McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park

McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park

McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park

McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park
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6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
About
The park is within the Cascade Range and Modoc Plateau natural region, with 910 acres of forest and 5 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.
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Highway 89, Burney, CA 96013
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WorldTraveler9
California, MD509 contributions
Jul 2020
The falls are absolutely beautiful. The short hike to the falls takes you to the bottom of the falls, but not to the water's edge. There was a crowd of tourists climbing over rocks to get to the water's edge, not staying six feet apart and not wearing masks. The Forest Service employee selling admission was not even wearing his mask correctly. Physical distancing was not enforced outside of the shop, with numerous men without masks approaching within 6 feet of others.
Take the time to walk around the falls to see the falls from above. The area is shady and cool, and there are several easy trails to enjoy.
Written August 6, 2020
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Robert N
Sparks, NV299 contributions
Nov 2021
We had stopped at Burney Falls a few years ago and decided to stop again since we were close by. Our first visit was in the summer and we found the park to be somewhat crowded but manageable. This time, the park was partially closed as it was off-season. Disappointed in that full admission price is charged although the only facilities open were the restrooms.

The waterfall was just as spectacular of a view as always. Nice not having a large crowd of people on the path. Having peace and quiet while enjoying the sounds of the cascading water was a definite plus.
Written November 10, 2021
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phvi2617
Anaheim, CA279 contributions
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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Real Estate R
Placerville, CA1 contribution
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 States19 contributions
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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travel6345
San Jose183 contributions
Sep 2020
What a surprise! We stopped here before heading to Lassen Volcanic park and were really impressed with the waterfall. A view of the falls is accessible for anyone without any hiking, but I would also encourage you to walk down the steps and get closer to the falls. These falls had quite a lot of water even at the end of the summer in September.

We've gotten a little picky lately visiting waterfalls, but this one rivals some of the other more famous ones and feels more like Hawaii than California. (Kind of).

There is a standard State Parks fee per car to get in and the parking lot was filled after 11am when we went.
Written September 22, 2020
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ExpoNationals
Bakersfield, CA4,052 contributions
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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Jennifer
Elk Grove, CA1 contribution
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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HelenHaz
Santa Rosa, CA44 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
Stayed in the cabins. We had the one room cabin. It has one bunk bed each is a twin. There's a propane heater, no electricity or water in cabin. You are only allowed water in the cabin, no food or any other liquids. Dogs are not allowed in cabins either. Outside is a picnic table, fire pit and food cabinet. We had a very nice time even with the rules. It's a beautiful campground.
Written June 18, 2021
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David B
129 contributions
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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