The small town of Shasta is located just west of Redding in Shasta County. Shasta was a bustling town during the 1850's through the 1880's. For its time, it was the largest settlement in Shasta County and the surrounding area. Mostly referred to today as "Old Shasta", the town was an important commercial hub and a major shipping point for mule trains and stagecoaches serving the mining towns and later settlements of Northern California. It is located along Highway 299 about 6 miles west of Redding. It is just a few miles from Whiskeytown Lake, a State Park featuring boat launches, beaches, hiking trails, and camp sites.