Northern California always delivers on spectacular scenery, and the Trinity River Scenic Byway is a road every RV traveler should discover. This route combines scenery and history to create an unforgettable ride along California’s Wild and Scenic Trinity River.
This scenic byway is only 140 miles long, but we’re going to give you so much information about RV campgrounds, attractions and scenery that you can easily make a multi-day trip of it. Let’s get started!
Trinity River Scenic Byway for RVers:
Also known as California Route 299, the Trinity River Scenic Byway’s beginning is the city of Redding. You’ll end your journey in the coastal town of Arcata. Here’s what to see and do along the way:
- Turtle Bay Exploration Park: Located on the Sacramento River at Redding, Turtle Bay combines art, science and entertainment for a family-pleasing attraction with a focus on nature.
- Old Shasta State Historic Park: Just west of Redding along Route 299, this once regal queen of the northern mining country stands as a ghost town to educate its visitors. Take the time to stroll through abandoned and restored buildings from the Gold Rush days before moving along the scenic byway.
- Whiskeytown National Recreation Area: If you’re ready to stop for the night, Whiskeytown Lake and the Shasta-Trinity National Forest present the perfect stopping place. Hike among awesome granite boulders, kayak the lake and then set up camp in the lakeside RV campground.
- French Gulch, an 1849 mining town on the edge of Trinity National Forest warrants a walk down its streets to view the French Gulch Hotel and the town’s vintage buildings.
- Weaverville: Plan to stay at least a day exploring the historic sites, natural wonders and cultural attractions in this idyllic mining town. Set up camp at Bigfoot Campground and then fish for salmon in the Trinity River, where you’ll also find excellent whitewater rafting. Hike or bike at least one section of the fifty-mile Weaverville Basin Trail System through the Trinity Alps Wilderness. Visit museums and galleries, and stop to enjoy quaint coffee shops and cafes. No matter how you choose to spend your time at Weaverville, it will be an experience you won’t soon forget!
- Trinity National Forest/Wild & Scenic Trinity River: The next leg of your Northern California RV journey follows a winding Route 299 along the Wild & Scenic Trinity River, surrounded by the splendor of Trinity National Forest. Pull over when you can and soak up the splendid views.
- Willow Creek: Here’s another historic mining town that offers days of fun and recreation to visitors. Tucked into the Six Rivers National Forest, Willow Creek has a long history as a Native American encampment. The Hupa Tribal Museum tells the story. You’ll also find a wonderfully-diverse collection of mining museums, art galleries, wineries and roadside produce stands to help immerse you in local culture. Don’t leave without experiencing the beaches, perfect rafting waters and fishing on the Klamath and Trinity Rivers.
- Arcata, Journey’s End: Climb two scenic summits on our Scenic Byway before ending your journey in Arcata, on California’s North Coast. The Arcata Community Forest is a lovely place to spend the final days of your vacation hiking among the redwoods. One final campground suggestion: Mad River Rapids RV Park in Arcata can accommodate any size RV and features nicely-landscaped sites and convenient amenities.
Travel the Trinity River Scenic Byway by RV for a vacation you’ll talk about for years. Here at El Monte RV Rentals, we’ll make sure you have the most comfortable lodging possible along the way!