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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

Address: State Route 1, Milepost 37 south (52.7 north), Big Sur, CA 93920
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Ranked #2 of 25 things to do in Big Sur
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks, Beaches, Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: A breathtaking 80-foot waterfall dropping from the cliffs to the ocean is the focal point of this...
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Type: State Parks, Beaches, Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: A breathtaking 80-foot waterfall dropping from the cliffs to the ocean is the focal point of this park.
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Marina, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

This has to be one of them most breathtaking spots on the west coast. The view of the falls is just beautiful!

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Wellingborough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

This is not the first time me and my family have visited Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and the McWay Falls which is testimony in itself as to how beautiful it is. Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park is located 12 miles south of Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park on California's Pacific Coast Highway 1. A main feature of the park... More 

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Long Island City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

That little waterfall was the high point of my trip. Knowing the fact that this little beach can disappear any moment because of a land slide made it even more precious for me.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

I believe overuse of ranking is not working here. There is no use to argue whether Bixby Bridge area, Pfeiffer Beach, or McWay Falls at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park should rank first. Of course, you should go to all if time permits and for me, driving south on highway 1 and stopping at various point is the real treat.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

A small but beautiful roadside park off Hwy i.I think some folks miss the falls,go thru the tunnel under Hwy 1,follow the trail to the right and check out the beautiful pacific ocean and McWay falls.The waterfall is seen on many postcards,beautiful.The whale calves swim in close by,in season,to escape the Orca!s (killer whales)that wait in packs for them a... More 

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Sunnyvale, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Lovely walk, Gorgeous view! OMG the color of the water! Also a nice trail in the Redwoods. Not to be missed!!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Just too a brief stop and wandered around the area. No way we were going to hike, we did not have the time. It was one of the many breif stops we took on the coastal highway, usually for photo stops.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

This is a stunning park. If you hike one way, you see McWay waterfall coming down on a beautiful beach. The view of the beach and coastline from the overlook is breath taking. This is such a good stop. If you hike more into the park, you are met with an enchanting site of redwoods next to the creek. This... More 

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Mayville, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Short walk to the overlook. Breath taking views. Doesn't require much time and well worth it. One of my favorite stops between at Big Sur

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Eustis, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

to us, this is the iconic view of Big Sur. The walk from the parking lot is just that, a walk, not a hike. Parking is limited so it might get tough during a busy time. Breath-taking view.

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