McArthur–Burney Falls Memorial State Park Campgrounds

Burney, California 96013

McArthur–Burney Falls Memorial State Park Campgrounds

McArthur–Burney Falls Memorial State Park Campgrounds Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Come to McArthur–Burney Falls Memorial State Park in the summer armed with reservations and children. You need reservations to get a campsite, and children to play with all the other kids teeming the campsites, hiking the trails, and cavorting on the beautiful beach by the marina. However, in the fall or spring, McArthur–Burney Falls offers peace and quiet. It is a premium state park with good swimming, fishing, and hiking, as well as comfortable camping with hot showers.

Around the campground you will find some good hikes—especially the popular Fall Creek Trail. This is a 1.2-mile self-guided interpretive loop that tours the creek canyon. Avoid this trail at all costs in the summer, except to access the trail that runs down the canyon to the beach on Lake Britton. At other times, this loop is astonishingly beautiful"

McArthur–Burney Falls Memorial State Park Campgrounds Trip Reports

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McArthur - Burney Falls Memorial SP is so far the best SP my family and I have been to. We came to this park on 6/4/09 and we got all types of weather. 3 out of the 5 days we were there it rained, and the last 2 days the weather maintained in the mid 70sat night the temp dropped to the high 40s, however it was worth it. 40 min south east is Mt. Lassen Volcanic SP and another 40 min north is Mt. Shasta. This place is not only beautiful but quite and peaceful. The waterfall is magnificent and is a must see for any type of camper. The lake is huge and they offer boat rentals and a great swimming area. Campsites are medium size with a lot of trees for privacy. We were able to fit a 2 tents and a canopy. Tent 1 was 12x10, tent 2 was 9x8, and the canopy was 12x9 and we still would have had room for 1 more tent. In the morning you will be greeted by squirrels and at night you will have raccoons try to steal left out food. Insects were not a problem here however it did rain. This SP also offer some easy to do hiking trails that the whole family can take part off. Fishing is pretty tough at this SP unless you have a boat, however we did find some good spots near the crystal lake fish hatchery.
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McArthur Burney Falls is definitely a must go CAMPING site. The sites are very spacious which allows a family to play baseball, volleyball, without really feeling like you're intruding on your neighbors site. The hikes are very kid-friendly. My children 4, 6, and 7 last year hiked all the trails without a problem. The lake is great for swimming. You are able to Kayak around the area. The fall was amazing. It was cold but the kids were able to hang out at the creek and play. Definitely a place worth seeing.
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Truly a spectacular waterfall, spring ,summer, fall and winter. The beautiful white water spilling from the top and pouring from the igneous rock that composes the cliffs has an almost hypnotic effect on every visitor. The hemlock trees are the largest I have ever seen. The trail is delightful without being very demanding, what it lacks in difficulty it makes up with scenic beauty. The wooden bridge that crosses McArthur-Burney creek is wonderful. The state park campground is okay, the two PGE campgrounds across the lake are much less crowded, more scenic and secluded. Just outside of Burney, right before you turn off of 299 and onto 89 north there is a fantastic and easily visible osprey nest on the high tension power poles on the left side of the road. The park and trail are pretty much equidistant from Mt. Shasta and Mt. Lassen and easily accessible to the campground at Hat Creek.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Swimming, Boating, Fishing, Hiking, Birding, Biking
Additional Use
Local Contacts
Fees per Night
Wi-Fi service near visitor center, water, flush toilets, coin-operated showers, firewood for sale, dump stations. Picnic table, fireplace, food locker.

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