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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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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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142 reviews 142 reviews
80 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 NEW

I've heard that the McWay Falls were very nice, so I decided to stop at this park to check it out. You have to be very perceptive to look for the signs..... when we were there, there was no one from the park to give directions or answer any demands. The "waterfall trail" (which is a 10 minute walk path)... More

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Winnipeg, Canada
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76 reviews 76 reviews
39 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

This is a beautiful state park with some great trails. The big attraction is of course McWay Falls, which are stunning. These are water falls that pour right on to the beach in a little cove with turquoise water. It's only a short 5 min walk to get there and suitable for people of all different mobility levels. If you... More

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31 reviews 31 reviews
20 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

A very nice State Park. The Volunteer Rangers are very helpful and accommodating. Although McCay Falls weren't gushing water it was still beautiful.

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San Francisco, California
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144 reviews 144 reviews
38 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

The drive along HIWAY 1 is what makes this destination - BIG SUR- well worth it- every turn is perfect and ahmazing ! You will run out of time if you do every pull out but if you have time during your drive - pull over - you'll never get that experience again! Driving south from Carmel -once you see... More

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Auburn, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Awesome little hike with a great view and history of the beach. Awesome for picture taking and for a family adventure.

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Buchanan, Va.
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

We had driven from Colorado to the LA area and now were driving up the coast. We had seen so many things and just in the last few hours had stopped probably a dozen times to take pictures. As we approached Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park I said to the my gf and her daughter (who had told us that... More

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Livermore, California
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35 reviews 35 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

nice nature walk and peace and quiet for the more relaxed traveler. Take a snack with you and water for sure. Just an amazing place to refresh

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New York City, New York
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37 reviews 37 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

I nearly cried because the view was so breathtaking. Thankfully we found a shortcut which only took us 5 minutes!

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Fountain Hills, AZ
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31 reviews 31 reviews
3 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

The falls were very nice, though as others have pointed out, you're kept far off and they've changed after the slides. The irritaing part I can't get past is the Park Volunteer and the $10 fee to park. I asked what all the hi-way parking was and he said they were "whale watching" and implied that to see the falls... More

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Appleton, Wisconsin
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78 reviews 78 reviews
25 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 via mobile

We gave this state park three stars but feel it wasn't as impressive as others have been. It is worth the stop to see the waterfall and walk the trails, but there isn't a well defined walking trail map. We left feeling that we must have missed something. If you have limited time choose Point Lobos State Reserve instead.

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