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.

Beautiful especially when it is completely empty.

Beautiful waterfall❤

I love going here. They have many activities during the summer. Be sure to check out pioneer days. My family and I visit multiple times a year.

Very easy walking path, even to Lake Britton & back. The waterfall is amazingly beautiful. I was so impressed that I posted a video on YouTube to encourage others to come feel the power & awesomeness of mother nature.

In going to Lake Britton, I saw a women with 2 big dogs & there's postings for no dogs. If pet owners would pick up their poop & keep them on a leash, the park authorities would welcome dogs. Due to this consistent lack of responsibility, signs are posted.

4 months ago

went down to the base of the falls on mine and my dad's trip to the re Reno Air Races. it's a nice cool place to relax and see the sites and creek leading to the base of the falls.

Easy peazy hike-ish trail around a natural wonder

one of the best waterfalls of ever seen in my life

I have been going here for over 30 years. I love this trail and the areas around it.

The Burney Falls are STUNNING! Plenty to see, the falls, various species of trees, plants and foliage. The Rainbow bridge is a great stop to enjoy the sights and sounds of the creek and trail.
Worth the hike.

Beautiful falls. Beautiful trail. Very well maintained. Easy hike. I recommend taking the scenic hike to Lake Britton, too.

Beautiful but can get crowded.

My husband proposed to me here! My most favorite trail ever!!!!!

The front side of the loop trail is very crowded with people going both directions. once you get down to the base of the falls and down stream a bit, the scenery is amazing and much quieter. It was a great little trail.

More of a walk than a hike but still very nice. A most stop if you are in the area.

NOT DOG FRIENDLY!!! I drove over 2 hours to hike to the falls only to find that it is NOT dog friendly. so I cannot rate this trail properly (just want to spread the word about the lack of dog friendliness).

Breathtaking, and a little chilly. Great way to start a day!

This was a short and very easy hike, which I was thankful for after hiking in Castle Crags the previous day. Lots of great views of Burney Creek and the falls themselves. We waded out into the waterfall pool to get some better pictures. The super cold water felt great on a hot August day. I would recommend this to anyone. The falls are stunning!

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7 months ago

7 months ago