NOR CAL ADVENTURES: AHJUMAWI LAVA SPRINGS STATE PARK

The Extraordinary State Park In Northern California You Can Only Get To By Boat

The state parks here in Northern California are some of the best you’ll find in the country. It seems like there is an endless amount of beautiful landscapes to explore. If you haven’t visited the state park featured here yet, you’ll want to plan a visit ASAP. It’s considered one of the least visited parks in the state because it’s only accessible via boat. However, you’ll be happy you made a little extra effort to visit this isolated park in one of the most gorgeous Northern California settings. Check it out.

Located in the northeastern portion of Shasta County is one of the most underrated state parks in Northern California. It’s considered the least visited park despite holding immense amounts of beauty.


 

It makes sense that the park doesn’t see huge crowds considering it’s only accessible by boat. If you don’t own a boat, don’t worry. There are several guide services in the area that provide kayak rentals along with useful knowledge about how to get to the park.


 

The name of the park is aptly translated to “where the waters come together”. Ahjumawi is where several rivers, lakes, and creeks come together. It’s also home the country’s largest freshwater springs. The springs produces 1.2 billion gallons of fresh water per day and it’s incredibly crystal clear.


 

In fact, the water is so clear that you may not be able to resist taking a quick dive into it. Surrounded by a lovely scene of tree-covered islands, this place is like a little hidden oasis in the middle of Northern California.


 

There are about 20 miles of hiking trails traversing through the park. It’s the perfect way of exploring every inch of this incredible place. You’ll even stumble across several abandoned structures.


 

An old farmhouse stands in silence in the middle of the park. There’s something almost mystical about this park. It’s an awesome place to get away from it all.


 

Oh, and there’s a reason it’s called “Lava Springs” state park. Over half of the 6,000-acre park is covered in rugged lava flows.


 

Here you can see all sorts of fascinating volcanic features including black basalt lava flows that were deposited 2,000 to 5,000 years ago. It almost looks otherworldly!


 

If you’ve been craving an isolated camping experience where chances are slim you’ll run into anyone else, plan on spending a night or two at one of the park’s campsites.


 

Visitors of the park are treated to magnificent views of Mt. Shasta, Mt. Lassen, and other nearby peaks. This place truly couldn’t be any more magical. Ahjumawi is bound to become one of your favorite hidden gems in California.


 Would you visit Ahjumawi Lava Springs State Park? It looks absolutely magical.


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