McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park

McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park is located near the town of Burney in Shasta County. It is best known for the 129 foot tall Burney Falls, one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the state. Many recreational opportunities are available to the visitor nearly all year round.

Burney Falls were once declared the "eighth wonder of the world" by President Teddy Roosevelt and are well worth a visit. The water comes from underground springs near the top of the falls and provide an almost constant flow of water throughout the year. The effect is a wall of water that seems to issue from the side of the mountain before plunging over a hundred feet to a pool at their base.

The Park's landscape was created by volcanic activity as well as erosion from weather and streams. This volcanic region is surrounded by mountain peaks and is covered by black volcanic rock, or basalt. Created over a million years ago, the layered, porous basalt retains rainwater and snow melt, which forms a large underground reservoir.

Within the Park, the water emerges as springs at and above Burney Falls, where it flows at 100 million gallons every day. Burney Falls was named after pioneer settler Samuel Burney who lived in the area in the 1850s. The McArthurs were pioneer settlers who arrived in the late 1800s. Descendants were responsible for saving the waterfall and nearby land from development. They bought the property and gave it to the state as a gift in the 1920s.

The Park has 121 developed camp sites with no utilities. All campsites are a short hike from both the lake and the falls. In addition to the campground, there are also 24 small cabins available for rent that have bunks, a covered porch, and room outside for a tent and a campfire.

The park is northeast of Redding, six miles north of Highway 299 on Highway 89 near Burney.

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Latitude: 41.0142963 Longitude: -121.6525555 Elevation: 2783 ft
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Recreational Opportunities

Over five miles of hiking trails can be found within Burney Falls State Park. The loop trail recently received months of work and is a great day hike that offers many views of the Park's central feature. Access to the Pacific Crest Trail that passes through the tall conifer forests offers the ability for longer hikes as well.

Fishing is popular in Lake Britton and in Burney Creek above the Falls. Boat access can be achieved through the Park and fishing is popular on Lake Britton. The Park puts on a Heritage Festival each October.

Seasons Accessible

The Park is open year round. Winters can be cold and wet, and the hiking trails can be difficult in those conditions. Traffic can get heavy during the summer months and camping spots do fill up, especially on holiday weekend.


$8 fee per car. There is also a charge for camping.

ADA Accessibility Notes

Burney Falls can be viewed from an ADA accessible path from the parking area. There are multiple ADA accessible restroom facilities and some of the campsites and cabins are also accessible. There is also a 3/4 mile long accessible trail along Burney Creek that offers an accessible fishing pier as well.

Pet Friendly Notes

Dogs must be kept on a leash within the Park.

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