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Address: Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Big Sur, CA
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VERY SCENIC - WORTH THE STOP

We were glad we stopped and took the short walk along the trail to see the falls. They are more of a spurt than a waterfall but the beach is very pretty. There was no access... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We were glad we stopped and took the short walk along the trail to see the falls. They are more of a spurt than a waterfall but the beach is very pretty. There was no access down to the beach but the trail that loops around the cliff give some nice vantage point of the falls, the sea and the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Yes the scenery by the falls is beautiful and I really like the pic. But this is a leak not a falls. It's still worth the stop and if we'd seen seals and whales ...wow .....we didn't. I live 1 1/2 hrs from the great falls (Niagara Falls) so I must be spoiled!!!!

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

magnificent view. waterfall meeting the beach. at the end of this trail, there is a chair, where you can relax and just enjoy the view. Come early because parking is hard to find and it gets crowded on late mornings.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Lovely place great beach views and if you have time, fallow the river creek do it is worth it amazing forest and trail paths. If you like hiking you can easily spend a good half day exploring the beauty of nature.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

We stopped on the roadside and followed the easy path to view the falls. It didn't disappoint! Off in the distance we could see whales so we took the same trail but to the south and watched a group of whales, seals and birds in action.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Beautiful setting and an easy walk out to see. Well worth a stop on your way on the Pacific Coast Highway.

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Very glad we stopped to see these falls. The short hike from the highway is very easy and there are several vantage points along the path to stop for photos. It was a bit crowded when we visited (of course in August) and you can't walk along the pristine beach as there is no public access, but this little scenic... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

This place is beautiful, especially if you can find some parts closed off to tourists near the trees at the camping site. Spectacular!

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

No access to the beach when we were there. Felt a bit like a tourist trap. Herds of people to watch this little waterfal; (but let s b honest: if you travel in July/August in California it's herds of people everywhere).

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

So glad we stopped here. Absolutely beautiful view! I believe the trail was a 1/4 or less and very easy to walk. If you go all the way to the end of the trail the view is just as good as the view of the falls! The state park has a fee of 10.00 for parking. If you can park... More 

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