McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park

I‘ve found my new happy place: Burney Falls in Burney, CA, which is about 5 hours north of the Bay Area. I’ve wanted to come here for a long time, and was a little nervous that maybe it would be overhyped. Instead, it was everything I thought it would be and more. Even Mike, who is not at all into the outdoors in the same way I am, really loved this trip and said he’d remember it for the rest of his life.

Up until now, my favorite waterfall has been Waimoku Falls in Maui, HI, but Burney Falls is really in its own category. It’s hard to believe that such massive, otherworldly falls are located in here in the “backyard” of our very own California. You don’t have to jump on a plane to see something completely breathtaking and beautiful.

Without further ado, the falls. πŸ™‚ Regrettably, I don’t have many photos of them as it’s hard to photograph waterfalls that are so large! There weren’t many angles I could shoot from, so here are the few I took. I also shot a video that you can check out on my Instagram.

Another great thing about Burney Falls is that it’s only a 0.3 mile walk from the parking lot to the base of the falls, and there’s an overlook of the falls only 150 ft from the parking lot, so basically anyone can view these falls without much effort. The base of the falls, however, aren’t wheelchair or stroller accessible, because there are a few steps to go down. On the other hand, I saw one determined individual in crutches going down the stairs as I was coming back up… So, most people can probably access the base if they really, really want to. πŸ™‚

What isn’t apparent from these photos is just the sheer grandeur of the falls. With a height of 130 ft and a width of 250 ft, they’re HUGE! They really remind you of just how insignificant and helpless you are in comparison to Mother Nature.

It is very misty at the very base of the falls, as you can see. Not very good for picture taking, but very refreshing. πŸ™‚

This is a place we’ll have to revisit in the future, even though it’s a bit of a long drive to get here. Trust me, it’s worth it. If you live in northern California, I highly recommend making a weekend trip out of this and going to see Mossbrae Falls as well.

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