The falls can be accessed directly from the parking area or through several trails leading to either side, upper or lower views of the endless cascade of descending water.
We welcome you to our website and thank you for your interest in the McArthur ~ Burney Falls Memorial State Park, commonly referred to as Burney Falls Park. Here you will be introduced not only to our spectacular park, but also to Ahjumawi State Park and Castle Crags State Park. We will talk about what to do while visiting or staying at the park, nearby attractions, park activities, news and events, and our new visitors center and gift shop. We'll discuss the McArthur-Burney Falls Interpetive Association and Friends of the Falls, and we will provide you with links to other parks, similar organizations and area attractions. Come and visit with us... We don't bite, but the fish do!!!
Park Status as of May 20, 2022
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to be dynamic and fluid. As such, information on this webpage may change. Prior to visiting us, please check the official Park Website at www.parks.ca.gov again right before you visit the park to find out if new guidelines are in place. Visitors should also abide by their local county health orders.
What is open now?
McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park is open for day-use and reservation camping only. To make a reservation for 2022, 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.
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. 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.
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 obey the trail closed signs. The warnings are for your safety and to prevent further trail damage. Sorry for the inconvenience.
Due to extreme drought conditions, open fires may be prohibited at any time.