Hike to Burney Falls



1.3 miles

Elevation Gain

157 ft

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Added by Lisa Bao

Theodore Roosevelt referred to these falls as the “eighth wonder of the world.

Although the falls can be seen right from the parking area, this scenic 1.3 mile loop is a great hike for all levels of hiking ability. Heading out on this trail will take you to the base of this 129 foot tall waterfall. Allegedly, Theodore Roosevelt referred to these falls as the “eighth wonder of the world”.

Looking for an overview of the camping and trail areas, take a look at the park map. From the side bar of the McArthur-Burney Falls State Park page, you can make cabin or campground reservations if you'd like to make an overnight trip. 

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Chilly water

Tried swimming to the falls, but the water is very chilly. Fun camping trip!

Amazing falls

Beautiful water fall in Northern California. We camped near here and had a great time at the waterfall. We tried swimming to the waterfall, but the water was colder than we expected!

about 1 year ago

Beautiful and easy to get to

Would go back here in a heartbeat. If you are in the area this is a MUST DO! Beautiful, tranquil, the list goes on and on....the noise of the falls is so soothing and the stroll to get there is quick and easy. There is even a viewing point that more limited mobility people can see the falls from very close to the parking lot. Clean bathrooms too!

almost 4 years ago


One of the most peaceful places I've been with lots of nice views and more

almost 4 years ago

Great For A Family Hike

Hike was beautiful, views of the falls and burney creek that was just pristine. Easy hike for all my family ( kids 2-13) and the honey. We were bummed no dogs allowed But there are some steep edges that could be a risk if you had hikers and dogs on leash. Quite a few people enjoying the falls and trail but never felt crowded and we were able to take amazing pictures like we were there alone.

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We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on.

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