The true highlight of this well-maintained state park is Burney Falls. The waterfall is created by the cascading waters of Burney Creek falling into a deep blue pool with a 129 feet drop-off. Leaving the pool, the creek meanders past a tree-fringed valley before flowing into a lake. Several hiking trails are marked along this stream with viewpoints offering spectacular views of the waterfall.
Begin this 3-mile long trail at the Burney Falls Overlook and descend to its foot, moving along the streaming waters until you reach Rainbow Footbridge. Cross Burney Creek from here and trace back along the ravine’s other side, returning across the creek from Fisherman’s Bridge.
Hike this mile-long trail merging with the Falls Loop Trail at Rainbow Bridge and leading to Lake Britton’s area of swimming and boating. Take this route to witness the magnificence of the park’s coniferous vegetation.
The mile-long Headwaters Trail circuit the Fisherman’s Bridge and lead to Headwaters Spring. The loop circuits back, meeting the Pacific Crest Trail Footbridge at a point before looping back to Fisherman’s Bridge.
McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park cabins tend to fill up fast in the peak season which is from April through October. Book in advance if coming during summer weekends and holidays. Also, McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park hotels can be found in the nearby towns of Redding and Mount Shasta for those looking for accommodation outside the park premises. The park offers several recreational activities like boating, fishing, swimming, snorkeling and more.
Enjoy a day of fishing in the three fishing hotspots across the park. Fishing is allowed in two zones – above and below the waterfall and in a third zone in Lake Britton. Bluegill, white and black crappie, trout, bullhead, channel catfish, and sunfish are some of the species that abound the park waters.
Rent a boat, canoe, pedal boat, or kayak to enjoy the lake waters or simply go for swimming in the protected beach area. The lake is also a good place for spotting osprey and bald eagles.
Camp in one of the 102 campsites across the park and enjoy closer views of scenic waterfalls while soaking in the tranquil environment of pine and cedar.