Outstanding Fall Colors
Contact: Steve Thede, 530-242-3450
“This year is turning out to be an exceptional year for fall colors,” stated Whiskeytown Superintendent Jim Milestone. Areas near streams, like Crystal Creek and Brandy Creek, and along most of Whiskeytown’s hiking trails and roadways are all showing some great color right now, including more reds and pinks along with the usual yellows and oranges.
“But don’t wait too long, if you want to see the colors at their best,” warned Chief of Interpretation Steve Thede. “As the rains come, the leaves will fall quickly.” At the Visitor Center, Park Rangers and staff can provide some excellent choices of places to go and see the colors for themselves. Those who have yet to visit the newly rediscovered Whiskeytown Falls might want to take advantage of a hike on the James K. Carr trail to see the waterfalls and the colors in one trip. Another spectacular trail is to Brandy Creek Falls. Both of these waterfalls still have plenty of water in them, with more expected as the rains come.
“The fall and winter seasons are a great time to visit Whiskeytown National Recreation Area,” stated Superintendent Milestone. “Hiking, biking, bird and wildlife watching, horseback riding and other off-lake recreational opportunities are often more pleasant with the cooler weather. Boating, sailing and fishing are still popular on the lake, and can be more relaxed with fewer visitors this time of year,” concluded Milestone.
For more information, contact the Visitor Center (530-246-1225), open daily between 10AM and 4PM.
Did You Know?
Whiskeytown has phantom orchids (Cephalanthera austiniae)? They are all white and devoid chlorophyll. This means that it cannot make energy for itself and must rely on symbiotic mycorrhizae for its nutrition.