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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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Rutherford, New Jersey
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49 reviews 49 reviews
18 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

The view is breathtaking. The history of the park is interesting. There was a self-payment box when I visited. It was a nominal fee. It was certainly worth the experience of Big Sur.

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Santa Monica
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9 reviews 9 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

Went to the park specifically for the Ewoldsen loop, 4 miles, with beautiful ocean views from the top. Also, the McWay waterfall is very well worth the short walk from the parking lot.

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New York City, New York
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41 reviews 41 reviews
8 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014 via mobile

This is the all time perfect place to stop and stretch your legs while driving up the coast. It's about a 10 minute easy walk to what must be the most gorgeous little cove on the western seaboard. The waterfall is really something special It gets a bit crowded so don't expect solidarity, especially on the weekends. There is a... More

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San Francisco, California
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39 reviews 39 reviews
29 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

On a very crowded summer Saturday, we drove here to see the McWay Waterfalls. What is even more splendid than the falls are the magnificent views of the California Coast, the landscape and the Pacific Ocean. Be sure to hike/walk to the end of the trail and read the historic summaries of the house that once occupied the land, it's... More

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Wheelersburg, Ohio
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142 reviews 142 reviews
88 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Easy to park and take a look. Right off highway 1, you can get some beautiful views. The waterfall and ocean are neat to see! Well worth the stop when in the area!

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Downers Grove, Illinois
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27 reviews 27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

While the McWay Falls that everyone goes to were a nice unique combination view of a waterfall and the ocean, I recommend you go where few people seemed to go which is the beginning of the Ewoldson Trail: within a few feet from the parking lot we were within Redwoods with a cascading waterfall on our side. The initial hike... More

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Ojai, California
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

As I have said in other reviews, I've been up and down the coast road so many times over so many years that we've lost count. The JPB state park requires that you get out of your car ... so, do it!! Follow the signs and your sense of curiosity. Be quietly amazed and think to yourself: Why do I... More

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Lake Charles, Louisiana
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

This is without a doubt the prettiest sight we saw in California during our visit. It is off the beaten track but well worth it

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The World
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250 reviews 250 reviews
38 attraction reviews
149 helpful votes 149 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

We took a walk to McVey Falls and saw the remains of the Waterfall House. The waterfall was nice as was the beach. The view from the bedroom of the Brown’s Waterfall House must have been inspirational. We learned about Julia Pheiffer Burns and her friend Helen Brown. We also learned about the slide in 1983 (and saw the scar... More

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Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
11 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Gorgeous view of an amazing waterfall and incredible California coastline...must GO! Short walk from parking lot....

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