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Number of Sites: 128 Campsites
Reservation Status: Accepted Campground reservations can be made online or by calling (800) 444-7275.

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Description - Burney Falls was named after pioneer settler Samuel Burney who lived in the area in the 1850s. The McArthurs were pioneer settlers who arrived in the late 1800s. Descendants were responsible for saving the waterfall and nearby land from development. They bought the property and gave it to the state as a gift in the 1920s.

Attractions - The park is within the Cascade Range and Modoc Plateau natural region, with 910 acres of forest and five miles of streamside and lake shoreline, including a portion of Lake Britton. 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. Additional water comes from springs, joining to create a mist-filled basin. Burney Creek originates from the park's underground springs and flows to Lake Britton, getting larger along the way to the majestic falls.

The park's landscape was created by volcanic activity as well as erosion from weather and streams. This volcanic region is surrounded by mountain peaks and is covered by black volcanic rock, or basalt. Created over a million years ago, the layered, porous basalt retains rainwater and snow melt, which forms a large underground reservoir. Within the park, the water emerges as springs at and above Burney Falls, where it flows at 100 million gallons every day.

Recreation - The park offers a "Watchable Wildlife Site".

Trails: There are five miles of hiking trails winding through the park's evergreen forests. The Pacific Crest Trail passes through the park.

Special Events: On the Sunday of Columbus Day weekend, the park hosts Heritage Day, featuring demonstrations and recreations of activities and crafts common to people during the late 19th century.

Camping is available, contact the park for information.

Climate - Climate in the Shasta-Cascade Region varies greatly with elevation. Higher elevations tend to have much cooler temperatures and higher precipitation. Summer weather is usually hot and dry with lower elevation temperatures ranging from 85° - 100°+F and lows from 60° - 70°. Fall days are usually mild and warm, with cool nights. Winter is when most of the precipitation falls, averaging over 55 inches per year, much of it in the form of snow in the high elevations. Highs range from 40° - 60° and lows from 30° - 40° in the lower elevations. Spring weather is variable with many pleasant days.

Location - The park is northeast of Redding, six miles north of Highway 299 on Highway 89 near Burney.

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Filed By: Warren
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: This is a spectacular waterfall that is made all the better by being very easy to view. It is viewable from the top right out of the parking lot and the hike to the bottom is relatively easy. What I found the most spectacular the first time I saw the falls was not the water coming over the top of the falls but all the water coming out of the cliff itself. The rock in this area is very porous, and there is an underground river that runs right under the above ground one. So, when the above ground river hits the cliff, so does the underground river, and water pours out of the rock itself in a 120 degree panarama. Really beautiful. There is a small snack bar and gift shop at the top and a campground and marina on Lake Britton, a pretty lake just downstream of the falls. Beware in the summer time, the campground is full a lot and reservations are highly recommmended.

Filed By: Jonathan (Whittier, CA)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: the toughest part of the trip for me is the twelve hour drive but it is all worth it when you arive and get out of your car and walk to the falls viewing platform and drink in the majestic beauty of it all. I have been going to burney falls every year since i was 1 and there in nothingi remeber mor than the trips and i cant wait till august when we go again.

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ICON Camping The park has 129 developed campsites.

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Contact Information:
Northern Buttes Cascade Sector Headquarters, P.O. Box 2430 , Shasta, CA, 96087-2430, Phone: 530-225-2065, Fax: 530-225-2038

Additional Information:
Northern California -
Shasta-Cascade Area State Parks and Recreation Areas - The Shasta Cascade Region of northeast California is a land of dense conifer forests, volcanic landscapes, and few people. It features five national forests, five state parks, four state historic parks, and two state recreation areas.

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