• Activities:

    Photography, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Intermediate

  • Season:

    Year Round

  • Trail Type:

    Loop

  • RT Distance:

    1.3 Miles

Forest
Romantic
Scenic
Waterfall

Theodore Roosevelt referred to these falls as the “eighth wonder of the world.

Although the falls can be seen right from the parking area, this scenic 1.3 mile loop is a great hike for all levels of hiking ability. Heading out on this trail will take you to the base of this 129 foot tall waterfall. Allegedly, Theodore Roosevelt referred to these falls as the “eighth wonder of the world”.

Looking for an overview of the camping and trail areas, take a look at the park map. From the side bar of the Burney Falls State Park page, you can make cabin or campground reservations if you'd like to make an overnight trip. 

Pack List

  • Camera
  • Water
  • Trail shoes
  • Camping gear if staying overnight
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One of the most peaceful places I've been with lots of nice views and more

6 months ago
6 months ago

Hike was beautiful, views of the falls and burney creek that was just pristine. Easy hike for all my family ( kids 2-13) and the honey. We were bummed no dogs allowed But there are some steep edges that could be a risk if you had hikers and dogs on leash. Quite a few people enjoying the falls and trail but never felt crowded and we were able to take amazing pictures like we were there alone.

6 months ago
6 months ago

Fun easy hike. The water is refreshing in the summer and beautiful in the fall and spring.

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

Perfect hike for all levels or ages, as it's lovely short hike down to the falls! To avoid crowds, head there before or after the summer time (May-September)!

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

I have been there around mid-to-late December. The water was not very clear so this might be useful information for those who plan to go there.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Such a beautiful falls, and very easy to get to. That's why there are sooooo many people around :)

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

The pictures do not do this fall justice. It is definitely a must-see. The water is also a very pretty blue color. Don't think about swimming in it though; apparently it stays at around 40 degrees F. However, there is swimming in a nearby lake.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Came here in the midst of California's drought, and let me tell you, you would have no idea we were in the middle of a 4 year drought by looking at the falls! They were flowing in full force! Can't even imagine how beautiful they'll be this summer when all the snow melts! p.s. the falls pictured are definitely Burney Falls, contrary to an earlier review.

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

It may be cold but it's well worth the dip! Beautiful spot. Cool fact - it's fed from volcanic springs.

over 2 years ago
over 2 years ago

Lisa Bao

Photographer based out of San Francisco, CA. Focusing on travel and landscapes, my aim is to inspire others to get outside and connect with their own adventures.

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