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“If nothing else - stop to see the falls”

McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Burney
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Owner description: Popular hiking, camping and fishing park.
Reviewed 8 July 2007

The falls are very near the entrance and are great. You will not be disappointed

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Reviewed 24 June 2006

McArthur-Burney is probably the best state park I have ever seen! The falls are impressive. While they may lack the massive height of Yosemite, they make up for it in many other ways. The ample amount (100 million gallons a day) of water creates a massive, powerful set of falls. The water actually pours out the side of the falls in many places (see pictures), due to the volcanic makeup of the stone. You can walk right up to the falls, something that is difficult in Yosemite, or in Hawaii, for that matter. Actually, the only other place I have been able to really embrace waterfalls like this was in North Carolina.
Additionally, the campsites are very well designed. I recommend getting a spot away from the creekside, as most people prefer to camp near the creek, even though its a couple hundred feet down from the camp, and you can't hear the waterfall. We stayed near the old graveyard trail. Look for sites on the outer part of the roads, as you won't be surrounded by other campers, as well as after turnoffs in the campsites so you will have fewer cars passing by. Though most people get well settled in there it seems.
The trails are wonderful for easy hiking. The steepest trail is probably the one that goes from the base of the falls back to the parking lot! No trail is difficult, as they all are less than 2 miles. We got a lot of hiking in when camped there. The only sad thing was the trail that leads to the springs that keep the falls running year round. We went in early June, and the creek that feeds into the falls was running high. We couldn't see the water percolating from the rocks as the pool was full. I guess if you go later in the year you can see it. Also, be on the lookout for river otters. They love the trout stocked in the river. You might get lucky and spot one.

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W. Richland, WA
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Reviewed 19 September 2004

I was 6 years old in 1960 and it was the most beautiful place I ever saw and still is today. Well worth the trip. In the fall the leaves are so very pretty.

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Reviewed 13 July 2004

I first learned about this park in 1986. Have gone there every year since except for two. Need I say more? This park has new spacious private hot showers, a snack bar, gift shop, spectacular falls, great camping, and a nice swimming area on the lake with plenty of sun or shade, whichever you choose. You can walk to the falls on a 90 degree day and relax in 65 degree coolness as the falls generate its own breeze and mist when close by. The steep hike back up (although paved) can be rewarded with a soft ice cream cone from the snack bar two minutes away from the top of the climb back up. Or you can view the falls from a simple two minute level ground walk from the parking area.

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Roseville, CA
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Reviewed 21 June 2003

This is one of the most beautiful state parks I have ever stayed in---and I have stayed there many, many times. The waterfalls inside the park are nothing short of AWESOME! They were declared by a past President to be "the eighth wonder of the world" and were used in one of the earlier Tarzan movies. The park has many beautiful campsites--many secluded but also accommodates RV's where necessary. There is a nice, large lake inside the park boundaries where you can swim, fish and rent paddle boats, canoes, etc. There is a campfire 2or3 nights of the week, and Jr. ranger programs available for the younger of the visitors. There are miles and miles of hiking inside the park. Lots of wild animals --have shared campsites with "just passing" skunks, raccoons, many, many squirrels and bluejays (naturally) and bears have been known to roam into the park grounds occasionally (never in mine though!). This is a gorgeous beautiful park and within an hour or so of Lassen National Park/volcano. Fishing abounds nearbound with many "secret" fishing holes the locals might just be willing to share with you. Also, the town of Burney, with a major grocery store (I think it is an Albertson's)---although there is a camp store for emergency essentials such as milk, bread, ice, firewood --as well as a snack bar with icecream treats and some sandwiches--is within a 15 minute drive outside of the park gates---so you need not lug your groceries with you----just get them there. I say go--and be sure to come back here and let me know what you think!

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