An Autumn visit to magic Burney Falls finds solitude

Waterfalls are magical, always. Ask any keen traveller and fan of nature and they will probably tell you that Iceland goes down as the best place to visit to witness stunning waterfalls, which is understandable when you consider it is home to both Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. If you have never heard of them, take a moment to find some pictures online. You won’t regret it, as they are simply incredible. The best time to visit Iceland to witness these natural wonders is September – particularly if you want to see the Northern Lights as well (find out more on But, despite Iceland’s famed waterfalls, we have somewhere local which is just as much a must-see.

Nearby Burney Falls has no equal as the most magical of all local waterfalls. Water springs forth from the earth itself, only to fall to mist from a beautiful basalt cliff. With Summer’s tourist season over, but before new snow falls, you can enjoy the pristine magic of Burney Falls State Park almost to yourself.
BurneyFalls1280Click to expand. Certainly, one of the most photographed of local landmarks. It’s only just about an hours drive from Redding. So in some way the familiarity makes it easy to forget. But the magic beckons.
BurneyFallsA1280A few hundred yards upstream, the creekbed is dry at the surface. This water gushes from a lavabed aquifer to an azure pool 129 feet beneath. And then it goes on to fill Lake Britton.

LakeBritton3-1280Fall. Magic. Solitude. It’s Really Redding.

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