McArthur–Burney Falls

The second oldest state park in California!

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. The waterfall itself is very wide and has both an upper and middle flow of water. The middle flow is fed by an underground river that runs below the creek above. This is what makes the falls stand out as you see water coming from the top but also out of a dozen holes right in the middle of the falls. Why is this special? The park offers camping, fishing, watersports, hiking, and horseback riding facilities. Wildlife in the park includes bass, trout, Steller's jay, squirrels, woodpeckers, deer, and on rare occasion, black bear. Park has lots of trails, but the primary trail is the Falls Loop Trail (3/4 mile) that begins at the Burney Falls overlook. From there, it descends to the bottom of the falls, proceeds downstream to the Rainbow Footbridge. From there, it crosses Burney Creek and ascends back on the other side of the ravine (providing alternate views of the falls), and finally returning across the creek again via Fisherman’s Bridge.

Perfect For

  • Magical waterfalls and forest

  • Hiking and climbing

  • Romantic getaway

  • Nature exploration with friends

  • Memorable time with family

  • Personal adventure

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