THE BEST PART: Gateway to the Sacramento Rail Trail, handicap accessible, river-side access, lots of friendly people and dogs (can be wall to wall on holiday evenings)

LEASHES: Required

HAZARDS: Glass on bridge deck is HOT in the summer, watch out for bikers, keep your dog away from the dead salmon that litter the beach during fall spawning season. If you bring a puppy that is not fully vaccinated, CARRY IT! This is a hugely popular dog-destination and a great place to pick up one of the deadly Nor Cal strains of parvovirus.

USER FAVORITES: Stroll left after the Bridge and explore the Arboretum; another half-mile or so to Caldwell park and the fish viewing ladder. Or go right and take the 1.4-mile loop trail.

DIRECTIONS: Take Interstate 5, Central Redding Exit 678 (Exit 678B from the north). Take Hwy 44 West to Auditorium Drive (Exit 1). Turn right to Turtle Bay Exploration Park.

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