McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park

McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park

McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park
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8:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 8:30 PM
About
With a stunning landscape shaped by volcanic forces and natural erosion, this magnificent state park is a must-see whenever you’re in Burney. Wander through lush forests, spot a range of wildlife, and check out the 129-foot Burney Falls—a National Natural Landmark. Its three main hiking trails get you right up close. A portion of Lake Britton is also accessible for swimming, boating, water sports, fishing, and more. This popular park sees the most travelers between April and October, and is especially packed on the weekends, so mid-week is the best time to visit for fewer crowds. – Tripadvisor
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24898 Ca-89, Burney, CA 96013
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  • Cynthia T
    Sedona, Arizona11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magical and mystical
    These falls are well worth visiting. Although if you have a dog, don't bother to go. Dogs are not allowed on the trails. The sensation of being surrounded by greenery and watching the water cascading over the rocks into a pool below is hard to describe. It inspires and encompasses you. There is an entry fee, but it's well worth the price. This site is not handicap accessible. You can walk down a few concrete steps and view the falls, take a paved concrete path to the bottom, which requires an uphill return trip, or continue on to the top of the falls.. If you are capable, take the concrete path to the bottom. It's magical and mystical.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 25, 2023
  • jkweebs
    Omaha, Nebraska648 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice state park Beautiful Falls
    First of all a very nice state park. The people at the entrance were very friendly and helpful. We had lunch at a picnic area down by the lake and then walk the trail down to the bottom of the falls. The trail is fairly easy but remember when you go down you must come up. The view is the best at the bottom of the falls for sure. Unfortunately, people who think they are above the rules of the park ruin the site for everyone else. People swimming and taking their dogs down the trail when it is clearly posted that these two things are not allowed. Besides that, the falls are a beautiful place and the trail is well-maintained. Definitely worth the stop if you are in the area.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 27, 2023
  • MidwestLiketoTravel
    411 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Go See Burney Falls!
    Put this on your "must see" list of Northern California. These beautiful falls are on the drive from Lassen Volcanic NP to Mt. Shasta. The path leading down to falls is easy to navigate and gets you to even more impressive views. Wow factor on Burney Falls in 10 out of 10!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 24, 2023
  • Revathi
    San Ramon, California241 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Incredibly beautiful!
    I really loved this place because it's incredibly beautiful and much bigger than I expected. The trail that goes around it was fantastic to walk on. If you're in the Shasta area, you must visit this lovely state park. You'll be surrounded by the constant, soothing sound of flowing water, creating a profoundly tranquil ambiance throughout the area.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 16, 2023
  • johnyboyd
    San Ramon, California290 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome views, easy trails
    Drove in from Redding at about 11am. Very light traffic being a weekday. We had a quick lunch at the town outside. Did the fall loop trail at a leisurely pace, Easy hike with great great views of the falls. The record snow/rains from last winter has blessed us with lots of water. Did a little 100 feet detour to get a photo-op on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). All together it took us about 3 hrs. We then drove about 35 miles to the Mccloud river/falls as well.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 17, 2023
  • BruinDan
    Fullerton, California3,165 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hikers – don’t ignore the Burney Falls Loop Trail
    Burney Falls is arguably one of the most stunning sights in the state of California, and is understandably the centerpiece of McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park. However, many visitors pass up the Burney Falls Loop Trail, a 1.1 mi/1.8 km loop with about 300 ft/91 m of elevation gain. My wife and I hiked this trail in late April of 2023. The trail begins at the Burney Falls overlook; from there the trail winds down several switchbacks to the base of Burney Falls, where you get a magnificent view of these amazing falls. This is the point at which most people turn around and return to the trailhead, but if you continue along the trail you are treated to some interesting sights. The trail continues along the creek, where you will find some interpretive signs. If you look closely at the rock wall on the opposites shore, you might see water leaking out and cascading into the creek like mini-waterfalls. Before long, you’ll come upon a bridge (appropriately called the Rainbow Bridge because of its shape). Cross the bridge (you can get some good photos of Burney Creek from the bridge) over to the opposite side of the creek. It is from this point that you’ll begin the gradual incline toward the top of the falls. The good news is that there are benches at several points along the way where you can stop and rest. Eventually you will see a couple of interesting sights – the top of Burney Falls and the trail’s intersection with the Pacific Crest Trail. From there you cross over another bridge which takes you to the portion of the trail that leads back to the main parking lot. After completing the hike, my wife and I rewarded ourselves with an ice cream from the park’s general store. We drove here from Chester, which is near Lassen Volcanic National Park and a good distance from the falls. So, while the hike itself wasn’t life-changing, we really appreciated the opportunity to stretch our legs and get a little cardio workout after a long drive. Plus, of course, the ability to view the amazing Burney Falls from several different vantage points makes this hike a recommended activity.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 20, 2023
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Davigeta
Saint Louis, MO1,084 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
This is a remarkable waterfall! It is accessible via a 0.3 mile hike downhill, then the same distance uphill. You do NOT need to take the loop trail if you just want to see the waterfall. Burney Creek emerges from underground, and shortly after that plunges down the waterfall. The water flows both in the usual way, AND by oozing out of the rocks, a fascinating display. Equally impressive is the fact that the water does not stop flowing in the summer. The display in August is still very impressive. There is a visitor center (closed when we got there) and a general store (a pretty good place to pick up provisions). Restrooms are available at the top. There is a $10 use fee per car, but it is worth it. Check it out1
Written August 23, 2022
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phvi2617
Anaheim, CA585 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Burney Falls is absolutely spectacular--probably the most beautiful waterfall in California. We went on a July weekday in the late afternoon, and while there were a good number of people there, parking was easy and it never felt crowded.

The walk down to the base of the falls is pretty straightforward, and if you have time, be sure to explore some of the other trails in the park. This is definitely a must-see if you are anywhere in the vicinity.
Written September 20, 2021
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David B
147 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Couples
We went in mid July and the waterfall was very impressive! It's just a short downhill walk from the main parking lot to get to the bottom with plenty of places to take pictures. There are trails that go around the falls and also a trail that takes you to Lake Britton. The only downside for us was that we brought our dog and dogs are not allowed on any of the trails. Other than that, a cool place to visit. There's also a general store near the falls where you can buy snacks and I think it was a $10 fee to park inside.
Written August 23, 2020
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Thank you for your visit and for your review. McArthur Burney Falls Interpretive Association
Written August 24, 2020
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Colin Archibald
Kingston, TN4,370 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
I have visited waterfalls all over the U.S. and in my humble opinion this is the most beautiful falls I have seen. It is not the biggest or the tallest, but the way the water comes directly out of the wall of the cliff gives it a unique beauty. Every time I am in the area I try to visit. If you are in the area this is a Must See.
Written August 26, 2020
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Thank you for a terrific review. We are glad you visit this special place.
Written August 30, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Real Estate R
Placerville, CA1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
The most beautiful waterfall I've ever seen- the temperature drop is so cool as you get closer to the bottom. It's not a steep pathway up/down, but it sure is long. If you have a hard time walking long distances, the walk back up might be difficult. The rocks that get wet from the mist can be slippery, so be careful. DEFINITELY WORTH SEEING!! I could have stayed there for much longer :)
Written August 6, 2021
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Rommel L
chino hills, United States25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Family
We stayed at Towne Place suite in Redding, California. This is an excellent place to stay with a full kitchen and a free breakfast. The staff was knowledgeable and friendly. It has a lot of surrounding eateries as well in the area. And only an hour away from Mac Arthur- Burney Falls California state park.

There’s a general store open in the park to purchase a rain gear if it’s raining. It has a restroom facility. An easy 1.3 mile hike with excellent falls view loop trail. There’s a $10 fee per car entrance and half off if you have a California park’s membership.
Written July 29, 2021
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radar60
Lompoc, CA645 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
We visited this park first and foremost to go see Burney Falls. We were there on Monday morning and had no issues finding a parking spot at all. To see the falls is a short and easy stroll. The falls are stunning , absolute must see. One of the nicest Falls in CA where you can get this close.
We had planned to do some fishing and paddle boarding on lake Britton but there were algae everywhere so we ended up abandoning that plan.
Written September 1, 2020
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Thank you for visiting. The algae returns in the late summer most years: we are sorry it interfered with your enjoying the lake. Come back again!
Written September 14, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

jkweebs
Omaha, NE648 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
First of all a very nice state park. The people at the entrance were very friendly and helpful. We had lunch at a picnic area down by the lake and then walk the trail down to the bottom of the falls. The trail is fairly easy but remember when you go down you must come up. The view is the best at the bottom of the falls for sure. Unfortunately, people who think they are above the rules of the park ruin the site for everyone else. People swimming and taking their dogs down the trail when it is clearly posted that these two things are not allowed. Besides that, the falls are a beautiful place and the trail is well-maintained. Definitely worth the stop if you are in the area.
Written July 27, 2023
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Jennifer
Elk Grove, CA1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
This was my second time going and it was as good as last time! Last time I went there was a lot of rain but I didn't mind for the scent of the fresh rain afterwards was wonderful and clean. I usually go to Lake Tahoe but the camps are very close together. But these camps are quite spread apart. The falls are very pretty but the thing is the it can get cold. No swimming in the falls for it is too shallow but there is a lake but it is rocky. There is a wonderful trail which is easy but there is a hill you must go up which can be hard. Though over all it is a great place I totally recommend.
Written April 15, 2021
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ExpoNationals
Bakersfield, CA5,107 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Family
In my humble opinion, McArthur Burney Falls is one of the most (if not the most) beautiful waterfall in California!! We never tire of visiting this special place.

We love going down to the base of the waterfall. It is a very short walk down. Make sure to check it up close. Be very careful scrambling over the rocks if you want to get super close. Enjoy!!
Written July 23, 2021
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