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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

State Route 1, Milepost 37 south (52.7 north), Big Sur, CA 93920
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Ranked #2 of 15 attractions in Big Sur
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks, Beaches
Activities: Hiking
Description: A breathtaking 80-foot waterfall dropping from the cliffs to the ocean is the focal point of this park.
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Fremont, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

This is a "must see" for Big Sur travel. The waterfall view is iconic. Had a great time hiking the trails.

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Atlanta
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33 reviews 33 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Easy drive from Monterey, with views of the coastline and the many bridges along the way. Short walk from the parking lot to the waterfall and the remains of the house. It is well worth the time to see this.

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Houston, Texas
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79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

This is a great place to stretch. The road along the pacific coast is beautiful but long so take some breaks along the way. My kids were amazed and we spent a good bit of time just watching.

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Fontana, California
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57 reviews 57 reviews
52 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

About 80 miles north of Moro Bay, Ca on Highway 1, is a small little park with the biggest waterfall you will see along the Pacific Coast. A very easy hike of less than a 1/4 mile gets you to see this beautiful waterfall that empties into the Pacific Ocean! After years of below normal rainfall, this waterfall is still... More

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Tucson AZ
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Beautiful, stop and go trip up PCH 1! Let Nature sweep you away. Still smiling from all the flowers, crashing waves, and blus skies.

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Rutherford, New Jersey
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49 reviews 49 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

The view is breathtaking. The history of the park is interesting. There was a self-payment box when I visited. It was a nominal fee. It was certainly worth the experience of Big Sur.

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Santa Monica
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Went to the park specifically for the Ewoldsen loop, 4 miles, with beautiful ocean views from the top. Also, the McWay waterfall is very well worth the short walk from the parking lot.

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New York City, New York
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014 via mobile

This is the all time perfect place to stop and stretch your legs while driving up the coast. It's about a 10 minute easy walk to what must be the most gorgeous little cove on the western seaboard. The waterfall is really something special It gets a bit crowded so don't expect solidarity, especially on the weekends. There is a... More

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San Francisco, California
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

On a very crowded summer Saturday, we drove here to see the McWay Waterfalls. What is even more splendid than the falls are the magnificent views of the California Coast, the landscape and the Pacific Ocean. Be sure to hike/walk to the end of the trail and read the historic summaries of the house that once occupied the land, it's... More

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Wheelersburg, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Easy to park and take a look. Right off highway 1, you can get some beautiful views. The waterfall and ocean are neat to see! Well worth the stop when in the area!

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