McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial SP

State Park

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.

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.


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

·Park Information

  • Hours of Operation:

    Sunrise to Sunset year 'round.

  • Park Office Telephone:

    (530) 335-2777

  • Region

    Shasta Cascade



  • Max Camper Length:

    32 Feet

    Max Trailer Length

    32 Feet

  • Purchase Annual Passes