Castle Crags State Park Campground

Shasta County

Castle Crags

Castle Crags Campground, Castle Crags State Park, CA

Castle Crags Campground

Mount Shasta Area
Attractions and Activities

Visitors to the greater Mount Shasta area find an abundance of scenic attractions and interesting destinations.

Key Campground Regulations

  1. Bears: Food and similar items must be stored in bear-proof lockers, not in vehicles
  2. Dogs: Must be kept on a 6 foot or shorter leash and attended at all times. they are not allowed on park trails and must be in a tent or vehicle at night.
  3. Firewood: Purchase firewood locally to avoid bringing in pests.
  4. Generators may not be operated from 8 PM to 10 AM.

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.

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.)

Campground Basics
Location: Off Interstate 5, six miles south of Dunsmuir
Elevation: 2,040 feet
Mileage from gateway city: Redding - 48 miles
Number of Sites: 88 standard campsites
Open - Closed: open year-round
Max. People per Site: 8 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 1 or 2 as space is available
Pets: on leash, always attended
Castle Crags State Park: (530) 235-2684

Reservations available year-round (first come, first served at smaller Riverside Campground)
Booking Window: Reservations taken from 2 days up to 6 months in advance of arrival date.
Maximum RV/trailer Length: 27 feet/21 feet
Accessible Sites: #13
Fees: $25 per night
Online Reservations at ReserveCalifornia: Castle Crags State Park Campground Reservations
or call (800) 444-PARK (7275) between 8 AM and 6 PM
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, check-out Noon

Castle Crags State Park Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, bear-proof food locker, fire ring; no hook-ups
Campground: Restrooms with flush toilets, tap water, store, amphitheater
Campground Map: Castle Crags Campground Map
Showers: Yes
Dump station: No
Nearby attractions: 13 species of wild orchids, wildlife, granite crags, hiking trails, Indian Creek Nature Loop, Crags Trail, fishing, Vista Point, Mossbrae Falls, Pacific Crest Trail

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.

Accessible Sites

Designated Accessible sites are usually reserved for people with disabilities who have a vehicle displaying an accessible parking placard or license plate.

Hike and Bike Campsite used by Pacific Crest Trail hikers, Castle Crags State Park, CA

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

  • Frontage Road to Castella - 0.6 mile
  • N. Fork Fall Creek - 6.9 miles
  • Squaw Valley Creek - 17 miles
  • Mexican Border - 1,499.2 miles

Nearest Towns

Castella - 2 miles southwest of PCT
  small community with Ammirati Market
Dunsmuir - 5.5 miles north on I-5
  Post Office, lodging, restaurants, laundry, Siskiyou Transit and General Express (STAGE)

Always confirm mileages and directions with a reliable PCT source such as the Pacific Crest Trail Association's The Pacific Crest Trail: Exploring America's Wilderness Trail.

map of campground locations at Castle Crags State Park, CA


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