City Park Overview

City Park Headquarters


Headquarters of Mt Shasta Recreation and Parks District is located within the rustic, 26 acre Mt. Shasta City Park, one mile north of downtown Mt. Shasta.  Owned by the District, park facilities include four, scenic picnic areas, a Gazebo, a playground, and public buildings.  

Facilities rentals


Many community activities and events are held at the City Park year-round.  

The park and facilities are used extensively for private rentals, sponsored clubs, public events, as well as numerous educational & cultural classes.  

Please Click the RESERVATIONS button for more information on all facilities you can rent

Headwaters Spring


 The Headwaters Spring is a highlight not to be missed.  Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the paved, ADA walkway around the picnic grounds.   Explore the nature trail by way of the Headwaters Bridge – leading you thru the the trees & adjacent meadow with the peaceful, meandering Headwaters stream as your guide as you wind your way to the south end of the park and the Lower End bridge – your kids will LOVE IT !!   



 Stop by on your way up & down I-5 (northbound take the Central Mt. Shasta Exit , drive up Lake St., take N. Mt. Shasta Blvd. to Nixon Rd.) or (southbound take Exit 740 – watch for the first right hand turn at the bottom of the hill onto Nixon Road….the park entrance is just over the tracks) ……… get out & stretch your legs…….enjoy a nice break from your travels! 

Pets at the Park


Pets are welcomed at the City Park, but must remain ON-LEASH. 

Headwaters Spring


The beautiful spring located at the base of Spring Hill in the Mt. Shasta City Park is known as the headwaters of the Upper Sacramento River (though other branches of the mighty Sacramento reach even further into the wilderness). A viewing patio, benches and pathways make this amazing spring a favorite spot for locals and visitors alike. 


The land, which ultimately became the Mt. Shasta City Park, was once part of the hunting ground for the Wintun, Maidu, and Okwanuchu Indian tribes and was first crossed by explorers around 1841. Big Springs, designated as the location of the headwaters of the Sacramento River, once contained a water-wheel and was the city’s first source of energy (1901) for generating power to light the local community. The crystal clear water flowing through the park begins its journey high on the snow-covered peaks of majestic Mt. Shasta, flowing through underground lava tubes until finally gushing forth into daylight at the City Park’s headwaters area. Along it’s journey out of the park the water flows through the Mt. Shasta Fish Hatchery, feeds into Lake Siskiyou, plunging over the Box Canyon Dam as it reaches it’s final destination, the Sacramento River. The Headwaters Area is well-known as a local historical point of interest attracting hundreds of curious sight-seers each year. 

Restoration work

In recent years has stabilized the hillside above the spring with boulders and native plants.  The area has gradually returned to its natural health and beauty.  A paved pathway leads down from the spring and along the creek through the park, while two footbridges give access to wetlands, trails and more springs to the north. 

 A great story about the Headwaters Spring is Where does the water go? at the Mt. Shasta Herald website!