Old Station Visitor Information Center

Area Status: Open
Old Station Visitor Information Center

The Old Station Visitor Information Center is the hub of the Hat Creek Recreation Area.

Here you can view interpretive displays including a living trout exhibit (seasonal) and delightful gardens. It is a pleasant stop to get answers to your forest questions and help to plan your trip to the Hat Creek region. Maps, wood cutting permits, Christmas tree permits (Nov- Dec) nature books and interpretive items are available for purchase.

Old Station Discovery Gardens: Join us for a stroll through the world of plants and learn how they relate to you and your national forests. The garden is an opportunity to bring nature to our door and witness ecology at work. The gardens are nestled at the base of the Cascade Mountain Range, in the Hat Creek Valley.

Old Station Visitor Center 2024 Event Calendar

Call the Hat Creek Ranger District Office, 530-336-5521 for assistance.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: The Old Station Visitor Information Center is open for the 2024 summer season.
Operational Hours: Thursday to Mondays (like a long weekend!) 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site, Accessible, Picnic tables, Toilets, Drinking water, Parking
Permit Info: Firewood and campfire permits are available at the Visitor Center.
Open Season: April - December
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Best Season: spring/summer/fall
Closest Towns: 1 mile from Old Station and 28 miles to the town of Burney.
Water: water turned off for the season
Restroom: vault
Passes: Interagency Passes may be obtained at the Visitors Center.  
Operated By: USDA Forest Service
Information Center:  Hat Creek Ranger District. 43225 E. Hwy. 299 | PO Box 220, Fall River Mills, CA 96028. 530-336-5521.

General Information


handicap accessible


plenty of parking for cars and RVs

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Interpretive Areas

Recreation areas with activity Interpretive Areas:

Take a stroll through the Old Station Discovery Gardens.  Discover the characteristics of native and domestic plants that make them both useful and ecologically friendly.

Visitor Centers

Recreation areas with activity Visitor Centers:

Old Station Discovery Gardens are located at the Visitors Center. It is a self-guided interpretive walk through a garden of beautiful native plants and trees.

Status: Temporarily closed
Difficulty Level: Easy


Drinking water: Available April - October

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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4388 ft.