Camping at McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park


Forget what I said about camping being too much work in my post covering the trip to Yosemite, with a decent amount of time it’s one of the best things you can do on a low budget! My friends and I went on a 3-day camping trip to McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park last weekend and had an amazing time cooking meals over the campfire, exploring off the beaten path and appreciating quality time together without distractions. The campsites we booked, 86 & 87, were perfect for a large group because the back of the campsite was just an open forest. We didn’t have to worry about the noise too much and I loved walking through the trees to watch the sky change colors during sunset.

Everyone took turns cooking a meal, I pre-cooked some of the ingredients for two types of pasta and stored them in a cooler with ice until Saturday night. It was easy putting the ingredients together in a foil pan and heating it over the campfire for about 40 minutes, it cooked to a cheesy perfection. I don’t know what it is but even the simplest meals tasted better when you’re gathered around a small picnic table with amazing company.

I really enjoyed the 3 days we spent at Burney Falls because it gave us enough time to explore through many of the surrounding areas and relax. My favorite part of the trip was hands-down the trail along the waterfall, Burney Falls. We took a short walk along the Falls Loop trail that started at the base of the waterfall and up north around the Rainbow Bridge to the top of the waterfall and then back down across another beautiful bridge. I’m glad I have some rebellious friends who thought it’d be a good idea to go off the beaten path to get closer to the water that led down the fall, it was a great idea indeed. The whirling pool of the most clear and cold water just before the drop was incredible and the ~10 degree drop in temperature near the water made it a perfect spot on a hot afternoon.

On our last day, we took a brisk walk through the Pioneer Cemetery trail near our campsite and discovered a small graveyard with tombstones dating over a hundred years back! Unlike what you’d normally think about cemeteries, it was a pleasant feeling being there and reading the snippets about the lives of others who lived nearby.

Overall, camping near Burney Falls was a perfect experience to welcome Autumn as the leaves began changing colors and the weather during the day was warm but mild. As an October baby, I love the cooler half of the year and I can’t deny that Autumn is my favorite season.

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