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. Hours: sunrise to sunset

Easy hike even with kids. Don’t let the steep downhill walk discourage you from going to the bottom of the Falls. Beautiful views and breathtaking photo opportunities. The Falls loop is easy enough for small children but keel them close as you climb the steep hill on the other side of the Falls. Several spots are straight down. Several resting spots along the way for those who wish to rest. Great hike for the experience hiker or just someone wishing to view nature.

6 days ago

Gorgeous waterfall and an easy hike around the loop. Walk the creek and look for trout, watch people fishing at the falls, see the falls from below and above. Pay $8 entrance fee/car. Worth it to see the falls. We went early in morning (10a) before parking lot filled up. By the time we left (11a) lots of people were just showing up.

Nice hike

on Burney Falls Loop Trail

27 days ago

2018/05/26 - just hiked to the bottom and back

One of the most beautiful waterfalls I have ever seen! Short hike down to the base, but still fun. You are so close to the falls the spray from them leaves you a bit damp. Feels great on a hot day!

beautiful hike the falls are awesome

Easy hike to a beautiful waterfall. The loop trail let’s you see the waterfall from all sides!

The hike itself isn't noteworthy, short and generally lacking views. But the areas of the trail that weave past Burney Falls are wonderful. If you're looking for a true "hike," this probably isn't a great trail for you. But if you want an easy stroll around the perimeter of the waterfall, this is an easy way to stretch the legs. (Hiked in September 2017)

Super easy and well maintained, great for families. The loop is a nice walk and the grounds are beautiful !

Awesome waterfall!

easy short hike not the most diverse

Easy hike
Good views

Great hike

3 months ago

It was a great waterfall and view hiked the whole loop, very easy

This is a very easy Loop Hike around Burney Falls. The Falls are Majestic! So worth the 9 hour road trip and camping adventure to Burney CA! The 4 stars are for the falls! the trail is easy but a beautiful nature walk! The Falls themselves are a 10!

Great hike! The falls are stellar. I went in late September but hope to return another time in the fall when the leaves have changed!

It wasn’t too cold until we got close to the falls because of the mist. Definitely can’t wait to go again in the summer!

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

on Burney Falls Loop Trail

8 months 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.

8 months ago

absolutely beautiful

8 months ago

great views!

8 months ago

Best waterfall I have ever seen in person!

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

9 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.

Nice historical hike from inside Burney Falls state park.

9 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.

10 months ago

Easy trail. Paved most of the time. Beautiful waterfall with easy access. Crossing the creek on the two foot bridges makes it easy and fun for small kids. Worth the short hike, don't pass up this one.

A great way to spend a day

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