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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
Phone Number: 8316672315
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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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Beautiful place

I am so glad we made it a definite must to go here. Loved it. We started out walking to the McWay Falls, access is from this park. You are able to walk along the perimeter to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Aurora, Illinois
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I am so glad we made it a definite must to go here. Loved it. We started out walking to the McWay Falls, access is from this park. You are able to walk along the perimeter to view the falls. Great views of the Pacific Ocean. We then hiked the park. It is a bit of a hike. Wear hiking... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Went on Canyon trail in this state park- described in one tour guide as very easy; it was a little challenging given some fallen logs - but nonetheless enjoyable. Also went on a flattish path and via a pedestrian tunnel under route I reached the Pacific side where below you can see the shoreline. The star on this side is... More 

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Thank Amerdav
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Be sure to stop... breathtaking view especially during the late day when the sunlight hits the falls.

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Thank matthew s
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202 reviews
145 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Anyone who doesn't give this park four or five stars needs to appreciate nature more!! How could you not be DEEPLY impressed with the magnificent turquoise Blue water around wonderful McWay Falls? Don't miss the majestic eucalyptus trees near the falls! And my Lord, take in the gorgeous mountains on the coast! You can see the falls/coast free if you... More 

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Thank Tigerman777
San Francisco, California
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52 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This wonderful day-use only California State Park is located south of the little town of Big Sur, and after many decades of visiting -- I am happy to say it still feels fresh and untrampled. This is such a fantastic thing to witness after seeing what has happened to Yosemite. Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park is a true gem! Take... More 

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Belmont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Many people come to Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park to see the falls. These are beautiful, and worth the trip, but the hiking in the park, especially on the Ewoldson Loop trail, is spectacular and not to be missed if you are in the Big Sur area. The hike involves some steep and moderately strenuous portions of trail, but includes... More 

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Thank jhh60
Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped her for a hike and it was super cool....there was some rock explosions going on one side of the park so we could not walk down to the water beach area...the rest of the park was amazing.

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1 Thank Mark B
Boise, ID
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of the most beautiful spots on the planet. Definitely worth a quick (or long) stop. We'll definitely be back.

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Thank thinkjeffthink
San Francisco
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The 1 is a several hundred mile highway with what seems a view point every 1/2 mile. You want to stop at every single one because, and I have driven over half the world, Highway 1 is the most beautiful stretch of pavement in the world with an unspoiled view everywhere you look. But since we don't all have months... More 

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Ventura County, USA
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181 reviews
72 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went here on New Year's Day. Got up to the Kiosk and were told the parking lot was full. I asked if we could pull up to the curb so I could use the restroom. While my daughter waited in the car, someone pulled out of a spot so she pulled right in. Perfect spot! Otherwise, park on the... More 

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