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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 14 attractions in Big Sur
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Maryland
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42 reviews 42 reviews
33 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Stopped mainly to see the waterfall, because we were short on time and trying to get to Santa Barbara before nightfall. Well, the waterfall did not disappoint. Absolutely beautiful! And, we didn’t have to trek to Hawaii to see it. The alcove made it picture perfect. It’s relatively easy and quick to reach for those who are fit. The restrooms... More

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

Short and medium day hikes are available. At the time of my visit there were a lot of renovations and one trail was closed so call ahead and check.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

I loved Julia Pfeiffer park. It was so beautiful and an easy walk to the waterfall. We even saw whales! The view is really amazing and the waterfall was flowing when we walked out to the look out.

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Newport Beach, CA
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81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

If you are in Big Sur, you have to stop and take a look at this breathtakingly beautiful park. The views are heavenly and photos turned out really well.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

This is a beautiful place: turquoise waters, dramatic cliffs, and that famous waterfall. Worth the trip!

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

We were here just before Sunset. The view was amazing. The Mcway waterfall, the roaring ocean, and the sun setting in the distance, it was a photoghraphers delight.

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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

Had the best scenery that I have seen in all of california! worth every minute to drive there to witness this amazing place! Its hard to believe someone used to live here 60-70 odd years ago, wish it was me! Bring your camera and be amazed by the magnificent view!

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Taylor, Michigan, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

Loved it! Me and my husband took a hike in this park to one of the waterfalls it was so nice! Highly recommending going here!

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Toronto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

As we were heading to the park, our hotel concierge mentioned that every 2 minutes you will like to stop and take a picture. I thought he is exaggerating. Well.... he was not. It is a beautiful place. You may wish to drive at a slower speed and take in the scenery. Make sure that you bring your camera and... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

We visited just to see McWay falls. There was a nice little hike among the trees. We loved the hike but the waterfall seemed overrated. The hike had great views though.

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