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McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park
- Until further notice, the Burney Creek Trail from the intersection of the Falls Loop Trail at Rainbow Bridge north to the intersection of the Rim Trail is closed due to significant erosion from storm damage. To access the Lake Britton picnic area by trail, please use the Rim Trail.
- Until further notice, the PSEA Trail from the intersection of the Falls Loop Trail at Rainbow Bridge north to the PSEA Camp is closed due to significant erosion from storm damage.
- The Falls Loop Trail, which encircles Burney Falls, is open.
- Please mind the trail closed signs. The warnings are for your safety and to prevent further trail damage. Sorry for the inconvenience.
McArthur Burney Falls State Park experiences very high visitation beginning in April and continuing through October. On holidays and all summer weekends, the park will fill to capacity and the entrance will be closed. Please note that if you park along Highway 89 outside of the park, your vehicle may be subject to citation and tow. If you arrive to find the entrance closed, please return at a later time, typically after 4:00pm. Plan your visit accordingly.
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