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530-335-2777
24898 State Highway 89 Burney, CA 96013
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President Theodore Rossevelt once called Burney Falls the "eight wonder of the world". This 129 foot spectacular cascading waterfall is within McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park. The park is located in the beautiful evergreen forests of the Pit River country in northeastern California, fast-running streams of pure, cold water make for great fishing, and the volcanic landscape is full of wonders. Burney Falls is not the highest nor largest waterfall in the state, but many people consider it the most beautiful. Unlike other waterfalls in this area or elsewhere, Burney Falls continues to flow at the same rate all year long - about 100 million gallons daily. The strikingly clear, pure water flows from openings in the volcanic rock at and above the falls. The water temperature, even on hot summer days, is about 42 degrees Fahrenheit. McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park lies within a volcanic wonderland. Under the volcanic rock, lies a soft white substance resembling blackboard chalk. It is diatomaceous earth formed almost entirely from microscopic plants that sank to the floor of an ancient sea. In this area, layers of ditomaceous earth can be 100 feet thick. You can get close to a good exposure of it on the Burney Creek Trail. Because the water in the overlying basalt does not penetrate the diatomaceous earth very well, it is forced to squeeze out in exposed places, such as the springs at Burney Falls. How to Get There:I-5 to Redding, Ca., Hwy 299 East to Hwy 89 North, 6 miles to park entrance. Tips: During the summer, all campsites can be reserved, and the campground is full every night. For reservations contact McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park 24898 Highway 89 Burney CA 96013 (530) 335-2777. Facilities include a developed campground with showers (no hookups), two picnic areas, and approximately five miles of trail. Visitors enjoy swimming, fishing, boating, and waterskiing on Lake Britton.
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