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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 #1 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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New York City, New York
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37 reviews 37 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

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
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

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
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW 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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Carmel, California
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 NEW

great day hike with spectacular coast and ocean views; ewoldsen trail. Also, connects with several other loops to make it longer than 4.5 miles. The trail is well maintained with new creek bridges after the fire, and the walking surface is that wonderful soft packed pine droppings and sand combo.

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Santa Clara, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

It's a beautiful place to see the waterfalls into the water, but it's a very short excursion. If you read the Explanations, then it's an interesting place, but if you don't read the explanations at the ends of the walk, you won't get what happened For instance, there was a big landslide about 25 years ago, and the state tried... More

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

This state park has some amazing views, especially from the Overlook Trail and platform, of the McWay Falls and the rest of the rocky coast. I didn't visit the Vista Point that is a couple of miles north of the Overlook Trail, but from the fleeting views from the car, it looks a very promising vista point indeed.

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Shanghai, China
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13 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

By turn left and park at the designated area and pay your self help payment for the state park, one can walk through a underpath tube and over look at the beautiful lizard like bay with the water fall on the left. There are beautiful purple flowers on the way.

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Camarillo, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This is what California is all about. Make sure to ready about the history of the homestead and women behind it. Super easy to get to from HWY 1. 10 minute easy walk. Ton's of poison oak so don't go off the trail.

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Seattle, Washington
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Note : I did not trek down to the waterfall My wife and I visited the McWay falls after reading in several places that it was a must visit in Big Sur. The pictures are better than what I actually saw there. It was a tiny waterfall that landed on a beach shore. I thought that I would jublown away... More

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Seaside, California
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57 reviews 57 reviews
8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Alright folks, driving along Highway 1 offers an ample number of scenic spots, but this one is among the best. It is right off the road, a short 5-6 minute walk. This is just a small part of the park, since there is a tunnel under the highway to get to the majority of the park.

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