McArthur ~ Burney Falls Park is located in the foothills of the Cascades and Modoc Plateau between statuesque Mt. Shasta and Mt. Lassen. The 129-foot scenic falls is ranked among the best in California and the park is situated within easy driving distance of some of the most spectacular natural settings to be found anywhere in the United States. The nearby availability of a wide-variety of activities--- golf, hunting, shooting, fishing, boating, birding, hiking, horseback riding, photography, history and more... make the park the perfect place to spend not only a brief visit, but also an extended vacation. You will find lodging and restaurants in the vicinity or you can camp out at the park in a park RV spot, campground or cabin.
Marlon Sloan, Interpretive Specialist
During the major season, the Park provides an Interpretive Specialist, who assists in the identification of local wildflowers and wildlife, and conducts camp programs and tours. For further information, contact the Visitors Center at (530) 335-2777.
Burney Falls was named after pioneer settler Samuel Burney who lived in the area in the 1850s. The McArthur Family were pioneer settlers who arrived in the late 19th century. Descendants of both were responsible for saving the waterfall and nearby land from development, purchasing the property and presenting it as a gift to the state in the 1920s.
McArthur ~ Burney Falls Park was the second park to become part of the California State Park System, in 1926.
The Park has a General Store, Visitor Center & Gift Shop, marina, boat rentals, cabin rentals, available firewood, recycling, RV-sanitation facilities, restrooms, showers, and Wi-Fi. Park activities include: Dutch-oven cooking; hiking, (the Pacific Crest Trail runs through the Park); canoeing; horseback riding; camping; fishing; picnics; and special events. Visitors also receive a Park Visitors Guide and brochure providing additional information.
On a warm summer day, the mist is refreshing.
Trail Status as of September 16, 2020:
Falls Loop Trail (front) - Open
Falls Loop Trail (back) - Open
Pioneer Cemetery Trail - Open
Headwaters Trail - Open
Lake Trail - Closed Due to Storm Damage
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 has reopened with the repair of Rainbow Bridge.
Please mind the trail closed signs. The warnings are for your safety and to prevent further trail damage. Sorry for the inconvenience.
The Pacific Crest Trail is closed above the falls and should be repaired soon.
$10.00 per vehicle per occupied space; $9.00 for seniors, or
$100 per bus, or
Oversized fee $20.00
Launch fee is $10.00
Camping s $35.00 per night
RV Dump Station is $10.00 per dump
Want To Avoid The Crowds?
Weekends are almost always packed, so weekday visits are encouraged. (Check Home Page For Other Restrictions)