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McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park
Max. Trailer Lengths
Trailer: 32 Feet
Camper/Motorhome: 32 Feet
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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.Online Reservations
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Upcoming Park Events
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Necessary restroom repairs are anticipated to begin in Mid-August on one of two Rim campground restroom/ shower buildings. The repairs are anticipated to take up to several weeks during which the restroom and Campsites 3 and 4 will be closed. Chemical toilets will be provided adjacent to the existing restroom building, and other shower facilities throughout the campground will remain open. Campers in adjacent sites may experience construction noise and dust during construction day time hours. We hope our visitors can excuse this inconvenience while these necessary repairs are being completed. For questions, and specific dates regarding this project, please contact park staff at 530-335-2777.
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.
The park is northeast of Redding, six miles north of Highway 299 on Highway 89 near Burney.
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.
Summer and spring are warm; fall and winter can be cool. Layered clothing is advised.
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
En route Campsites
Hike or Bike Campsites
RV Dump Station
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Nature & Wildlife Viewing
Restrooms / Showers
Drinking Water Available