Day use hours are from 8:00 a.m. to sunset.
McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park
Two wildfires are causing heavy potential impacts for visitors traveling to several state parks in the Cascade region. The Lava Fire located near Mt. Shasta, north of Castle Crags State Park continues to burn, potentially causing increased community evacuations and bad air quality. The Salt Fire, south of Castle Crags and just north of Lake Shasta continues to spread, causing intermittent closures of Interstate 5. Both fires have the potential to cause park closures at any time. These Interstate 5 closures will create extensive travel delays to both Castle Crags State Park and McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park as Highway 89 become the only detour for all north and south Interstate traffic. Please also be aware of poor air quality at these state parks and others in the cascade region including Shasta State Historic Park, and Weaverville Joss House State Historic Park.
For the latest information on Caltrans road closures, go to: https://roads.dot.ca.gov/
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What is open now?
- McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park is open for day-use and reservation camping only.
- To make a reservation for 2021, visit www.ReserveCalifornia.com or call 800-444-7275. For more information about camping visit www.parks.ca.gov/COVID19Camping. We do not allow early-check in or registration prior to 2 p.m. Early arrivals are subject to Day-Use fees.
What is currently closed?
- Visitor center and tours.
Protect yourself, family, friends and your community by following these prevention measures:
- Know Before You Go – Prior to leaving home, check the status of the park unit you want to visit to find out what restrictions and guidelines are in place. Have a back-up plan in case your destination is crowded. Stay home if you are sick
- Plan Ahead – Some restrooms will be temporarily closed to keep up with cleaning schedules. Bring soap/hand sanitizer.
- Play It Safe – Find out what precautions you should take when exploring the outdoors, especially if this is your first time visiting the State Park System. Learn more at parks.ca.gov/SafetyTips.
Be COVID-19 Safe – State Parks continues to follow guidance provided by the California Department of Public Health:
- Fully Vaccinated Persons: Face coverings are not required in public outdoor settings. For indoor public settings, such as museums and visitor centers, all vaccinated individuals are to self-attest that they are in compliance prior to entry.
- Unvaccinated Persons: Face coverings are required in indoor public settings such as museums and visitor centers.
- Leave No Trace – Leave areas better than how you found them by staying on designated trails and packing out all trash. Do not disturb wildlife or plants.
McArthur Burney Falls State Park experiences extremely high visitation beginning in April and continuing through October. On holidays and all summer weekends the park will fill to capacity and entrance into the park is subject to closure due to limited parking availability. Visitors should note that traffic may be delayed on State Highway 89 for up to an hour prior to entering the park due to the increased visitation experienced at this park. Please also note that if you park along Highway 89 outside of the park, your vehicle will be subject to citation and tow. If you arrive to find the entrance closed due to full capacity, please return at a later time - typically after 4:00 p.m.
Note: The park cannot admit entrance to vehicles over 32 feet for day-use or camping. Additionally, only a limited number of oversized vehicles (less than 32 feet in length) will be admitted into park. Oversized vehicles will only be allowed to park in the Lake Britton parking lot (approximately 1.5 miles walk to the falls) on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
Due to limited parking capacity, McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park cannot accommodate entry or parking of tour busses until further notice.
- Park Day-Use Fee - $10 Per Vehicle
- Overnight Camping - $35 Per Night (Includes One Vehicle).
- Additional Overnight Camping Vehicles - $10 Per night.
- Please be advised in addition to the following trail closures there will be heavy equipment and construction on the main park road and in the campground area throughout the summer.
- 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.
- We recommend you leave all pets at home as they are not allowed on the trails surrounding the falls (CCR 4312(f)), on the beach at Lake Briton (CCR4312(f)), or allowed to be left unattended in your vehicle (CVC 497.7(a)).
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.
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.
- Recreation Resource Management (Camp store and tent cabins)
There are five miles of hiking trails winding through the park's evergreen forests. The Pacific Crest Trail passes through the park.
The park is northeast of Redding, six miles north of Highway 299 on Highway 89 near Burney.
Summer and spring are warm; fall and winter can be cool. Layered clothing is advised.