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Address: Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Big Sur, CA

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Nice waterfalls

The waterfall is nice, to be viewed from a distance. A must see for tourists going to Big Sur. A good place for photography lovers.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
Ashwani C
New Delhi, India
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New Delhi, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The waterfall is nice, to be viewed from a distance. A must see for tourists going to Big Sur. A good place for photography lovers.

Thank Ashwani C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

An easy trail for anyone not disabled. Absolutely gorgeous! A must see for anyone traveling to Big Sur, Monterey, Carmel, San Jose or San Fransisco.

Thank Stan S
Paso Robles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I had driven by this location for years. There is no notification on the street...but that's okay, you might find parking to get a good photo. This is one of those sites that, when you see it just right, is world class. I stopped 2 weeks in a row. One was cloudy: the falls were interesting but nothing unusual. The... More 

Thank PARobbert
Centereach, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Be prepared to pay an entrance fee of $10 pp to see McWay falls. It is a tall but narrow stream of water that flows to the beach. You can only view it from a walkway quite a distance away and cannot go down to the beach.

Thank jsarakos
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We decided to call in here after our trip to Point Lobos reserve at Carmel. That was quite fortunate in that our entrance fee to Point Lobos was valid for the Julia Pfeiffer reserve as well. A short walk under the highway (though a metal tube tunnel) led to the view over the falls. Spectacular view. You can't get down... More 

Thank GerMar60
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Off route 1. Go through Julia Pfeiffer Burns park and follow trail under highway. Lovely views but waterfall is small. Nice walk though. There is a charge to park in Park...but you can park by side of road free and walk through free. Or you can scramble down bank if you are fit.

Thank andreaat62
Hartland, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Definitely a must see! Beauty all around. Easy to get to, you can pull off on the side of the road or pull into the parking lot at the park, it will cost $10 there.

Thank Tanis S
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I drove to McWay in classic tourist style from San Fransisco in a Mustang down the PCH. McWay is tucked along the coast in Big Sur and is not as well known by tourists but more than worth the drive and the visit there. A beautiful sight with a beautiful path where you can get views of it. I have... More 

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Long Island, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's such a shame we can't get closer to the falls cause it's amazing. You can use the entrance to the park and walk to the other side to view the falls but if you cheat and just park on the highway, there is an entrance to the stairs free of charge! And it's about a 10 min walk to... More 

Thank Mariel D
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Definitely worth stopping an looking at. We would recommend stopping in the afternoon as we went in the morning so the falls were shadowed. Photos would look better in the afternoon. Easy walk with young kids.

Thank Mundayfun

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