McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park

EFFECTIVE (July 21, 2020) - Thank you for your patience and continued support of California State Parks as we work to limit your risk for exposure to COVID-19 in the outdoors. Due to the recent visitation surges at McArthur Burney Falls Memorial State Park, camping has been temporarily closed again, effective July 22, 2020, until further notice.

As a reminder, Californians are encouraged to avoid road trips and stay close to home, maintain physical distancing, wear a face covering when a physical distance of six feet from others who are not from the immediate household members cannot be maintained, and avoid congregating. Everyone has the responsibility to slow down the spread of COVID-19.

Here are some additional guidelines for locals visiting McArthur Burney Falls Memorial State Park:

What is open now?
  • Vehicular access to all day-use facilities such as parking lots, boat ramps, restrooms and trails.
  • Parking is very limited and it is illegal to park on roadways. Once parking lot is full, cars will be turned away.
  • Cabin accommodations. To make a reservation, 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 registration prior to 2 p.m.
  • Concession Store and Marina/Boat Rentals.

What is currently closed?
  • Campgrounds will be closed starting July 22 until further notice.
  • Visitor center and tours.

Are there any new visitor guidelines?

Yes, please see below:
  • Stay Safer at 6 Feet: Maintain a physical distance of 6 feet or more. Gatherings, picnics and parties are not allowed. Visitors will be asked to leave if there are too many people at the park to allow for the required physical distance.
  • Stay Clean: Be prepared. Bring soap/sanitizer and pack out all trash. Restrooms will be temporarily closed in order to keep up with cleaning schedules.
  • Stay Covered: The state now requires you to wear a face covering in most indoor settings and public outdoor spaces when you cannot maintain physical distancing of six feet or more from people outside of your immediate household. For details, please visit CDPH’s guidance here. Visitors should also abide by their local county health orders.

Statewide, California State Parks continues to work with locals on a phased and regionally-driven approach to increase access to state park units where compliance with state and local public health ordinances can be achieved. Even though the department has increased access across the State Park System, the need for Californians to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the outdoors remains critical.

For information on statewide current closures and available services, please visit parks.ca.gov/FlattenTheCurve.

Phone Number

(530) 335-2777

Max. Trailer Lengths

Trailer: 32 Feet
Camper/Motorhome: 32 Feet

Park Hours

McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park is open for camping year round. Day use hours are from Sunrise to Sunset. Self-Registration is required. Ranger on patrol will verify. Park is subject to closure during severe winter weather. Please check back to this website for updates.

Dogs Allowed?

Yes
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.

BOATING
Boating
Boat Ramps
Boat Rentals
OVERNIGHT FACILITIES
En route Campsites
Environmental Campsites
Family Campsites
Hike or Bike Campsites
RV Dump Station
Alternative Camping
RV Access
TRAIL USE
Hiking Trails
Horseback Riding
DAY-USE ACTIVITIES & FACILITIES
Historical/Cultural Site
Picnic Areas
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Fishing
Interpretive Exhibits
Scuba Diving/Snorkeling
Beach Area
Swimming
Vista Point
Nature & Wildlife Viewing
Windsurfing/Surfing
Family Programs
Geocaching
OTHER FACILITIES & VISITOR INFORMATION
Camp Store
Parking
Restrooms / Showers
Restrooms
Drinking Water Available
Wheelchair Accessible

Visitors,
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.

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 - $30 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

Hiking

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

Location-Directions

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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