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.

Lovely loop around the falls. Went in mid October. Cold and sunny. Perfect walking weather.

hiking
1 month ago

This is one of the hikes, you would be wanting to do time and again. This hike caters more to the falls than the hike. Some where I wonder that the mention of this falls as the 8th wonder is appropriate. The flow of water in the falls is captivating.

absolutely beautiful

hiking
2 months ago

great views!

hiking
2 months ago

Best waterfall I have ever seen in person!

hiking
2 months ago

One of the most beautiful falls I have seen. The loop trail is short. It is possible to hike through to lake Britton, keeping in mind that parts of the trail may be closed due to erosion. Swimming is not possible in sapphire pond; it is possible at the lake.

the waterfall speaks for itself

hiking
3 months ago

Yes #1 Falls Hike however not much of an actual hike - more of a destination. Easy to find but parking was a mess because it was really busy. Did the short loop.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Easy with the kiddos (we had 8 kids with us from ages 2 up to 18) they all loved the loop! There's just a couple places we needed to hold hands since the trail narrows along some of the steeper climbs.