Teddy Roosevelt once described Burney Falls as the 8th wonder of the world.
If you live in California and never heard of Burney Falls? I feel sorry for you, its time to get out from under that rock. Located 45 minutes east of Redding, CA and a 4 hour 15 minute drive from San Francisco. A mesmerizing 129 foot waterfall that quite possibly could be the most beautiful waterfall California has to offer. A beautiful oasis nestled away in a pristine forest area. In my opinion yes, but you can judge for yourself. I stumbled upon this beauty through a book a friend brought over that showed hikes and waterfalls in Northern California. Jackpot! More places to add to the bucket list. With nothing to do on my day off, it was time to pack some snacks, throw the dog in the car (not literally) and jam out to some good music because Interstate is one boring drive. After a 3+ hour drive with my dog Joose that seemed to not care about the waterfall I finally made it on a beautiful sunny California afternoon, she was probably more excited for the car ride. Typical dogs.
The McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park has a lot to offer. From campgrounds, cabins, hiking trails (the Pacific Crest Trail passes through here), fishing, swimming, boat rentals, and a gift shop. The links in this article will link you to what you are looking for. To get to Burney Falls from the parking lot, it was a short stroll down a trail few a switchbacks that was no more than a quarter-mile long. At the bottom of the trail you can take a right which is a 1.3 mile loop around the falls or go left and there is the magnificent waterfall putting on a display. There were children swimming at the bottom of the falls and people taking selfies (guilty as charged). What amazed me was how loud the waterfall was. Thousands of gallons of water plunging into the 22' pool below was astounding. A constant roar. I could hear it before I even pulled up to the parking lot. Mist sprayed everywhere the lower you descended down to the waterfall. Constantly wiping my camera lens waiting for that perfect photo. Unfortunately, I didn't get that perfect photo but I am content with the ones I share with you. If you want to see a the best waterfall in California, Burney Falls is your answer. Mr. Roosevelt may be right. Touché my friend