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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

Address: State Route 1, Milepost 37 south (52.7 north), Big Sur, CA 93920
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Ranked #3 of 11 Activities in Big Sur
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Beaches, State Parks, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: A breathtaking 80-foot waterfall dropping from the cliffs to the ocean is the focal point of this...
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Type: Beaches, State Parks, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: A breathtaking 80-foot waterfall dropping from the cliffs to the ocean is the focal point of this park.
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Eustis, Florida
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22 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

to us, this is the iconic view of Big Sur. The walk from the parking lot is just that, a walk, not a hike. Parking is limited so it might get tough during a busy time. Breath-taking view.

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire, United States
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30 reviews 30 reviews
16 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Great place for anyone. Just a short walk out to beautiful views. They have many nice trails for those who can do the hiking. only caution would be if you don't like heights, the trail made my husband a bit nervous but he was glad he took the adventure out to see the falls. It has earned its AAA diamond.

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Buffalo, NY
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33 reviews 33 reviews
16 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park was easy enough to find and, thankfully, the trail to McWay Falls was not a long one. This was the last stop of our journey for the day and we were tired from driving and hiking all day. Drive into the park, park your car and walk down a short trail and there below you... More 

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San Francisco, California
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

I’ve been camping two years in a row at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park and both experiences have been extremely positive. The staff that works there is always so accommodating and friendly and always willing to give directions, or even just talk to us about the history of the park or nature that surrounds it. The bathrooms are the best... More 

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Tehachapi, California
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52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Hard to actually get to the beach -- quite a walk down the trail. We visited from the road so we could see the waterfall. I would definetly recommend it!!

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San Francisco, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

This hike is far too strenuous and far too long for a very brief yet very scenic view at the peak. At the peak you will see all the trees, mountains, and the ocean, and it is quite beautiful. However, you can also just drive and pull over along Hwy 1 at the vista points and see a view that... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

One of the most gorgeous views in the world. Take time to explore the area, walk down on a clear day and enjoy. Bring a snack if you want to stay a while.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Stunning views ! Wish they had kept and restored the original home of Julia Pfeiffer Burns. The home was ahead of its time and their art collection would have been very interesting.

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Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
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81 reviews 81 reviews
36 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

We visited the park during Christmas holiday, the parking is quite a problem, only limited parking spaces. The waterfall is quite small, and you can only see from long distance, If we can go down to the beach that would be much more fun.

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Los Angeles, California
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35 reviews 35 reviews
6 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

We recommend going as early as possible, So there is so much here to do and see. If CALTRANS is working on this section of the road, you might not be able to access. Check in advance. There have been times we have wanted to go to the park and CALTRANS prevented us accessing that part of the road due... More 

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