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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 #1 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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Camarillo, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

This is what California is all about. Make sure to ready about the history of the homestead and women behind it. Super easy to get to from HWY 1. 10 minute easy walk. Ton's of poison oak so don't go off the trail.

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Seattle, Washington
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

Note : I did not trek down to the waterfall My wife and I visited the McWay falls after reading in several places that it was a must visit in Big Sur. The pictures are better than what I actually saw there. It was a tiny waterfall that landed on a beach shore. I thought that I would jublown away... More

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Paris, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Alright folks, driving along Highway 1 offers an ample number of scenic spots, but this one is among the best. It is right off the road, a short 5-6 minute walk. This is just a small part of the park, since there is a tunnel under the highway to get to the majority of the park.

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Arlington, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Beautiful and a must for the hiker. The waterfall is just below the edge of the highway....maybe 300 yards to walk even for the non-hiker type. Park itself is full of beautiful views.

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

We stopped here on the way to Los Angeles off highway 1 and it's really worth going. The views are amazing and it's great for hiking as well.

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Copperopolis, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

A must stop on the way down the coast just south of Big Sur. Worth the 3 hour drive from San Francisco. So peaceful all the way down. A little congested in carmel, but it always that way.

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Hyderabad, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

After a visit to the Bixby bridge , our next stop was the state park . After a walk for a short distance from the car park, we saw the scenic overlook falls which is an added attraction of the pace. Its amazing to see the falls , as the water across the rocks falls in to the Ocean and... More

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Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Really loved this park and the views you see here. The history of the naming of the park is interesting and seeing the coastline in this area is just breathtaking. There is an area that juts out on the less traveled side where you can sit peacefully and take in that view and sound. Great place to visit!

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Fremont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

We have gone to Big Sur area multiple times. If we are staying in Monterey or Carmel area we often like to take a day drive to the Big Sur area. We like to end the day drive at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Its about the "right" amount to say one has seen and experienced Big Sur area. We... More

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Albany, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

We chose a perfect August Sunday to drive Route 1 south from Carmel. After a relaxing lunch at Nepenthe, we drove to Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. We brought our handicap parking hangtag, allowing us to immediately get a prime parking spot, and take the easy walk to the spectacular waterfall overlook trail. At three in the afternoon this trail... More

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