Trip · 3-day camping trip
For · Friends and new campers
Vibe · Relaxing and chill
Reservations · Yes, reserve an ADA site at Rim Campground (#1, #3, #23, #27, #30, #47, and #51)
Drive · 4.5 hours from SF
Ideal dates · May to September
Pets · Welcome at camp, but not on trails
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 and visiting the falls around 7 AM. As they say, early birds get Burney Falls for themselves!
Main image credit: Gracie Emory
Each ADA campsite comes with a:
Rim Campground is located between Burney Falls and Lake Britton, an under-rated highlight within the park. Unlike Pioneer campground, Rim is located closer to the falls. The campground also has ADA cabins (#59 and #62), RV, and tent campsites (#1, #3, #23, #27, #30, #47, and #51). There's a general store, accessible restrooms and token-operated showers. Sites can be reserved up to six months advance for peak summer months, and are first-come, first-serve between Labor Day and mid-May.
Check-in: After 2 PM · Check-out: 12 PM
Quiet hours: 10 PM to 6 AM
Nightly Rate: $35
Burney Falls is named after Samuel Burney, who died in 1859. The McArthurs bought and later gifted the waterfall to the state in 1920.
The Ilmawi were the first group of people to live near the falls. Today, they're part of the Pit River Tribe.
Burney Falls is one of the few known nesting sites for the Black Swift. You can often spot them soaring around the waterfalls
This spacious tent is known for its enmeshed screen room, which will keep you dry and bug-free during the summer.
It's not the lightest cot available, but it's comfortable, easy to set up, and break down.
It's pricey, but the New York Times' Wirecutter recommended this attachment as a way for wheelchair users to navigate uneven terrain.
Instead of transporting stuff on your lap, use this storage bag to easily store items underneath your wheelchair.
Winner of the REI Editor's Choice Award, this bag is warm and light, coming in a little over three pounds.
Cuddle with your partner to the max in this spacious sleeping bag, primarily designed for couples.
It's not the fairest of them all, but this affordable sleeping bag delivers on warmth and comfort.
Whether you're a couple or prefer to sleep like a queen, this spacious air mattress will keep you warm at night.
A soft, comfy jacket that comes in a variety of colors. Wear it in the city or the trail.
A dreamy, colorful sweater to sport around camp and on chillier day hikes.
This mineral-based sunscreen is good for the envrionment and your skin. It's water resistant too.
You don't have to sacrifice color for SPF protection. Look and feel good while protecting your lips.
This cook station has plenty of storage and counter space, and is easy to set up and carry out.
Campers can use this pot and pan cookset while car camping or backpacking in the woods.
This 4-person cookset comes with a stainless steel cooking pot, pan, lids, plates, bowls, utensils, and more.
When a campground is short of sinks, bring your own. Clean your dirty dishes in this expandable bin.
This expensive stove is for campers who want compact, portability, and performance all in one.
A reliable, popular, and relatively affordable dual-burner camping stove that is fairly heavy, but performs well.
This was GCI's first rocker and it remains their most popular. It's easy to open and close, and comes with a handle to carry around.
Add a little magic to your experience by hanging these twinkling lights around your tent every night.