PROJECT TRAIL: Great Shasta Rail Trail


This proposed 80-mile rail-trail aims to save a historic railway corridor for future generations to appreciate. Railbanking is in process for the line beginning outside of McCloud, CA and extending eastward to Hambone and Burney. Meandering through Northern California's small towns and natural wonders in Lassen and Shasta-Trinity National Forests, the Great Shasta Rail Trail will provide exceptional recreational value while preserving the corridor's local historical significance. The trail will connect to McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park and the McCloud River recreation sites.

Built at the turn of the 20th century, this corridor served a vital role for the logging and agriculture industries in the area. Becoming obsolete and unprofitable in the late 1900s, local advocates set forth on railbanking the property for recreational trail purposes. Those leading the efforts to create the Great Shasta Rail Trail are currently handling the logistics of funding, site assessments and corridor planning. No timetables have been set for the project.


All project trails listed on are in various phases of development and may not be open for public use. Rails-to-Trails Conservancy does not manage any trails listed on To learn more about the current status of trail development, please look in the "Related Links" section below to find contact information for the local organization or agency responsible for trail management.