I would like to go do some outdoor things in Redding CA. I am familiar with whiskeytown, but that's about it. I dont want to have to go too far (willing to drive about an hour) but I enjoy anything outdoors, but I would LOVE to go gold panning. I've heard there are some hot springs that you can sit in??(like a hot tub) that would be really cool. Also any tips are appreciated, I was born and raised in a big city and the whole outdoor style of life is new to me.

Thanks in advance