Castle Crags SP Campground
Castle Crags State Park is off Interstate 5, six miles south of Dunsmuir. The park is best known for its soaring granite crags. Within the park are 28 miles of hiking trails, a vista point with views of Mt. Shasta, and gently flowing creeks.
The forested campground in Castle Crags State Park has 76 standard campsites for RVs, trailers and tents along with 6 environmental campsites. Most campsites are arranged on loops on the north side of Interstate 5. A pedestrian underpass at I-5 allows access to the Sacramento River.
A separate, smaller campground - Riverside Campground - is on the south side of I-5 and the river. It has 12 first come, first served campsites. A pedestrian suspension bridge provides access between Riverside Campground and the main features of the park. One campsite is designated for use by Pacific Crest Trail hikers.
Reservations for the main campground are non-specific, which means that a particular campsite will be assigned upon your arrival. Highway noise and passing trains can be heard at both camping area.
Changes in California State Parks Reservation System
California State Parks is switching to a new reservation system beginning August 1, 2017. ReserveCalifornia will replace the previous ReserveAmerica. "Beginning on midnight July 26, 2017, the website and telephone reservations for California's state parks will be temporarily offline to prepare for the exciting launch of the new system on August 1. During this time, all existing reservations will be honored. An electronic or hard copy from ReserveAmerica will need to be presented to State Parks staff when checking in for reservation made prior to July 26, 2017."
ReserveCalifornia Reservations Tips
California State Parks' new reservation system - ReserveCalifornia - now allows campers "to make reservations 6 months to the day in advance of their arrival date." For example, on January 1 reservations can be made for stays beginning on July 1. In the past, reservations were released in one-month blocks. Now it is day by day. For months with fewer days than the month 6 months away, reservations for the remaining days will be released in a small cluster on the first of the next month. For example, on March 1 (because February is a short month) you can make reservations for stays beginning August 29-31. Read details at ReserveCalifornia.
General Camping Information
Opening and closing dates of campgrounds are only estimates, usually dependent on snow conditions. Not all campsites can accommodate trailers or RVs of all lengths. Check carefully on the website when you make your reservation to be sure your vehicle will fit your campsite.
In order to prevent the spread of invasive insects, firewood from outside the area is not permitted.
Designated Accessible sites are usually reserved for people with disabilities who have a vehicle displaying an accessible parking placard or license plate