Lassen County
Visitor Guide
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Hwy 89 Old Station, CA 96071
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This section of the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway begins at the northern edge of Lassen Volcanic National Park and is a continuation of the volcanic terrain from Lassen.

Just a few miles north of the park is Old Station, which traces the historic Lassen and Nobles Emigrant Trails, both designated by Congress as National Historic Trails. This area served as a stagecoach stop and military post in the early part of California’s settlement. By the 1860’s it was known that this area had a unique geological history. Just north of Old Station is Subway Cave offering an opportunity to walk through a volcanic lava tube. The 1/3 mile long cave has a constant temperature of 46 degrees even when the outside temperature during the summer months may approach 100. Besides a sweater, you’ll need a flashlight, as there is no lighting inside this volcanic spectacle.

Further along Hwy. 89 is Hat Creek, considered by many as one of the best trout flyfishing streams in the country. Numerous access points, as well as campgrounds, provide the makings of a great summer vacation. Hat Creek, along with numerous other creeks and rivers, virtually rise right out of the ground. These cold spring fed waters are perfect habitat for trout.

Continuing north on Hwy. 89 are several private and Forest Service campgrounds, as well as classic mid 19th century resorts. The Intersection of Hwy. 89 and 299 allows for several optional side trips to the communities of Burney and Fall River Mills. Both have lodging and a variety of restaurants. In Fall River Mills, the historic Fort Crook Museum is open May to November, with a huge collection of memorabilia from early settlers and  Native American artifacts. 

Heading back to Hwy. 89 and north of the Intersection about six miles is what Theodore Roosevelt called the “eighth wonder of the world” McArthur Burney Falls State Park. The never-changing water volume over the falls is what makes it so unusual. The sources of most of its water are springs, just a 1/2 mile above the falls. The state park also includes an extensive campground and Lake Britton.

The scenic drive continues north on Hwy. 89 with uncrowded roads and a number of forest access roads that will truly get you “off the beaten path”. Hwy. 89 and the McCloud River loop offers the chance to see three spectacular water falls – Lower, Middle and Upper McCloud Falls. Your next stop is McCloud, a great stopover or even a place to enjoy the evening.

Drive Tips
Distance: 70 miles
Minimum Driving Time: 3 hours
Best Time to go: March – November

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