Burney Falls, near Redding CA
Burney Falls State Park within a hour of Redding. Standing 129 feet in height, yet the measurement alone does not do it justice as you can see.
Burney Falls located in McArthur Burney Falls State Park is not the highest or largest waterfall in the state, but many people consider it the most beautiful. Unlike other waterfalls here or elsewhere, it continues to flow at the same rate all year long: about 100 million gallons every day. The strikingly clear, pure water flows from openings in the volcanic rock at and above the falls. The water temperature, even on hot summer days, is about 42 degrees Fahrenheit.
The 129-foot-high waterfall cascades into an almost iridescent pool underneath. Light penetrates deep into the clear water, reflecting a cool blue color. The strikingly clear, pure water comes from openings in the volcanic rock at and above the falls. At the foot of the falls it is like a rain forest: cool and laced with mist. A walking trail leads from the foot of the falls down to Lake Britton where there is a marina, boat ramp and swimming beach.
Former President Teddy Roosevelt considered Burney Falls the 8th wonder of the world.