McArthur-Burney Falls State Park Campground

Shasta County

Burney Falls

Burney Falls at McArthur-Burney Falls State Park

McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park
Attractions and Activities

Visitors to McArthur-Burney Falls State Park enjoy the views of the falls as well as all the great recreation opportunities at Lake Britton.

  • View Burney Falls from the overlooks adjacent to the parking lot.
  • Hike the short trail down to the base of the falls or make a full loop around the falls using two bridges.
  • Drive or hike to nearby Lake Britton for the day.
  • Rent patio boats, paddle boats, motor boats, canoes and kayaks, and paddle boards at Burney Falls Park Marina at Lake Britton
  • Enjoy swimming in the lake
  • Take a tour of the Visitor Center
  • Attend one of the interesting ranger campfire programs, marshmallows included
  • Join a guided paddle tour of Lake Britton
  • Junior Ranger programs for ages 7 - 12.
  • Plan to be in the park for once-a-month Animal Rescue Saturdays beginning in late May and running through August. See rescued animals and learn about wildlife in the area.

McArthury-Burney Falls SP Campground

McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park is northeast of Redding on Highway 89 in Shasta County. The park is in the Cascade Range, adjacent to Lake Britton. Visitors to McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park, of course, are drawn to 129-foot Burney Falls. Many consider them among the most beautiful falls in California. Visitors enjoy hiking in the park, especially along the Pacific Crest Trail. Lake Britton offers boating, swimming, and fishing. A marina with boat rentals is available there.

The campground in McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park has 102 campsites. Seventeen of the sites are designated for tents only while the rest can accommodate RVs, trailers, and tents. There is also a Hike & Bike site. Rustic one and two-bedroom cabins are available for rent.

The 2,650-mile long Pacific Crest Trail passes through McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park across Burney Creek from the campground. Hikers along the trail can opt for the Environmental campsite ($15 per site) found immediately after the PCT crosses Burney Creek or the Hike and Bike site ($5 per person) located on the northeast side of the main campground. (Use the PCT button to find information about the Pacific Crest Trail at McArthur-Burney Falls Park.)

Campground Basics
Location: On Highway 89 near Burney, 6 miles north of Highway 299
Elevation: 3,000 feet
Mileage and driving time from gateway city: Redding - 65 miles, 1:12
Number of Sites: 102
Open - Closed: open year-round
Max. People per Site: 8 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 1 vehicle plus 1 legally towed vehicle (fee for additional vehicles)
Pets: on leash, always attended
McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park: (530) 335-2777

Reservations available Mid-May through early September, otherwise first come, first served
Booking Window: Reservations taken from 2 days up to 6 months in advance of arrival date.
Maximum RV/trailer Length: 32 feet
Wheelchair Accessible Sites: #1 and 3 with electric hook-up; #23, 27, 30, 47, 51
Fees: $35 per night
Online Reservations at ReserveCalifornia: McArthur_Burney Fallls Memorial State Park Campground Reservations
or call (800) 444-PARK (7275) between 8 AM and 6 PM
Check-in, check-out: 2:00 PM, check-out Noon

McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, food locker, fire ring; no hook-ups (except electricity at 2 handicapped sites)
Campground: Restrooms with flush toilets, tap water, store
Campground Map: McArthur-Burney Falls Campground Map
Showers: Yes
Dump station: Yes
Nearby attractions: Burney Falls, Visitor Center, bike trail, Pioneer Cemetery Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, Lake, Rim Trail and Burney Creek Trail to Britton with boating, swimming, and fishing; ranger-led canoe tours of Lake Britton

Pacific Crest Trail Information

Take the Burney Falls trail junction to access the main campground and Hiker and Biker Campsite.

Trail Miles Northbound from Burney Falls trail junction

  • Rock Creek bridge - 5.5 miles
  • Screwdriver Creek - 9.6 miles + 0.1 mile off trail
  • Deadman Creek - 19.8 miles
  • McCloud River - 52 miles
  • Canada Border - 1,233.5 miles

Trail Miles Southbound from Burney Falls trail junction

  • Burney Mountain Guest Ranch - 7.7 miles + 0.3 mile southwest of trail. Hiker friendly
  • small creek - 12.1 miles (possibly last water for 29 miles)
  • Subway Cave - 41.5 miles
  • Mexican Border - 1,416.5 miles

Nearest Town

Burney - 12 miles south via Hwy. 89 and Hwy. 299
  Post Office, grocery, restaurants, lodging, Burney Sporting Goods, Burney Express (bus to Redding)

Always confirm mileages and directions with a reliable PCT source such as the Pacific Crest Trail Association's The Pacific Crest Trail: Exploring America's Wilderness Trail.

ReserveCalifornia Reservations Tips

California State Parks' new reservation system - ReserveCalifornia - now allows campers "to make reservations 6 months to the day in advance of their arrival date." For example, on January 1 reservations can be made for stays beginning on July 1. In the past, reservations were released in one-month blocks. Now it is day by day. For months with fewer days than the month 6 months away, reservations for the remaining days will be released in a small cluster on the first of the next month. For example, on March 1 (because February is a short month) you can make reservations for stays beginning August 29-31. Read details at ReserveCalifornia.

General Camping Information

Opening and closing dates of campgrounds are only estimates, usually dependent on snow conditions. Not all campsites can accommodate trailers or RVs of all lengths. Check carefully on the website when you make your reservation to be sure your vehicle will fit your campsite.

In order to prevent the spread of invasive insects, firewood from outside the area is not permitted.

Accessible Sites

Designated Accessible sites are usually reserved for people with disabilities who have a vehicle displaying an accessible parking placard or license plate.

McArthur-Burney Falls State Park campground

McArthur-Burney Falls State Park Campground

Lake Britton at McArthur-Burney Falls State Park campground

Lake Britton

map of McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park, CA


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