CAMPING TRIP IN MCARTHUR-BURNEY FALLS MEMORIAL STATE PARK

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SUMMARY
WHY MCARTHUR-BURNEY FALLS MEMORIAL STATE PARK?

The star of McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park (BFSP) is its 129-foot high namesake: Burney Falls. People flock from all over to witness this natural wonder, which never fails to disappoint, but the park does get packed over summer weekends. Avoid the crowds by reserving a mid-week campsite & visiting the falls around 7 AM. As they say, early birds get Burney Falls for themselves!

· Directions To Campground

· Official State Park Website

TRIP · 3-day car camping trip
FOR · Families & first-time campers

VIBE · Chill & fun

COST · $
DRIVE · 5 hours from SF
IDEAL DATES · May - September
PETS · Welcome at camp, but not on trails

STUFF YOU NEED TO KNOW

Most of BFSP is blanketed by the 200,000-year old basalt of Rocky Ledge, a single lava flow that covers about 43 square miles east and north of the town of Burney.

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You can't swim in the falls, but Lake Britton is an awesome nearby alternative

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Mosquitoes like to hang out during the summer. Bring your bug spray!

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Day-use passes are $10 per car, but parking lots can be full during the summer

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The best views of Burney Falls can be found from the main trail, a 1.3 mile loop

 

ITINERARY

DAY ONE
LEAVE SF BY 9 AM & GRAB LUNCH AT GUADALAJARA MEXICAN RESTAURANT

- Diners love their Mexican food, pleasant service & fun ambiance 
- Located at 435 E. Cypress Ave in Redding, CA

- Open everyday| 11 AM - 8 PM or until 9 PM

LAST PIT STOP · Chevron - 37300 Main Street in Burney

CHECK IN & SETTLE IN AT RIM CAMPGROUND

- Set up camp, wander around the campground & relax

HIKE BURNEY FALLS LOOP TRAIL

- Walk a mile-long loop and enjoy Burney Falls at golden hour 

RETURN TO CAMP FOR DINNER & S'MORES

- Prep dinner, s'mores & enjoy an evening of drinking & stargazing

DAY TWO
MAKE BREKKIE, PACK A PICNIC & SPEND THE DAY SWIMMING IN LAKE BRITTON

- Pack a daypack with lunch, snacks, sunscreen, sunhat, bug spray & plenty of water

- Hike 2 miles round-trip along Rim trail, which eventually merges with Burney Creek Trail, to spend the day swimming & lounging by Lake Britton 

- Enjoy the sun, water & an afternoon picnic!

RENT A CANOE, PADDLE BOAT, OR KAYAK

- Marina hours are Mon, Tue, Fri-Sun from 9 AM - 5 PM

- Canoes are $25 per hour (up to 3 people)

- Paddle boats are $25 per hour (up to 4 people)

- Kayaks are $25 per hour (2 - 3 people)

    

RETURN TO CAMP & UNWIND

- Clean up, prep a delicious meal & warm up with your favorite hot bevvie

 

- Roast up s'mores & soak up your last night in Burney Falls State Park!

DAY THREE
PACK UP & CHECK OUT BEFORE NOON

👀 Cook up brekkie, clean up around camp & throw away any random pieces of litter

HEAD HOME!

Burney Falls is one of the few known nesting sites for the Black Swift. You can often spot them soaring around the waterfalls.

 

GEAR

ESSENTIALS
CLOTHING
ACCESSORIES
 
FRIDAY

Dinner

CAMPFIRE MAC N' CHEESE

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Vegetarian recipes

Dessert

S'MORES

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Gluten-free recipes

FOOD

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LAST UPDATED: May 27, 2021

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