When you think of California, you probably think of beach days, surfing, and the Hollywood sign. But there’s a lesser-known part of the state that often gets overlooked - the beautiful woods and hikes it has to offer. We’ve found one of the best waterfalls in California that will take your breath away.

Burney Falls is located in McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial Park in Shasta County, California. It’s definitely one of the state’s biggest surprises!

An easy one-mile hike will take you to one of the most stunning natural wonders you’ve ever seen. 

This 129-foot waterfall cascades down massive, moss-covered rocks in multiple streams. It’s 279 feet wide. We can see why Teddy Roosevelt declared them the eighth wonder of the world. 

In fact, these falls are so big, you can even see them from the parking lot when you pull up. But don’t settle for second best. You can see them close up in just a short walk.

The most popular way to get to Burney Falls is via the Trail Loop. It’s only 0.3 miles to get down to the waterfalls, but the climb is a little steep on the way back up.

There are plenty of places to rest along the way and soak up the views though. Tbh, you won’t ever want to leave.

There’s also an option to go down to the base of the waterfall if you’d like. And here’s the best part. You can go swimming in it. Pardon us, while we live out our Tarzan dreams. There are so many cute spots to go sunbathe.

This trail is super-easy to navigate and the views are absolutely stunning during the fall when the leaves are all red and gold.

If you want to go swimming there, we recommend visiting in the summer when the outdoor temperatures are warm.

Burney Falls flows year-round. It’s fed from both Burney Creek and underground springs located in the park. So, you can visit during any time of the year without having to worry about the falls being dried up (California probs).

If you’re looking for the best waterfalls in California, you won’t be able to beat this spot. We recommend packing a picnic, swimsuit, and a camera. You’re gonna want to stay awhile. *wink wink* 

Wanna chase more waterfalls? Check out our picks for the top seven waterfalls in California you need to add to your western bucket list.

Burney Falls

Price: Day use fees range from $8 to $10

Hours: 6 am to 6 pm

Location: Burney Falls, California 96013

Why You Should Go: We’ll just let the pictures speak for themselves.


We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.

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