Things to do in Castle Crags State Park

By Adrianna | March 13, 2018

Standing sentinel on the northwestern edge of Castle Crags State Park, the 6,000 feet tall granite spires commands the attention of park visitors. These huge formations are believed to be millions of years old. Together the monoliths look like a castle complete with spiral towers. They are part of the grandeur of this park, bringing visitors back year-after-year to camp, fish, and hike in the wilderness.

Camping is allowed year-round in this beautiful park. Pitch your tent under the stars and really immerse in the rugged wilderness surrounding you. Drinking water, flush toilets, and hot showers are located nearby. Another great option for camping near the park is Railroad Park Resort. The property borders Castle Crags, giving you the best amenities and the ideal location for day trips to the park.

Fishing is a fun pastime for campers or visitors. The Sacramento River flows through Castle Crags State Park. There are several access points for your convenience or choose to find your own private fishing hole.

Most state parks do not allow rock-climbing. Castle Crags is the exception. Here, experienced climbers can challenge themselves on the rugged mountainous terrain. Castle Dome and the surrounding rocks are believed to have originated from the ocean crust. Heart-stopping in size and shape, they are the perfect challenge for avid rock-climbing enthusiasts.

If you would prefer to keep your feet on the ground, then hiking is a perfect option. There are 28 miles of trails through Castle Crags State Park. Novice hikers can stroll Root Creek Trail, a 1-mile hike, where a shaded lane leads guests to a quiet mountain creek.

Advanced hikers who want a real challenge can try out Crags Trail which will lead them to the base of Castle Dome. The Pacific Crest Trail is 2650 miles long and runs from Mexico to Canada. Part of the Pacific Crest Trail runs through Castle Crags State Park. Challenge yourself to the whole trail or just access it in the park for a day hike. While you are hiking, don’t miss the pedestrian suspension bridge that spans the Sacramento River.

Families who want to enjoy the park for the day can bring in a picnic and enjoy the scenery any time of year. In the fall and winter months, it can get a bit chilly. Layers of clothes will help you to stay comfortable. There are picnicking sites and facilities at Riverside, near the suspension bridge.

For spectacular vistas, great exercise opportunities and plenty of fresh mountain air, consider a visit to Castle Crags State Park.

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