Points of Interest 

The places on the Paradise Ridge you’re sure to enjoy

Paradise Ridge Visitor’s Map

Collected into a single map, the points of interest on the Paradise Ridge are wide-ranging. From history to recreational activities such as hiking, biking, and kayaking, there is much to see on the Ridge. This map is available in print form through the Paradise Ridge Chamber of Commerce and Explore Butte County. 

Aquatic Park

5600 Recreation Drive, Paradise

The Aquatic Park located at 5600 Recreation Drive, and offering colorful foliage in the fall, has an arbor and a group BBQ area. The creek flows into a tranquil pond with a fountain that makes an excellent backdrop for your priceless photos.

“Bearadise” Bear

Paradise Police Station 5595 Black Olive Drive, Paradise

After the Camp Fire in 2018 burned the Black Bear Restaurant on Clark Road, the Bearadise Bear, which stood in front and miraculously survived, found a new home in front of the Paradise Police Station.

Bille Park

501 Bille Road, Paradise

Bille Park features a children’s playground, shaded picnic and BBQ areas for families and large groups. The beautiful park boasts large grassy meadows, redwood groves, a creek , waterfalls and nature trails overlooking Butte Creek Canyon.

Butte Creek Watershed Overlook

Skyway Road between Chico & Paradise

Also known as “Lookout Point”, Butte Creek Watershed Overlook is a stunning vista along the Paradise Ridge overlooking spectacular Butte Creek Canyon.

Clotilde Merlo Park

22 P Line, Sterling City

This stunning private 27 acre park was dedicated in 1987 by Harry A Merlo, founding president of Louisiana-Pacific Corporation, in memory of his mother. It features three large ponds, individual and group picnic areas, restrooms, horseshoe pits, a rose garden, bocce court, nature trails, and outdoor wedding chapel. Statues of children cavort among the greenery, and the park is home to a replica of Michelangelo’s Pieta, cast from a mold of the original sculpture. Merlo Park is open May to October.

Dogtown Gold Nugget Market & Sawmill Peak Overlook

13645 Skyway Rd, Magalia

Site of the discovery of the first large gold nugget in California.  The Nugget was found April 12, 1859 at the Willard Claim, a hydraulic mine in the Feather River Canyon northeast of the town. Weight 54 pounds.

Gold Nugget Paradise Depot Museum

5570 Black Olive Drive

A friendly little museum located in beautiful Paradise Community Park, focused on the history of the Butte County Railroad and the logging industry on the Paradise Ridge. The historic Paradise Depot was untouched by the fire, so Gold Nugget Museum operations were moved there temporarily while plans for a new main museum are being developed. The Depot was originally a way station of the Butte County Railroad, which transported supplies and lumber between Diamond Match mills in Stirling City and Chico.

Hope Plaza

6148 Skyway, Paradise

Coming Fall 2021, Hope Plaza is a landmark dedicated to the memory of the Camp Fire and is designed to be a place of honor for the first responders and those who perished as well as a place to inspire hope for our future.  The memorial’s components are thoughtfully designed to engage visitors and encourage reflection, allowing people to touch, listen, and feel the life and passion of Paradise, while the use of a split-rail fence and native landscaping reflects the rustic culture and beauty of our town.

Joy Lyn's Candies & Confectionary Factory

220 Pearson Road, Paradise

Joy Lyn’s Candies, a name synonymous with freshness, quality and tradition, premium ingredients are carefully cooked into each batch of confections.  Watch the Hartley family create heavenly chocolates, candies and confections in the candy kitchen, mini factory adjacent to the retail store. Joy Lyn’s Candies has received international attention in the Manufacturing Confectionary magazine (Jan. 2010), in addition to winning awards from Retail Confectioners International for multiple chocolate creations.

Key Phoenix

Building Resiliency Center  6295 Skyway, Paradise

Phoenix sculpture created by Artist, Jesse Mercer. Each component of this piece, made of the keys of homes, businesses, structures, and even a young girl’s diary, holds a story about the Camp Fire.


Paradise United Methodist Church  6722 Clark Road, Paradise

“In the wooded area behind the Methodist church you can discover “A Place for Sacred Meditation”. It is not a maze but a path for walking meditation. A place where one may quiet the outer world and heighten the inner world.”

Lake Desabla


Located in an area with surrounding grass and pine trees, Lake De Sabla has a gravel dam face. Day use fishing is available on the South and East sides. The Lake is located on the Upper Skyway on the north side of Magalia. Parking is on the west side of the road. There is a small flume on one end of the lake and it is abundant with Rainbow and Brown Trout.

Lezlie Morrow Memorial Dog Park

Located in Moore Road park, this fenced off-leash area offers separate sections for large and small dogs as well as benches and shade trees.

Magalia Community Church

13700 Skyway Road  Old Magalia

Magalia Community Church is a historic church located on Stirling Highway in Magalia, California. Construction of the church began in 1850 but was left incomplete. This first phase of construction resulted in only the floor and 4 walls. Completion of the church was not accomplished until 1904. The Magalia Community Church was dedicated as a historical site on Aug 21, 1982

Magalia Park & Community Center

13917 South Park Drive, Magalia

Magalia Community Park dedicated to preserving the former Paradise Pines Golf Course as maintained open space in the form of a park, disc golf course and community center.

Nelson's Bar

Nelson Bar Boat Ramp Road, Paradise

Mining settlement named for Benjamin Nelson who discovered gold here in 1850. Town was on both sides of West Branch of North Fork and Feather River.

Nic's Art Gallery

6256 Skyway, Paradise

Showcasing the works of regional artists, in partnership with Paradise Art Center.

Noble Orchards

7050 Pentz Road, Paradise

Since 1921, Noble Orchards has been the place to go for locally grown fruit. Open seasonally, July through March,. Noble Orchards grows cherries, peaches, nectarines, pluots, apples, persimmons, and pears. Come on by and get a taste of the apples, or try some of Laurie Noble’s famous apple butter!  (Greatly affected by the Camp Fire …. Noble Orchards is rebuilding their property.  Apples and Peaches are currently available.

Paradise Community Park

5570 Black Olive Drive (intersection Black Olive & Pearson Road

Houses the Depot Museum, access to Yellowstone Kelly Heritage Trail, historical markers honoring veterans; Home to Paradise Ridge Chamber of Commerce annual “Party in the Park” summer concerts, produce and craft booths.

Paradise Irrigation District Demonstration Garden

6332 Clark Road, Paradise

The garden is located beside the district’s parking lot. A metal archway, fabricated by students in the Butte College’s welding program, greets visitors. Paths of granite meander through planting areas with a focus on erosion control; fire-resistant plants; plants to encourage butterflies, pollinators and birds; and drought-and shade-tolerant native plants.

Paradise Lake

6853 Lucretia Road, Magalia

One of the jewels of Butte County, Paradise Lake provides paddling, fishing, hiking, mountain biking, and other activities. The 204-acre lake is lined on one side with 84-acres available for a variety of outdoor activities.  The shaded, developed picnic site provides picnic tables, benches, and even a play-structure.  Two boat launches at the north end of the lake provide paddling access and small boat (electric trolling motors only) access.  The lake supplies drinking water for the area and currently dogs and horses are prohibited, as well as swimming.

Paradise Performing Arts Center

777 Nunneley Road, Paradise

State-of-the-art facility for staging a variety of cultural and public events.

Paradise Veteran's Memorial Hall

6550 Skyway

The VFW, American Legion and Disabled American Veterans community center and Memorial Hall features an outdoor museum of plaques, sculptures, and a military vehicle commemorating armed forces service.

Terry Ashe Park & Recreation Center

6626 Skyway, Paradise

Located In the heart of Paradise along the Skyway, the Terry Ashe Park is home to many of the Paradise Recreation & Park District’s programs and many community social club meetings and events. Ashe Park is also home to annual special events such as Gold Nugget Craft Fair, Johnny Appleseed Days and the Paradise Chocolate Fest. Visitors may enjoy this lovely park and stroll, play, or rest under the shade trees. Facilities include a pre-school, playground, gazebo, arbor, picnic tables, BBQ, basketball court plus indoor facilities and kitchen that can be rented for special events.

Theatre on the Ridge

3735 Neal Road, Paradise

Theater on the Ridge produces a full season of live theatrical productions, youth theater program, workshops and classes.  Established in 1975, Theater on the Ridge is the longest running non-profit community theatre in California north of Sacramento, producing seven productions a year and showcasing some of the finest in local talent.

Yellowstone Kelly Heritage Trail

Paradise Community Park  5582 Black Olive Drive 

In 2018 the Gold Nugget Museum in Paradise, California dedicated a memorial walking trail as the “Yellowstone Kelly Heritage Trail” featuring 31 Plaques honoring Paradise’s “forgotten hero” Luther Sage “Yellowstone” Kelly and the Paradise pioneers who helped to share to history of the ridge community.  

This trail is an old railroad right of way which goes the length of Paradise.  It is approximately 5 miles, one way.  Starting at the Skyway and Roe Road, it takes an easy uphill climb to Skyway and Clark Road.