Main Trails at Burney Falls Close for Massive Trail Renovation

The expected closure of the main trails to Burney Falls at McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park has officially begun, with crews beginning to move into the area to complete a massive trail renovation.

The $835,000 trail renovation project, which began April 1st, will see the popular Falls Loop Trail and Burney Creek Trail shut down through the summer and likely into the fall season. The closures aim to address the wear and tear on these trails and slopes from heavy foot traffic to the falls and pool areas.

The park’s campgrounds, including the Rim and Pioneer campgrounds, as well as the Burney Falls General Store, Marina, Visitor Center, and various day-use areas, will remain open. Additional trails such as the Rim Trail, PSEA Trail, Headwaters Trail, and Pioneer Cemetery Trail will also stay accessible for hikers seeking alternative routes within the park. The Fisherman’s Bridge will continue to offer access to park areas, including the Pacific Crest Trail and Headwaters Equestrian Camp, but only from the Falls Overlook.

However, those planning a visit should note the concurrent Caltrans Highway 89 rehabilitation project, which is expected to cause significant traffic congestion, delays, and possible closures near the park’s entrance. This adds an extra layer of planning for visitors aiming to explore the park’s offerings beyond the waterfall and pool area.

Here’s a quick breakdown of what will be closed and what will stay open:

What’s closed?

  • Falls Loop Trail
  • Burney Creek Trail
  • Visitors will have no access to the waterfall or fall’s pool area with limited views from the viewing area at the top of the falls.

What’s open?

  • The remainder of the park will be open for visitors including the Rim and Pioneer campgrounds, Burney Falls General Store, Marina, Visitor Center, and day-use areas.
  • The Rim Trail, PSEA Trail, Headwaters Trail and Pioneer Cemetery Trail will remain open for visitors.
  • The Fisherman’s Bridge will remain open to provide access to and from park via the Pacific Crest Trail, Headwaters Trail Loop, and Headwaters Equestrian Camp only from the Falls Overlook.

For ongoing updates and more detailed information on park accessibility, the McArthur Burney Falls Memorial State Parks website will provide the latest news and advisories for visitors.

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