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.