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Feather River Scenic Byway

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Designation: USFS Scenic Byway
Fees: There are no fees to drive the byway itself.
Length, One-Way: 130 Miles (216.67 Kilometers)
Time: 3 + Hours

General Information

One of many striking views along Feather River Scenic Byway
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One of many striking views along Feather River Scenic Byway
Description - This U.S. Forest Service Scenic Byway traverses steep canyon walls and high mountain valleys, past grasslands, oak woodlands, mixed conifer, and high desert chaparral.

Covered bridges and railroad history make this byway particularly interesting. Wintertime offers fantastic skiing and snowmobiling opportunities.

Attractions - Points of interest along Feather River Scenic Byway include Portola Railroad Museum, a hands-on museum where visitors learn about the locomotive industry and history in the area, and the Sierra Plumas Eureka State Park. The park is commonly known as Plumas State Park, an area rich in California history combined with the beauty of the Sierras.

Visitor services along the byway are merely roadside rest areas.

Recreation - The Feather River Scenic Byway is known for it's recreational and scenic attractions. This includes viewing scenery, fishing, camping, picnicking, hiking, skiing, snowmobiling, and more.

Climate - Climate in the Shasta-Cascade Region varies greatly with elevation. Higher elevations tend to have much cooler temperatures and higher precipitation. Summer weather is usually hot and dry with lower elevation temperatures ranging from 85° - 100°+ F and lows from 60° - 70° F. Fall days are usually mild and warm, with cool nights. Winter is when most of the precipitation falls, averaging over 55 inches per year, much of it in the form of snow in the high elevations. Highs range from 40° - 60° F and lows from 30° - 40° F in the lower elevations. Spring weather is variable with many pleasant days.

Location - This byway is located in the Shasta Cascade Region of Northern California. It begins 10 miles north of Oroville on State Highway 70 and meanders east to U.S. Highway 395.

To reach the byway travel to the junction of Route 70 and Route 99. Follow Highway 70 northeast to Highway 89. Follow 89 to Blairsden, at the junction of Highway 89 and Route 70. Follow Route 70 east past Portola, Beckwourth, Vinton, and Chilcoot to the junction with US 395, where the byway terminates. (The portion on 89 is not part of the Feather River Scenic Byway.)

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Feather River Scenic Byway , , , , Phone: 530-283-2050

Additional Information:
California Scenic Byways - California offers one All American Road, two National Scenic Byways, and well over 50 state and National Forest designated scenic byways.

Scenic Byways Homepage - National Scenic Byways official web site with detailed info on all national and state byways.


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