Exploring the trails, roads, and local flavor of Redding, California on two wheels

Redding, California is a great place to ride a bicycle, although we think electric bikes make it better. Located in the heart of Northern California’s Shasta County, Redding boasts a diverse and beautiful landscape, with plenty of trails and roads to explore by bike.

One of the best places to ride in Redding is the Sacramento River Trail, a paved path that stretches for over 30 miles along the river’s banks. The trail is mostly flat and easy to navigate, making it perfect for casual riders and families. Along the way, you’ll pass through parks, wildlife preserves, and scenic vistas, and you might even spot a bald eagle or two.

For a more challenging ride, head to the hills with single track accessibility directly from the Sacramento River Trail North or head over to the Whiskeytown National Recreation Area. This park, located just a short drive from Redding, offers a variety of trails for all skill levels, and is eBike friendly. The park is home to beautiful waterfalls, crystal clear creeks, and stunning views of the surrounding mountains, making it a perfect destination for a day of exploring on two wheels.

If you’re more of a road cycling enthusiast, Redding has plenty to offer as well. The area’s rolling hills and wide-open roads make it a great place to log some miles and improve your endurance. With so much natural beauty to take in, you’ll never get tired of the scenery.

Enjoying Redding doesn’t stop at the trails, with access from their recently opened Diestelhorst to Downtown project you can now ride directly into downtown from the Sacramento River Trail.

Redding has a variety of delicious dining options for when you need to refuel after a long ride. For a quick and tasty snack, stop by one of the city’s many artisanal coffee shops, where you can grab a latte and a pastry to go. With suggestions from the locals we opted to kick off our day with a Cinnamon Roll from the Deja Vu Cafe in downtown paired with a coffee fix from Feast Coffee. If you’re in the mood for something more substantial, there are plenty of restaurants from Downtown to the East Side.

We took the chance to ride the Sacramento River Trail to the East side of Redding and have a delicious fresh lunch from Tea Bar & Fusion Cafe which is a great option get fueled up and not feel weighted down by a heavy meal.

If you’re looking for some shopping options, Redding has a number of charming boutiques and independent stores to browse. Be sure to check out the downtown area, where you’ll find everything from art galleries and antique shops to clothing stores and gift shops. And if you need to pick up any bike supplies or gear, there are a number of local bicycle shops that can help you out.

Overall, Redding is a great place to visit with beautiful murals and stunning trails to navigate about safely. No matter what kind of riding you’re into, Redding has something to offer. So pack your bike and head to this beautiful corner of California for an unforgettable cycling adventure.

Thanks to Visit Redding for connecting us to local representatives to hear more about the future of cycling accessibility in Redding, CA. The Shasta Bike Depot sounds too good to be true and has us looking forward to more cities introducing their own community cycling hubs.

Conveniently located and newly remodeled, the Americana Modern Hotel was an extremely accommodating and nice place to call home for a few nights. Located in Downtown Redding, after riding all day long we were able to walk to Dinner with ease.

Photo Credit: Brent Van Auken