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Destination McCloud California

Updated on March 2, 2015
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Traveling Off The Beaten Path

Some of the most interesting and fun places to visit are locations that you would drive past without stopping if you didn't know something special was there. McCloud, California is one of those little known great destinations. It's just a little off the beaten path but that keeps it special and preserves it for those who love to visit such locations.

The large building in the photograph here houses a restaurant and a variety of shops and some wonderful theme oriented rooms to stay in while enjoying the area.

In this article I will give you some of the reason that McCloud and the surrounding area is special. Unless otherwise indicated, all photos are mine.

How To Get There From Here

McCloud is located on Highway 89 about 12 miles east of the town of Mount Shasta, in northern California. It’s easily accessed from Interstate 5 which is a major north-south freeway on the West Coast. Interstate 5 runs by Mount Shasta City which is a beautiful town nestled at the base of majestic Mount Shasta. Mount Shasta City is a great destination in its own right with good restaurants and artsy stores but let’s look a few miles to the east at McCloud. Here’s a link to >Google maps

where you can enter “McCloud, CA” to help you find your way.

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What's Special About McCloud?

McCloud is a small town nestled in the woods with a beautiful view of nearby Mount Shasta. It has a rich history as a lumber and railroad town. The lumber mill is gone today but the legacy lives on in the buildings and people. When you visit, be sure to drive around town and take in the interesting and historic buildings that add character to the town. You might like to plan a visit around one of the many annual events such as the Dog and Pony Show Parade, Lumberjack Fiesta, McCloud Mushroom Festival, or Heritage Days. See more on the Chamber of Commerce link below.

Within a short distance from McCloud there are wonderful recreational opportunities including fishing, hunting, hiking, golfing, camping and skiing. All of these opportunities are situated in aesthetic locations that attract artists and photographers. You will find many more local attractions, accommodations and opportunities in the Chamber link below.

I want to feature some of my favorite local attractions in this article but there are many more events and attractions you can learn about in the this link to the McCloud Chamber of Commerce.

The Brown Dog Gallery

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With spectacular views of Mount Shasta, the beautiful McCloud River and nearby lakes and meadows, it’s little wonder that McCloud is a favorite destination for artists. The Brown Dog Gallery in downtown McCloud is owned by Claudia Ellis and her husband. Claudia is a well known artist and the Brown Dog features her art as well as works by many local artists and photographers. The gallery also has a wide variety of gift items. The gallery sponsors frequent art retreats and workshops that attract artists and aspiring artists from afar. You can check out the Brown Dog Gallery here.

HERE'S THE BROWN DOG (RUSTY) THAT GOES WITH THE BROWN DOG GALLERY

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The McCloud B&B Hotel

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Totally renovated in 1995, this beautiful building is now a seasonal 15 room Bed and Breakfast Inn. What a beautiful building in a beautiful location. You can learn more at its website here.

The McCloud River Merchantile and Hotel

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This fascinating and historic building once housed the "company store" back in the days when McCloud was a lumber town. The building preserves the local history and houses several fun shops and a restaurant but you must see the beautifully restored, theme based rooms for rent. Get a glimpse of what's available on their website here.

That's Mount Shasta in the background.

The McCloud River

Lower Falls on The McCloud River
Lower Falls on The McCloud River | Source

The McCloud River is found a few miles east of the town of McCloud and it's a beauty. The river offers opportunities for camping, fishing, hiking, sightseeing and swimming. The tree-lined river cuts through rugged lava flows that have created three beautiful waterfalls within a short distance. Don't miss this beautiful river when you visit McCloud.

This is a view of the Lower Falls on the McCloud

Middle Falls Jumpers

Middle Falls Jumpers
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While visiting the Middle Falls on the McCloud, I saw a father and his two sons jump from the cliff into the pool below the falls. They jumped separately but I put them together into one image so you can appreciate the scale of the jump. I must confess I have long outgrown the urge to jump off cliffs.

Why Artists Love McCloud

Mount Shasta From Near McCloud
Mount Shasta From Near McCloud | Source

This is a view of Mount Shasta from just south of McCloud. It's on the road to the McCloud reservoir if you're going boating or fishing. You can purchase images like this in the Brown Dog Gallery.

My Fine Art Photography Website

I have a fine art photography website where you can view my diverse photographic interests. I have a gallery dedicated to vintage vehicles and buildings, galleries for landscapes, waterfalls, birds, wildlife, painterly photography and a variety of other specialized subjects. Mount Shasta and various northern California scenes are prominent in many of my galleries. Most of the galleries have background music if you play them as a slideshow. This allows you to kick back and listen to the music as the images flow by. Whether you are looking for some interesting images or looking to purchase some photographic art, I think you will enjoy your visit to Chuck Nelson Photography.

I have applied many of my photographs and digital art to a wide variety of products such as mugs, mouse pads, T-shirts, cards, etc. If you are looking for a one-stop location for unique gifts, be sure to visit my Zazzle website.

I'd Love to Hear From You

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    • CNelson01 profile imageAUTHOR

      Chuck Nelson 

      5 years ago from California

      @anonymous: Thank you....I grew up in that area and after spending my working years in the city I can appreciate the area even more.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Northern California is so beautiful. Your photos are excellent. Thanks for sharing!

    • CNelson01 profile imageAUTHOR

      Chuck Nelson 

      6 years ago from California

      @Lynda Makara: It is a great visit and thank you Lyndamakaracreations

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      Lynda Makara 

      6 years ago from California

      This looks like a place I'd like to visit. Beautiful photos!

    • CNelson01 profile imageAUTHOR

      Chuck Nelson 

      6 years ago from California

      @JoshK47: Thank you and THANK YOU

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      JoshK47 

      6 years ago

      What, what a gorgeous bit of country - I'd certainly not mind visiting there someday, it seems right up my alley. Blessed by a SquidAngel!

    • CNelson01 profile imageAUTHOR

      Chuck Nelson 

      6 years ago from California

      @anonymous: Not as exotic as some of the places you visit but worth putting on your "to do" list.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Gee it looks like such a sweet place. I love the snow capped mountains

    • CNelson01 profile imageAUTHOR

      Chuck Nelson 

      6 years ago from California

      @ItayaLightbourne: It's a beautiful area and searching for and capturing an image that does the place justice is my kind of fun. As an artist, you would understand that.

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      Itaya Lightbourne 

      6 years ago from Topeka, KS

      Oh my! I love your photos of the different places around McCloud. The views of the mountains are especially lovely!

    • CNelson01 profile imageAUTHOR

      Chuck Nelson 

      6 years ago from California

      @artbyrodriguez: Thank you...it's all you say.

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      Beverly Rodriguez 

      6 years ago from Albany New York

      What a beautiful area. You really made it inviting and interesting.

    • SophiaStar LM profile image

      SophiaStar LM 

      6 years ago

      Northern California is beautiful!

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      Treasures By Brenda 

      6 years ago from Canada

      Great lens, wonderful images. I really want to go to McCloud and stay in the McCloud B&B Hotel!

    • CNelson01 profile imageAUTHOR

      Chuck Nelson 

      6 years ago from California

      @TreasuresBrenda: Thank you and go for it!

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      Chuck Nelson 

      6 years ago from California

      @SusanDeppner: Thank you for the kind words and....you would.

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      Susan Deppner 

      6 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Always enjoy your wonderful photos, and I'm pretty sure I'd enjoy a real-life visit to McCloud, California, too. Looks like a great place!

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      Chuck Nelson 

      6 years ago from California

      @DLeighAlexander: It's a fun place to visit.

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      DLeighAlexander 

      6 years ago

      Very pretty, nice to know about the great places off-the-beaten path.

    • CNelson01 profile imageAUTHOR

      Chuck Nelson 

      6 years ago from California

      @designsbyharriet: Good for you....bring your camera.

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      Harriet 

      6 years ago from Indiana

      It has been years since I've been to California. Maybe it is time to go back and go off the beaten trail.

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