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.
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.
The 2,650-mile long Pacific Crest Trail passes through Castle Crags State Park a short distance north of the main campground. Hikers on the trail like to stop in Castle Crags because campsite #25 in the main campground's Little Loop has been designated for their use. Hike and Bike sites such as this are usually $5 per person per night. (Use the PCT button to find information about the Pacific Crest Trail at Castle Crags State Park.)
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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.
Campsite for Pacific Crest Trail Hikers
The sign says 1487 miles to the Mexican border and 1113 to Canada
Pacific Crest Trail Information
A combination of the Kettlebelly Trail and/or the Vista Point Trail lead about 1½ miles to the designated PCT hikers' campsite.
Trail Miles Northbound from PCT at Kettlebelly Trail junction
Vista Point Trail junction - 1.3 miles
Winton Canyon Creek - 3 miles
Gully Spring - 14.5 miles
Porcupine Lake trail junction - 29.6 miles + 0.2 mile west to lake
Canada Border - 1,150.8 miles
Trail Miles Southbound from PCT at Kettlebelly Trail junction