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Address: Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Big Sur, CA
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Park and take the hike.

Easy to get too, and you can get a great view from the Highway, it is still worth parking and taking the easy hike.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
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Montebello, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

Easy to get too, and you can get a great view from the Highway, it is still worth parking and taking the easy hike.

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Rock Hill, South Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

It’s a nice easy walk to the falls. You are quite a ways from it but more than the falls is the view of the ocean. It’s beautiful here and well worth the 15 minute stop.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

This was the last stop on our short tour of Route 1 vistas from San Jose. You can park your car along the road and take a short walk to see the Falls. We stayed for the sunset and it was a beautiful view to finish our trip. There was a hiking trail to explore the area. If we ever... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

The Forest Service has done a wonderful job making access to this gorgeous site possible for everyone to enjoy. As a person who hasn't always been able to walk far, I am always happy when good wheelchair access is available for pretty sites, not just for the less worthy views. There are also more trails for those who want to... More 

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Richmond, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

You can park on the road and avoid $10 park fee. This place is worth stopping for. There's hikes inland, but didn't try them.

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Cypress, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Stop on side of road to take a short walk around to view falls and beautiful pacific coast!!.... No entrance fee and worth the time for a great picture

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Atlanta, Georgia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Not as spectacular as I expected. Waited to park, and then found others just parking on the side of the road and taking a back way to the falls. However, a good stop if with small children or older people as the walk in is not long.

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Topeka, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

You just can't drive through Big Sur and not stop to take endless photos of this waterfall flowing directly into the Pacific. Thank goodness it is protected turf and humans can't invade, therefore it stays beautiful. I stop every single time I go through Big Sur.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

While you cant get to the beach, the easy walk takes you to some of the most spectacular scenery on the coast between SF and LA. Not to be missed.

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Nashville, TN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

If you have time for only one stop on the Big Sur coast, this is the one. McWay Falls is spectacular! We stopped on a busy weekend. Both the pay parking lot and the street parking along the highway were busy with cars coming and leaving. Once parked, we walked the trail which provided a constantly changing view of the... More 

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Address: Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Big Sur, CA
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Big Sur

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