The park is within the Cascade Range and Modoc Plateau natural region, with forest and five miles of streamside and lake shoreline, including a portion of Lake Britton.
The park's centerpiece is the 129-foot Burney Falls, which is not the highest or largest waterfall in the state, but possibly the most beautiful. Additional water comes from springs, joining to create a mist-filled basin. Burney Creek originates from the park's underground springs and flows to Lake Britton, getting larger along the way to the majestic falls.
The park's landscape was created by volcanic activity as well as erosion from weather and streams. This volcanic region is surrounded by mountain peaks and is covered by black volcanic rock, or basalt. Created over a million years ago, the layered, porous basalt retains rainwater and snow melt, which forms a large underground reservoir.
Within the park, the water emerges as springs at and above Burney Falls, where it flows at 100 million gallons every day.
Burney Falls was named after pioneer settler Samuel Burney who lived in the area in the 1850s. The McArthurs were pioneer settlers who arrived in the late 1800s. Descendants were responsible for saving the waterfall and nearby land from development. They bought the property and gave it to the state as a gift in the 1920s.(qoute )
During the years we hiked and visited many waterfalls ,mostly in the summer and I can surly say that this one is in the top 3.
The flow, the width and roaring of this fall is outstanding ,we hiked to the bottom and took the loop trail around the falls and at any angle it looked just fantastic, the vegetation around the falls only added to the whole picture.
The water was ice cold and after 2 minutes my feet got num from the cold water and it was hard to feel the end of my fingers….
We could sit listen and look at this fenomina for hours but the stomach was ready for our picnic near the lake that has a boat lunch,beach , picnic tables and suprisely with only few people around.
On the way “home” very close to our C.G we noticed a sighn saying “Bar-Cold beers”, so we enterd the place had a few cold ones, made new friends and attended a pool competition, I got to the semi finals and that was the end of another great day.
Nothing is better than to do what you want,when you want….