The collapse of Northern California logging ended the McCloud River Railroad’s line to Burney. In 2009, citizens and local organizations formed a partnership to acquire the right-of-way. The trust won a $350,000 state grant this month to purchase the right-of-way. Called the Great Shasta Rail Trail, the route spans more than 80 miles through forested mountains.
The Great Shasta Rail Trail follows the alignment of the McCloud River Railway through the expansive forestlands of the northstate. It will link innumerable recreation opportunities with the towns of Burney and McCloud, such as the world-famous Burney Falls State Park, the Lassen National Forest and Shasta Trinity National Forest, and the Pacific Crest Trail.
The path of the Great Shasta Rail Trail winds through the expansive forests of far Northern California, and features impressive views of the region’s stunning natural beauty. With majestic Mount Shasta at the northwest end, and Burney Mountain at the southeast end, this public trail will have great views heading both directions.
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