Photograph Burney Falls


Added by TJ Orton

Burney Falls is an easy 0.3 mile hike. The cost is $8 per vehicle to enter the park and there are campsites available.

The Burney Falls centerpiece is a 129-foot drop to a deep pool of water down below. It's not the highest or largest waterfall in the state, but it's certainly one of the most beautiful.

The falls are located northeast of Redding, CA, six miles north of Highway 299 on Highway 89 near Burney.

Burney Falls is within the McArthur-Burney Falls State Park. It will cost $8 per vehicle to enter the park, but you can also camp here. Once you've arrived, it's a very quick hike straight downhill to the base of the falls—0.3 miles and you're there. Hiking the loop around the falls will add on about a mile.

If you want to photograph Burney Falls up close, know that the spray coming off the falls is pretty intense—make sure you have a towel available to wipe off the lens between your shots. Best time to shoot is sunrise, sunset, and at night. For slow shutter shots you want less light so the falls aren't blown out. Also adding a polarized filter to your lens will help the pictures turn out better.

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Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Handicap Accessible
Picnic Area



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🥇Top Contributor

5 months ago

Cold water

Camped near here once and tried swimming to the falls. Water is very cold, but fun.


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5 months ago

Simply Spectacular

Burney Falls has to be the most visually interesting waterfall I've visited. It is truly a spectacular sight. The easy trail to the base of the falls allows wonderful access for photographing the full basin, but be mindful of the spray! You and your gear will get wet!

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9 months ago

Photograph hike and swim

This is such a popular spot for photographs, but you should also try swimming in the pool! The water is pretty cold, so be careful, but it's also pretty refreshing.

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9 months ago

Worth the stop!

Probably the shortest hike for the biggest payoff I have ever done. Beautiful waterfall from any angle!

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about 4 years ago

Coolest Waterfall!

Definitely one of the more unique waterfalls i've seen, If your in Northern California this is a must see!

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