McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park

McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park

Important: All access to the waterfall and fall’s pool area at McArthur Burney Falls MSP will be closed due to reconstruction of the main trail starting in early April through the entire 2024 summer season.

Additionally, CalTrans will be preforming a major Highway 89 rehabilitation project during the same period which will significantly add traffic congestion, delays and intermittent traffic closures near the park entrance. 

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 that in turn feeds 129-foot, year-round Burney Falls. 

Theodore Roosevelt once proclaimed the cascade as “the eighth wonder of the world,” but unfortunately, you and Rover can’t view it together. 

Park rules state that dogs must be leashed at all times and are not allowed on swimming beaches or on trails, with the exception of the mile-long “Cemetery Trail” with history dating back to the 1800’s.

This trail takes you to Lake Britton, where water dogs can swim to their hearts content. Help keep this place beautiful, please clean up after your dogs.

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