Summer Closure of Burney Falls’ Main Trails Sparks Concerns and Curiosity Amid Critical $800,000 Reconstruction Project


The announcement by the California State Parks about the closure of the locally-called 8th Wonder of the World, Burney Falls, for the summer has raised many questions.

The $835,000 project is set to start on April 1, as long as weather cooperates. The critical reconstruction work will likely see the popular Falls Loop Trail and Burney Creek Trail shut down into the fall season. The necessary repairs are as a result of the wear and tear on these trails and slopes from heavy foot traffic to the falls and pool areas. Over 300,000 visitors are estimated to visit the park annually.

But the closures will not be affecting the entire park, and you can still go enjoy the area as 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.

You can learn more about the projects by visiting the CA state parks website.