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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

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Address: State Route 1, Milepost 37 south (52.7 north), Big Sur, CA 93920
Phone Number: 8316672315
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Activities: Hiking
Description: A breathtaking 80-foot waterfall dropping from the cliffs to the ocean is...
A breathtaking 80-foot waterfall dropping from the cliffs to the ocean is the focal point of this park.
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Hike up to the falls is worth it!

I'm an amateur hiker, so I found the treck a bit challenging. But if you go at your own pace and enjoy the view on the way up, you should be fine. The falls is pretty, though it... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 3, 2015
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Los Angeles, California
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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

I'm an amateur hiker, so I found the treck a bit challenging. But if you go at your own pace and enjoy the view on the way up, you should be fine. The falls is pretty, though it is quite small nowadays because of the drought. Still, worth seeing at least once! Bring water and some snacks. :) Don't forget... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

McWay Falls was a very short hike from the very crowded parking lot that charges (people waiting for spots to open up). You can also park on the PCH outside of the parking area for free if you can find a spot. The waterfall was not flowing greatly, but was still very beautiful to see and the hike had a... More 

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Monterey, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Where else can you see a waterfall majestically empty into the ocean? Most people miss this side of the park on the coastal side of the freeway. Bring a picnic lunch and sit on the edge of the world admiring its natural beauty!

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Nothing bad to say about this beautiful view point. We parked on the road and just looked at the views from there. Simple to get to and easy to find parking.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

This place is peaceful and gorgeous I'm going to spend way more time there the next time I visit... bring everything you need if traveling here there is not much around

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

after visiting the most famous place, Pfeiffer beach, we went to the Pfeiffer burns park and made the Canyon's trail. It's easy, very very short and you can see a beautiful 3 leaf clover's field while hiking. I parked my car on the road to avoid the busy parking lot and also to avoid paying the park's paring fee. To... More 

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Such a beautiful little cove, crystal clear water with a perfect little waterfall falling onto the beach, into the sea. Great views, even saw some dolphins here :) Very romantic place.

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Long Beach, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

Another must-see in the Big Sur area. Very easy to get to and then you're looking at what has shown up in magazines and on the Internet million times.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

We paid for our state park pass at this one to see the falls. We didn't realize there was an entrance to the falls from the street so you don't need to pay unless you want to hike in the park. The scenery near the falls is very nice but the falls itself is more of a leak than a... More 

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

What a wonderful state park. It boast a beautiful waterfall meeting with the beach. Myh friends, my guy and I not just came here for the view but also for the hike. We did the ewoldson loop. It came out to be a moderate hike but all around amazing views.

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