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“Go Enjoy The Natural Beauty!”

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.
San Mateo, California
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30 reviews
28 attraction reviews
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“Go Enjoy The Natural Beauty!”
Reviewed 13 September 2013

Breathing taking water falls! My family and my kids enjoy it so much. We went camp at Lassen NP at 1st week of August, 2013. This beautiful falls is located 30 minutes north from Lassen, a flat easy Highway drive. The falls is very close to the entrance. $8 entrance fee. You will find amazing views at the top, midway or at the bottom of the falls. Excellent picture spots. A lot of rocks find at the bottom of the falls, very fresh cool water. Kids love jumping around the rounds while adults sit down to relax and enjoy the little spray from the falls. You can even hear the roar from the falls. The weather was perfect, sunny but not too hot. We brought lunch down to the falls. It was so joyful to have our sandwiches and enjoy the beautiful falls at the same time. A very easy trail heads down the falls. There is also a Fall Loop Trail if you have another hour to spend. I am glad I find this beautiful water falls. It was a highlight of my camping trip near Lassen. A must see if you are in Northern California!

Visited August 2013
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“Most unique waterfall!”
Reviewed 2 September 2013

The Burney Falls are truly very unique. They are outflows of natural springs, and therefore surface drought does not affect the flow rate and volume of these falls, which are almost constant year round. I would recommend a visit in the early or first part of the day, as the glare from the sun later in the day will affect the quality of your view. Do take the 1.2-mile loop trail if possible.

Visited August 2013
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San Diego
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Reviewed 14 August 2013

Wow. We saw this over 20 years ago and it is more beautiful than we remembered. Great facilities, too. There's over 100 campsites but book early or stay in nearby Burney.

Visited August 2013
1 Thank Albizia
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Sausalito, California
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48 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“Go. See. Get Out of Town.”
Reviewed 12 August 2013

Burney Falls is a great spot to visit, even if you're not a camper.

The Falls are great-- if not spectacular. The trails in the surrounding area are accessible and easy to hike. And if you're in the mood, there are boat, kayak and canoe rentals on the lake. It's a fabulous spot to spend a few hours or half a day.

The trick is to get into Burney and then get out. Burney, like other NE California towns, is not for the educated, sophisticated or high-end traveler. There are great locations to see-- such as Mount Lassen-- but few reasons to linger unless you're a camper, fisherman, or in the FBI's Witness Protection Program. Burney Falls are a high-altitude treat. Enjoy, then drive on.

Visited August 2013
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Chico, California
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“Pristine pool of chilly wonder”
Reviewed 5 August 2013

The hike to the falls, and back, is easy and gorgeous. The entire loop is moderate. The hike back behind the falls is uphill and in the sun, so if you want to stay in the shade on an easy hike don't hike the entire loop--just turn around and go back the way you came. Lake Britton is a short drive through the camp ground. The water is nice but the beach was crowded and noisy.

Visited July 2013
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