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.

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 place to spend the day.

A bit overcrowded but impressive. Bring your fishing pole and make sure to grab an ice cream cone. They are delicious and not ridiculously over priced.

24 days ago

I love it here we have been about 5 times this was my first time doing the loop and it was beautiful

This was by far one of the best places I have ever visited. The waterfall is so amazing. It only cost $8.00 to enter the camp site, after that it is so beautiful. It's not a hike at all, just a walk down and walk back up. A must see place. Two thumbs up!

This trail is in a state park. You have to pay an entrance fee and then deal with swarms of people. The trail is heavily used and goes around the waterfall. The waterfall is beautiful. Just know that it is very busy.

Great hike with the kids!

1 month ago

Amazing waterfall, you don't even really have to hike to see the waterfall as it's right out of the parking lot. However, the trail afterwards is very nice and mostly level walking that handrails a beautiful lake.

Very easy hike to the waterfall. We parked on the side of the road that didn't require entrance fee. Waterfall itself was just breathtaking. Very rare to have waterfalls that look like Burney Falls in California.