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Beautiful scenic beach with pretty waterfall

This was a very nice scenic beach with a beautiful waterfall. We didn't actually walk down to the... read more

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Gilbertsville, Pennsylvania
A great view

A lovely waterfall at the end of a 1/4 mile track easily accessible by foot, worth the short walk... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Big Sur, CA 93920
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Reviewed yesterday

This was a very nice scenic beach with a beautiful waterfall. We didn't actually walk down to the beach, but viewed from the road. Nonetheless, it was the only waterfall we saw on our drive, and it was a really nice one!

Thank LaurieCurran
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

A lovely waterfall at the end of a 1/4 mile track easily accessible by foot, worth the short walk, shame the rest of the track was closed during our visit.

Thank Richard S
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Area gets very crowded, especially along Rt 1. I recommend parking in the lot and comfortably walking to the viewing area. Parking lot has bathrooms. View is very nice, but waterfall comes down at a slow pace. Not much water during the summer months. Viewing...More

Thank AndiamoAMagna
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to stop for a few hours, several walking trails and a picnic area too. Be sure to visit the historic water wheel that used McWay Creek to generate electricity long ago. Walk down to the McWay Falls overlook of course, but also walk...More

Thank CTBCalifornia
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's not everyday you get to see a waterfall falling into the ocean. Well, maybe I guess if you live in Hawaii, but being from the east coast this was a beautiful site to see. It was the final stop in our itinerary driving down...More

Thank DreamingOfTravels
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the most photographed spot along Hwy 1 (the Pacific Coast Highway-AKA PCH). It is worth the time and cost to park and walk over. The state park fee to park is $10 and well worth it. Have your license plate number with you,...More

Thank Tami H
Reviewed 1 week ago

We made the mistake of entering the park & paying the entrance fee as we were planning a day of hiking. Nowhere does the park really tell you that their trails are all CLOSED indefinitely until after you have paid the fee and are looking...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

It was a short walk to take photos of the falls, It was over crowded, and honestly yes it was beautiful, but limited sighting, I wish there was a way to hike down closer to the falls.

Thank zeejay808
Reviewed 1 week ago

We found a parking spot right past the entrance of Julia Pfeiffer State Park. We paid our $10 in the envelope and walked down the trail stairs under HWY1 and there is the fall and the blue water. We could not walk past there due...More

1  Thank Molly S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What else is there to say. It's beautiful. I wish we could go all the way down to the water, but the view from top is gorgeous. It can get crowded, so be mindful to let others have a look.

Thank ILiveInCA
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Cynthia J
May 27, 2018|
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Response from Robert H | Reviewed this property |
I was there in Feb and the trail was open. I am sort of local as I live north of the park. I have not heard any news about Mcfalls on local news. No news is good news. The only issue is getting there. Approaching from the... More
Cory M
March 19, 2018|
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Response from Jim R | Reviewed this property |
Trail is half closed July 2018. Better views from the road.