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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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Long Beach, California
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35 reviews 35 reviews
27 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

The park is actually quite small, only about 14 acres, with limited hiking trails, but those trails are spectacular. The park surrounds McWay Creek and its canyon. Two scenic trails focus on the creek canyon. The Waterfall Trail is only 1/3 of a mile, and leads from the parking lot to a ledge overlooking a beach and cove below, and... More

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Santa Barbara
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

While most reviews are about the overlook of the beach waterfall, which is indeed spectacular, most of the Julian Pfeiffer Burns State Park is on the inland side of Hwy 1. The Ewoldsen loop trail, about 6-7 miles I think if you do the whole thing, is a moderately difficult loop hike for more experienced hikers. It is one of... More

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Sacramento, California
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

It's a very picturesque location. The photos will be lovely. You may have to wait in a long line to park inside the park, but luckily, if you decide to park alongside the road instead, it's not that long of a walk from the road to get to the good stuff inside the park. If you're driving along PCH and... More

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Corpus Christi, Texas
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

One of the most beautiful places on the shoreline in Big Sur. Short walk is easy for most and worth the amazing vista views.

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Seattle, Washington
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

The Big Sur area is renowned for the breathtaking views of the Pacific that it offers. If you have just a day to drive the SFO to Big Sur part of Highway 1, make sure you make time to visit this state park. There are two ways of getting to the popular McWay falls. One option is to park on... More

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Palo Alto, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Definitely a cool stop if you're doing Big Sur. Two very simple walks to 1) beautiful redwoods at one end and 2) McWay Falls and a great lookout at the other. Didn't spend much time exploring the rest of the park, but definitely worth the visit.

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New York City, New York
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85 reviews 85 reviews
39 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We are 50+ and had some reservations about hiking. But this did not require real hiking at all to see the waterfalls. (which were picture perfect) Highly recommend even if only to see the falls. Easy 15 minutes but so lovely.

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huntingtinton beach
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24 reviews 24 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Cash only $10 entrance to small parking lot - was not able to get in on Sunday but came back on Monday at noon and were almost not able to get in. Amazingly lovely beach. Huge rocks, forest trails, soft beach and hills. Dog friendly.

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Tucson
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83 reviews 83 reviews
22 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

This is a great stop to get refreshed with an hours hike to overlook the ocean and take in a little bit of the early history of Big Sur. Fun to walk into the park, go through the tunnel and the to the overlook. Then come back and climb up the west side to the highway to your car.

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Santa Barbara, California
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6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We were racing along the highway on our way back to Santa Barbara when we stopped to have a quick look at the falls. First of all, try not to rush while you are driving in this area. There is plenty to do and I imagine there are lots of nice hikes in this park, as well. But, even if... More

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