McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park, Burney

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.8/5 based on 360+ reviews on the web
McArthur–Burney Falls Memorial State Park is the second oldest state park in the California State Parks system, located approximately 6mi north of Burney, California. The park offers camping, fishing, watersports, hiking and horseback riding facilities. The park is mainly known for the waterfall, Burney Falls, at the entrance of the park. Wildlife in the park includes bass, trout, Steller's jay, squirrels, woodpeckers, deer, and on rare occasion, black bear.GeologyThe park is within the Cascade Range and Modoc Plateau natural region, with 910acre of forest and 5mi of streamside and lake shoreline, including a portion of Lake Britton.The park's centerpiece is the 129ft Burney Falls. Burney Creek originates from the park's underground springs, with additional water coming from springs, which join the creek to create a mist-filled basin. Below the falls, the creek flows into Lake Britton.
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  • Amazing view after figuring out how to pay to get into park. There is an odd drop box (8 per car admission). Waterfall is so beautiful, water is crystal clear. Easy paved walk down to waterfall area. ...  read more »
  • This is a picturesque falls visible from the top that can be accessed by walker or wheelchair. Going down to the falls is not accessible. The trails is mild to medium depending on which trail you pick...  read more »
  • Thanks to a tip from a coworker, we approached the park from Clark Creek Rd; there is a small parking area about a mile in (?) from 89. Here, you can walk in to the Falls Loop Trail -- easier to turn ...  read more »
  • These are not the most spectacular falls one can see but they are very interesting because of how the water just runs out of the rock face. Even in drought conditions there was quite a surprising amount of water coming off of these falls. The nearby lake area is also very beautiful and has a nice campground.
  • This place is beautiful. It is a sight like no other that I have seen so far in California. Great to go visit and admire it's beauty in nature. However, if you're planning to go hike, the trail is doable especially for beginners. This place is more about strolling through than an actual hike. I recommend everyone visits at least once in their lifetime.
  • How did I live so many years in NorCal and not know about this gem? The waterfalls are reason enough to visit. The generously sized campsites, the cleanliness, and the creature comforts are some of the best we've experienced. Ample hiking trails (like the PCT) surrounded the park. Lake Britton offers kayaking and boating. The general store has everything you need in a pinch. I recommend bringing your bikes!
  • beautiful falls... HORRIBLE ranger lady... Samantha M is exactly the WRONG person to be greeting visitors... her snarky "I hate my job and I am going to take it out on the visitors" attitude is more suited for cleaning restrooms and cleaning toilets than greeting visitors... but alas... government employees... what can you do?
  • Great place to camp! Cleanest bathrooms I've seen at a campground and there is plenty to do on site. They have a very elaborate and interactive visitor center, decently big market on site along with the lake and waterfall attractions. If I'm ever fortunate enough to be in the area in the future I would love to stay again!