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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

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Address: State Route 1, Milepost 37 south (52.7 north), Big Sur, CA 93920
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Activities: Hiking
Description: A breathtaking 80-foot waterfall dropping from the cliffs to the ocean is...
A breathtaking 80-foot waterfall dropping from the cliffs to the ocean is the focal point of this park.
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Sunset in the cove to see the falls

Stopped just before sunset to take pictures and shoot the iconic falls at sunset. Take your time and enjoy the view. It is wonderful.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Stopped just before sunset to take pictures and shoot the iconic falls at sunset. Take your time and enjoy the view. It is wonderful.

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Port Orchard, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

It's worth stopping here to see the McWay Falls and the old Pelton wheel. After you go down the short path to see the falls, keep going. You will come to the remains of an old homestead. (They had a view of the waterfall from their bedroom window!) You can also view the pelton wheel that was used to create... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Big Sur was a last minute side trip idea, so not wanting to waste the chance to see the best spots, I went to Trip Advisor and noted the 3 highest-rated attractions. This is definitely one of them. However, due to the limited parking and very narrow access road off the main road, there is no sign. We had to... More 

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

I've been living in California for about a decade now and have never taken out the time to explore some parts that are within a 2-3 hour drive so I decided that on my birthday, I want to visit Julia Pfeiffer Burns state park. My oh my! It was breathtaking. I love that there is no beach access. I believe... More 

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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

What I loved about the park is that the beautiful views of the falls and coast are very accessible to anyone who can walk the short, flat trail. It is very easy and the best views I've seen. Be sure to walk all the way to the end and read the history of the house that was there - and... More 

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Sanok, Poland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW via mobile

Wow! Wow! Wow! What an incredible site. To think someone actually lived on the mountain. This is a must stop. We parked in the State Park and paid $10 (cash or check only) but later found out we could of parked on the side of the road and walked to the viewing area. O well. It was worth it :)

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Santa Cruz, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Pfeiffer Burns State Park located on The Big Sur Area along Hwy one, If you come to California make this a must on your trip..Located about 25miles south of Carmel the road gets narrow and Windy but the views are spectacular ,make frequent stops to see this very beautiful streight of road, If your lucky it wont be fogged in....Wild... More 

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Modesto, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

Would have loved it more without kids. They found it boring-no easy beach access anywhere near. Quite a drive but definitely something to see once in a lifetime. I've seen it now-no desire to go back.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

We can't say enough about the scenery, vistas here. Have spare batteries and SD cards! Never enough pics.

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

very short walk to an historic former home site that overlooks the most beuatiful cove and waterfall. It is protected, so you can't hike down to the beach....probably why it is still so pristine!

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