McArthur Burney Falls Memorial State Park

A waterfall dubbed the eighth wonder of the world

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The curtain of water dropping a half-mile into a river might your breath away as it did Theodore Roosevelt’s when he deemed these falls the “eighth wonder of the world.” One hundred million gallons of water travels from the above river down verdant lava rock into two gushing falls that steal the show.

Walk the Falls

Loop trail (just over a mile) down to the base of the falls (where temperatures seem to drop 40 degrees as the mist from the falls bathe you), then along the river and up over the falls. Afterwards, cool off with a dip in Lake Britton (or kayak, boat, or fish for trout), which was crafted by volcanic activity. Camp out in a tent, or bed down in one of their small housekeeping cabins (118 sites). During summer nights, rangers give astronomy talks by the lake.

Nearby, the one-street town of Burney, houses a number of small town eateries slinging lumberjack portions of fine food. The Rex Club has been in business since the 1920’s, serving popular dinners of filet mignon, halibut and pasta in a classic dining room. For breakfast most locals populate the worn booths at the Blackberry Patch.

At A Glance

24898 Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway
Burney 96013

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