish and picnic along a pond. The short trail then connects to the Shasta View Trail, the second longest trail of the system.

This trail follows through the north part of the nature center, made from compacted soil with views of the mountains to the north and grass foothills on both sides of the trails. This part has the most wildlife viewing opportunities, with options to see deer, rabbits, squirrels, groundhogs, foxes, and molerats. The trails winds through the area, and after a mile, connects to the South Trail. The South Trail travels along the length of the Sacramento River, with sights of natural beaches and places to fish and begin boating. The trail finally connects back to the center at this point, ending right at the first parking area where you and Fido can go back to the car.

These easy going trail allow pups and humans to enjoy the quiet nature that surrounds the area while enjoying urban amenities without having to go too far out from the town. Enjoy a day with your pup at the Sacramento River Discovery Center.

Trail Features
Grassland, Diverse Landscape, Easy Incline, River, Forest, Beach, Muddy
Abundant Wildlife, Wildflowers, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
The path next to the river is prone to flooding and mud during the rainy season, so be careful before hiking it. There is dangerous wildlife that can use the upper trails like black bears and coyotes, so keep your pup close.
Address
1000 Sale Lane
Red Bluff, CA 96080
Hours
Mon 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Tue 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wed 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thu 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Fri 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sat 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sun 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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Address
1000 Sale Lane
Red Bluff, CA 96080
Hours
Mon 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Tue 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wed 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thu 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Fri 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sat 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sun 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM