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McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park

Contact Information

(530) 335-2777

Trailer Lengths

Max Trailer Length: 32 Feet
Max Camper Length: 32 Feet

Park Hours

Sunrise to Sunset year 'round.

Driving Directions to McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial SP

The park is northeast of Redding, 6 miles north of Highway 299 on Highway 89 near Burney.

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Camping and Lodging

Online reservations are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Reservations can be made 7 months in advance on the first day of the month beginning at 8:00 a.m. PST via the website, by mail, or by calling the toll free telephone number at 1-800-444-7275. Due to seasonal volume, access to the ReserveAmerica website and the telephone line may at times be limited.

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Upcoming Park Events

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The park is within 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.

Location-Directions

The park is northeast of Redding, six miles north of Highway 299 on Highway 89 near Burney.

Special Events

On the Sunday of Columbus Day weekend, the park hosts Heritage Day, featuring demonstrations and recreations of activities and crafts common to people during the late 19th century.

The park offers a reservable group picnic area for such occasions as family reunions, organization outings, and wedding receptions.  The group picnic area accommodates 110 people with 15 large picnic tables, two pit barbeques, and four prep/serving tables.  This area is semi-private and is adjacent to the park amphitheater.  The amphitheater is available for weddings and may be reserved as well.  For more information or to make reservations, please contact the Special Events Coordinator at 530-335-2777.

Seasons/Climate/Recommended Clothing

Summer and spring are warm; fall and winter can be cool. Layered clothing is advised.

Hiking

There are five miles of hiking trails winding through the park's evergreen forests. The Pacific Crest Trail passes through the park.


Available Activities and Facilities at McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park

BOATING
Boat Ramps
Boat Rentals
OVERNIGHT FACILITIES
En route Campsites
Environmental Campsites
Family Campsites
Lodging
RV Dump Station
RV Access
Geocaching
TRAIL USE
Bike Trails
Hiking Trails
Nature Trails
Horseback Riding
DAY-USE ACTIVITIES & FACILITIES
Historical/Cultural Site
Picnic Areas
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Fishing
Swimming
Vista Point
Windsurfing/Surfing
OTHER FACILITIES & VISITOR INFORMATION
Camp Store
Restrooms / Showers
Restrooms
Wheelchair Accessible