Burney Falls

Location

California
United States
41° 0' 43.524" N, 121° 39' 7.2" W
US
General info: 

When Teddy Roosevelt saw the Burney Falls, he described them as the “eighth wonder of the world”. If not the eight wonder, they still are impressive falls with an almost constant flow of 100 million gallons a day, even during dry summer months.

The roaring water comes from an underground spring above the 129-foot falls. The region is volcanic and that is the secret behind the constant water flow. The layered, porous basalt created over a million years ago, retains rainwater and snow melt, which forms a large underground reservoir where the water originates from.

Getting there: 

The falls are located northeast of Redding, 6 miles north of Highway 299 on Highway 89 near Burney. There are parking lots near the falls and you can actually see the falls right from one of them. A short hike from the parking lot takes you to the falls.

It is possible to reserve campsites or cabins near the falls.

Costs: 

Parking fee $8 per car.

Interesting places nearby

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Hyperion is the world's tallest known living tree. It was discovered in 2006, by naturalists Chris Atkins and Michael Taylor and was measured at 379.3 feet (115.61 m).

The General Sherman is the largest tree in the world. It is not the tallest, oldest or widest but it is the largest tree by volume.

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The aptly named Half Dome is possibly Yosemite's most familiar rock formation. The granite crest rises more than 4,737 ft (1,444 m) above the valley floor and the drop from the top is nearly vertical.

When Teddy Roosevelt saw the Burney Falls, he described them as the “eighth wonder of the world”.