Lava Beds National Monument preserves more than 700 caves, Native American rock art sites, historic battlefields and campsites, and high desert wilderness.
The park is within the Cascade Range and Modoc Plateau natural region, with forest and five miles of streamside and lake shoreline, including a portion of Lake Britton. The park is northeast of Redding, 6 miles north of Highway 299 on Highway 89 near Burney.
The park’s centerpiece is the 129-foot Burney Falls, which is not the highest or largest waterfall in the state, but possibly the most beautiful. Additional water comes from springs, joining to create a mist-filled basin. Burney Creek originates from the park’s underground springs and flows to Lake Britton, getting larger along the way to the majestic falls. Learn more on California’s Department of Parks and Recreation website and at burney-falls.com.