McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park

This park unit is partially open. Please take the time to read the information contained on this webpage to find out what is open and closed, and what COVID-19 guidelines are in place. - (October 29, 2021)

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 or call 800-444-7275. For more information about camping visit  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.

Phone Number

(530) 335-2777

Max. Trailer Lengths

Trailer: Up to 32 Feet
Camper/Motorhome: Up to 32 Feet

Park Hours

Day use hours are from 8:00 a.m. to sunset.

Dogs Allowed?

Dogs allowed only in parking lot, paved roadway, campgrounds. Dogs not allowed on trails or day-use areas.

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.

Camping and Lodging

Visitors will be able to reserve campsites and lodging six months in advance from the current date. Bookings may extend from the arrival date to the desired departure date – based on availability and the park’s maximum stay rules.
Campsites are typically available on a first come, first served basis between Labor Day and mid-May annually. The cabins are closed during winter.

Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.

Boat Ramps
Boat Rentals
En route Campsites
Environmental Campsites
Family Campsites
Hike or Bike Campsites
RV Dump Station
Alternative Camping
RV Access
Hiking Trails
Horseback Riding
Historical/Cultural Site
Picnic Areas
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Interpretive Exhibits
Scuba Diving/Snorkeling
Beach Area
Vista Point
Nature & Wildlife Viewing
Family Programs
Camp Store
Restrooms / Showers
Drinking Water Available
Wheelchair Accessible

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.

McArthur Burney Falls Memorial State Park entrance kiosk only accepts cash payment between Mid-September and Mid-May.  Please bring small bills to pay-by-envelope at the entrance kiosk.

  • Park Day-Use Fee - $10 Per Vehicle
  • Overnight Camping - $35 Per Night (Includes One Vehicle).
  • Additional Overnight Camping Vehicles - $10 Per night.

Notice of Trail Closures
  • 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.

Pet Information:
  • 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.

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.

Additional Visitor Services


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.

Seasons/Climate/Recommended Clothing

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

McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial SP(Photograph by Michael Wopat)
McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park
Burney Falls at McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park is an outstanding example of a waterfall and stream fed by large springs that are commonly associated with areas covered by recent lava flows, and also of a waterfall formed by the undercutting of horizontal rock layers. The soft white rock is diatomite. Its presence is evidence that a very large lake once filled the region and supported abundant tiny freshwater plankton called diatoms.

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