McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park
Burney Falls is neither the highest nor the largest waterfall in the state, but many people consider it the most beautiful. Unlike other waterfalls in this area, Burney Falls continues to flow at the same rate all year long.
Located off Hwy 89 just 6 miles North of Hwy 299 E. The Park includes a developed campground, and two miles of frontage on Lake Britton. Visitors can enjoy hiking, swimming, fishing, and boating.
For more information call (530) 335-2777 or go to the McArthur-Burney Falls State Park website.
The Intermountain Area offers many varieties of fishing. There are several cold lakes or mountain steams for bass and trout, or warmer waters for catfish and crappie. Two wild trout steams, Hat Creek and Fall River, offer trophy trout to the dedicated fly fisherman or those fishing with artificial lures. Area fishing maps. Check California Fishing Regulations.
The deer population is abundant in the foothills and mountains surrounding the Intermountain Area, with mule and black-tail deer ranging throughout the entire area, great upland bird and waterfowl hunting is also available. Check California Hunting Regulations.
Kayaks, canoes, and ski boats are all welcome on Lake Britton. Boaters will find good conditions on Lake Britton and swimmers can take advantage of the swim beach. Lake Britton provides an opportunity to catch warm-water fish; Large & Small Mouth Bass, Black Crappie, Bluegill, Common Carp, Black Bullhead, and Channel Catfish. Rentals of canoes, paddle boats, fishing boats, and kayaks are available at Lake Britton. Kayak rentals, canoes, guided trips, and certified kayak instruction are also available through Eagle Eyes Kayak. Take the Burney Creek or Rim Trail from Lake Britton and connect to the Falls Loop Trail to cool off in the mist of Burney Falls, or cut off onto the Pacific Crest Trail.
Baum Lake is renowned for trout fishing. Species of fish at Baum Lake include rainbow, brown and brook trout. The lake is open to fishing year round. Kayakers will enjoy the smooth water of the lake as well as the wildlife viewing. Eagles, osprey, pelicans, and black tail deer are regular inhabitants. The Pacific Crest Trail also passes along the edge of Baum Lake heading north towards Burney Falls.
Crystal Lake & the Crystal Lake Fish Hatchery
Crystal Lake & the Crystal Lake Fish Hatchery are located off Baum Lake Rd. Take 299E from Burney 7 miles to Cassel Road and head south 2 miles to Baum Lake Road then continue for 1.1 miles. Crystal Lake is off to the left, and the fish hatchery will be directly in front of you. Fish species reared include Rainbow Trout, Eagle Lake Trout, Brown Trout, and Eastern Brook Trout. A picnic area is available to visitors at the hatchery and self-guided tours are encouraged during business hours. The hatchery plants approximately 2,500,000 catch-able size and fingerling fish on a year round basis. Crystal Lake Fish Hatchery
Networks of old logging roads, which have single-track trails branching off in many directions, link the area. Fall River Century Ride every summer offers 25 mile rides for beginners plus 100 mile and 100 and 200k rides. For more info go to the Fall River Century website.
Make sure to check out the Great Shasta Rail Trail that will eventually stretch 80 miles from Burney to McCloud. We currently have 37 miles of trail open for non-motorized use.
Pacific Crest Trail
Spattercone Trail is a 1.5 mile loop trail to the origin of the Hat Creek Lava Flow, an area with many spattercones and associated volcanic features. The trail is located south of Old Station across from Hat Camp. A parking lot and restrooms are available.
Great Shasta Rail Trail
Whether your an avid mountain biker, a hard core hiker, horseman/woman, or just want to stretch your legs through our beautiful forest from Burney to the Burney Falls, Lake Britton or beyond, the Great Shasta Rail Trail its a journey worth checking out! The Great Shasta Rail Trail, at full build-out, will link the California towns of McCloud and Burney and nearby recreation areas along an 80-mile scenic trail featuring local heritage and culture, close connections to nature, and boosting the economic and social vitality of local communities. Trail Map
Subway Cave Trail
Subway Cave is a lava tube formed during volcanic events just 20,000 years ago. The Hat Creek flow was discharged in large volumes from a series of north-south fissures (cracks in the earth). This river of lava located near the town of Old Station, crawled northward 16 miles, covering the floor of Hat Creek Valley. The Subway Cave Trail is located 1/4 mile north of the junction of Highway 44 & 89 across from Cave Campground. Total trail length is 1/3 mile. The cave provides over 1000 accessible feet to explore (bring a jacket and flashlight). Open from late May through October. Learn more at Subway Cave.
This is an ideal activity for family, friends, businesses, social, and church groups. Enjoy the thrill of Class 1 & Class 2 whitewater rafting and the beautiful scenery. Suitable for all ages. Eagle Eyes Kayak offers trips on the Pit River. Kayak rentals, canoes, guided trips, and certified kayak instruction are also available through Eagle Eyes Kayak.
Hat Creek Observatory
Three universities maintain this facility: Berkley, Illinois and Maryland. Radio telescopes gather information relating to the planets, comets, sun, stars, distant galaxies, and black holes. Self-guided tours are welcome Monday – Friday, between 9 am – 3 pm. Guided tours for large groups should be scheduled and include a short film, lecture and question/answer period. Call (530) 335-2364 to schedule a tour. For more information go to the Hat Creek Observatory. From Highway 89 (watch for sign Hat Creek Observatory) turn onto Doty Road Loop, follow along until you see a sign “Hat Creek Radio Observatory”, turn onto Bidwell Road, follow 1.8 miles to the entrance gate (black double gates), turn right into the observatory and continue straight 7/10’s mile to the Main Office.
Packway Folk Sculptures
Located less than two miles from the intersection of Highways 299 and 89, Packway Sculptures is a very unique art display. Two brothers who run a local construction company built the sculptures at Packway which are made of various construction supplies and other unusual materials. Take Hwy 299E 4.3 miles from the intersections of Hwy 299E & Hwy 89, turn right onto Cassel Road. Then head south 2.1 miles. The sculptures are on the right side of the road in front of Packway Materials, Inc.
Hat Creek Rim Overlook
The Hat Creek Rim is a fault where the earth’s crust has been shifted vertically along fissures, crevices, and fractures caused by powerful subterranean forces. Still “alive and cracking” today, the floor of Hat Creek Valley is over 900 feet below the top of the rim. However, on million years ago the rim and the valley were at the same elevation. More information.
Panoramic Vista Point
A short, paved photo trail offers dramatic views of Lassen Peak and Chaos Crags. A relatively small volcanic eruption occurred at Lassen Peak between 1914 and 1917. About 1,100 years ago, the most recent large eruption created Chaos Crags. Such large eruptions in the Lassen area have an average recurrence interval of about 10,000 years. The nearby Deer Hollow Trail takes you through a tree plantation, and describes how people and the forces of nature brought back timer, where a fire once ravaged the land. Located 5 miles south of Old Station. A picnic area and vault toilet are available. Open year round.
The park’s northeast entrance at Manzanita Lake is located approximately an hour’s drive from the Burney. The park contains 150 miles of foot trails and over 50 back country lakes and streams. The Manzanita Lake and southwest entrances provide access to areas for ski touring, snow play and snowshoeing. The Lassen Park Road is closed between the southwest entrance and Manzanita Lake from late October to late May. Admission is charged, senior and annual discounts available. For more information go to the Lassen National Volcanic Park & Visitors Center website.
Fall River Valley Golf and Country Club
A superb 18 hole, 4 1/2 star, championship golf course in Fall River Valley. Facilities include an informal restaurant, clubhouse, pro-shop, practice driving range and putting green. Open from March through November, the course is extremely popular and it is wise to reserve tee times two weeks in advance. For more information call (530) 335-5555 or go to the Fall River Valley Golf & Country Club website.
Fort Crook Museum
The contents of the museum’s four-building complex tell the story of the Indians and early settlers of this area. Included here are six completely furnished rooms of antique furniture, a blacksmith’s shop, the old Fall River jail, and a room containing early farm implements. For more information and a schedule of events, go to the Fort Crook Museum website.
The Ahjumawi Lava Springs State Park
Located approximately four miles west of Rat Farm Road, this park encompasses over 6,000 acres, 2,000 of which are covered by recent lava flows. The word “ahjumawi” means “where the water comes together” translated from the areas Pit River Indian dialect. The waters, in this case, are referring to the Tule Rivers, Big Lake, Ja She Creek, Lava Creek and Fall River. They form one of the largest systems of fresh water springs in the world. Because of this, the park can only be reached by boat and primitive camping is available at environmental campsites. For more information go to the The Ahjumawi Lava Springs State Park website.
Burney Mountain, an extinct volcano at 7,863 feet, is one of the most beautiful mountain peaks in Northern California. At the summit there is a fire lookout tower that helps spot wild fires during the summer months. It was built in 1934, and rebuilt in 1960. It is still in use to this day. The 4×4 road to the top of the peak is accessible from Hwy 299E. There are great views of Mt. Shasta and Lassen Peak on the top. Map
Volcanic Legacy Byway
Volcanic Legacy Byway is a 500 mile journey from volcano to volcano. You will find opportunities for adventure, exploration, communion with nature, and an appreciation for the culture and history of the region. Along the Byway you will see fantastic sites – the slopes of Mount Shasta jutting above the valley floor to the summit at 14,162 feet, curtains of water showering over basalt cliffs at McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park, and lands riddled with remains of underground magma conduits at Lava Beds National Monument. Make sure to check out the driving tour of the Volcanic Scenic Byway. Whether you’re taking a break from the interstate or planning to explore in depth, the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway offers plenty of adventure on your journey.
Beginning and ending in Burney, Dana Loop is 60 miles. Driving east of Highway 299 will take you across beautiful Hat Creek and the Pit River. As you climb up the rim of Pit River Canyon you can see the Pit One Powerhouse off to the right. At the top of the rim you’ll find a vista with a paved pull-out parking area, providing a great view of Pit River Falls and the old freight road from Redding to Alturas. Two miles further and you will arrive at the outskirts of Fall River Mills and the Fall River Valley Golf Course, a championship caliber course. Next on your left is the Fort Crook Museum.
A stop here is a must to learn about the history of this beautiful valley. Highway A-20 (Glenburn Road) goes north from Highway 299 just before the museum. In a short distance you will see a concrete structure, which is the intake that sends Fall River several hundred feet down a canyon to drive the Pit One Powerhouse turbines seen earlier. Five miles further, the road takes a little jog to the right and joins McArthur Road (Highway A-19) and then turns north again towards Dana. At this junction stands the 100 year old Glenburn Community Church, still in use today.
Traveling north, you can drive 4 miles to Spinner Falls Lodge/Restaurant to enjoy dinner or a cocktail by beautiful Eastman Lake or Upper Fall River. Just a few miles further, as you are entering Dana, you will pass the old Fall River School off to the right. The bell tower still tops the roof line. Several miles further is the junction of Highway 89. Turn left and proceed south about 10 miles and you will cross over Lake Britton. The McCloud River Railroad trestle on the left side is the location of the famous locomotive scene in the filming Stand By Me. The next must see is just a few miles further on the right. McArthur Burney Falls State Park offers both photo opportunites and a chance to stretch your legs. Hiking trails – 30 minutes to 3 hours long – will lead you to many enchanting sights including Burney Falls and Lake Britton’s shoreline.
Explore on Your Own
Snowshoe routes are available at the south entrance of Lassen Park. Be sure to bring your own snowshoes. You may rent snowshoes before arriving at the park at sports stores in Redding. The park does not rent snowshoes or other winter equipment.
Ranger-led Snowshoe Walks
If you are new to snowshoeing, consider joining a ranger-led snowshoe walk. Snowshoes are available for participants with a suggested $1 donation. If you are part of an organized group planning on attending a ranger-led snowshoe walk program, you must schedule one in advance. Please call 530-595-6133 or 6132. For those more familiar with snowshoeing, opportunities abound at both the north and south entrances. Be sure to bring your own snowshoes if you’d like to explore on your own! Read about suggested ski and snowshoe routes below or in the winter newspaper. For more information on ranger-led snowshoe walks click here.
Winter Ecology Snowshoe Program for School Groups (Grades 3 – 8)
As part of Lassen Volcanic National Park’s Education Program the park is offering Ranger-led snowshoe walks and winter ecology programs for school groups. Programs are by reservation only. Please visit our Field Trips page for more information.
Ski and Snowshoe Routes
A variety of routes are available from the south park entrance. View more information about winter routes in the park newspaper. View the maps for route locations.
Eskimo Hill is located just 13 miles south of Old Station on state route 89/44. The park is open dawn to dusk December through March. Parking and vault toilets are available. Current information
Ashpan is the only managed and groomed snowmobile area on the Hat Creek Ranger District. Located 10 miles south of the junction of state routes 89 and 44 near Old Station, California. Parking and vault toilets are available. Current information
Activities In The Town Of Burney
Make sure to check out our CALENDAR OF EVENTS for local fun throughout the year.
Raymond Berry Community Swimming Pool
A junior Olympic size pool, heated therapy pool, wading pool and a picnic area with BBQ’s. The pool is located at 37461 Bailey Avenue in Burney and is open Memorial Day through Labor Day. For more information call (530) 335-2277.
Mt. Burney Theatre
Located on the West end of Main Street, the Mt. Burney Theatre was built in 1940 and has been providing entertainment to the area continuously. Newly renovated, the theatre has digital projection and sound systems, new seats, a new heating and air conditioning system, and first run movies! For more information go to the Mt. Burney Theatre website.
Located on the East end of Main Street, ten lanes with automatic scoring, black lighting available, and a bumper system for kids. Cafe and bar are open.
A choice of fitness centers complete with the latest exercise equipment. All are located on Main St in Burney and one in the McArthur area. Rising Sun Fit Club – Burney
Shasta County Library
37038 Siskiyou Street. Burney summer film festival (June thru August), summer reading program for kids (June & July), computers available for public use, local history, and on-line book sales. For more information check our website Shasta County Library – Burney. Learn about the Friends of the Intermountain Libraries who help support the Burney Library.
The Intermountain area of Eastern Shasta County is a photographers paradise. With waterfalls, white water rapids, vibrant fall colors, wild life, reflective mountain lakes, snow covered meadows, crystal clear water, panoramic views, any time of year is perfect for the avid photographer.
Located on McArthur Road approximately eight miles from Fall River Mills, The Glenburn Church, built in 1886, is still heated by a potbellied stove. The picturesque building, with Mt. Shasta and the Creighton flourmill in the background, has been the subject for many artists and photographers.
It is a remote and wild place where nature’s harsh extremes provide a gentle sanctuary for wildlife. Located in the heart of Big Valley, the Big Swamp is about 3,000 acres of natural wetlands created by the seasonal flows of at least six streams.
Just an Hour Away
Turtle Bay Exploration Park
Take Hwy 299 East to Interstate 5, go South to Hwy 299 West to Auditorium Drive. Turn right to Turtle Bay Exploration Park. Turtle Bay tells the story of California’s Northern State Region and its people through wildlife exhibits, gardens, and trails.
There is a 34,000 square foot museum, and a spectacular pedestrian “Sundial” bridge across the Sacramento River. For more info go to the Turtle Bay Exploration Park website.
Commercially operated, open-year round for guided tours of limestone caves above Lake Shasta. For more info: call 1-800-795-2283 or go to the Shasta Caverns website.