McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park is northeast of Redding in the Cascade Range and Modoc Plateau natural region, with forest and five miles of streamside and lake shoreline, including a portion of Lake Britton. The park's centerpiece is the 129-foot Burney Falls, which is not the highest or largest waterfall in the state, but possibly the most beautiful. Additional water comes from springs, joining to create a mist-filled basin. Burney Creek originates from the park's underground springs and flows to Lake Britton, getting larger along the way to the majestic falls. 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. Temperatures range from average lows of 20 degrees in winter to 80 degrees or more during the drier summer months. Between November and March, rainfall averages nearly 28 inches, with December and January being the wettest. The Day Use Annual Pass is accepted at this park.

The hike is beautiful and the trail is beyond easy, prefect for family. It is well marked and well taken care of.

24 days ago

Amazing view of the falls! My friend and I were able to get close enough to be attacked by the mist coming from the falls. Very easy hike and would definitely recommend checking out the trail, which consisted of two bridges as well.

The falls themselves are impressive, but you don't have to do the trail to get to them. It's a short trail, but if you're going to have a look at the falls from the base, might as well do the trail too.

easy hike and beautiful falls

Drove up from Marysville today. Great little hike and so gorgeous! Tried to go to Lake Britton, but that part of the trail was blocked due to erosion from the storms this winter.

2 months ago