Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
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A breathtaking 80-foot waterfall dropping from the cliffs to the ocean is the focal point of this park.
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phvi2617
Anaheim, CA360 contributions
Most travelers stop here to see McWay Falls. It's a very pretty sight, but it's often crowded, and most of the trails near the parking area are closed due to fire damage, making for a rather quick excursion.

If you're looking for a little more adventure, go north on Hwy 1 for two miles and check out the Tan Bark Trail on the east side of the highway, opposite the Partington Cove Trailhead. It's a little hard to find, but it's a real treasure.

The trail follows the babbling Partington Creek through a coastal canyon with stands of redwoods and lush ferns. About a mile in, the trail gets a bit steeper, but you can always turn back whenever you like.

Overall, it's a gorgeous and serene area with lots of solitude. It's remote with no cell service, so be prepared and check out the Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park website for more information and current conditions.
Written August 14, 2021
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happytraveler2010_10
Sedona, AZ143 contributions
If you want peace and quiet this campground is for you. We camped here in our small travel trailer. Our site was on the river side and we could hear the sound of the water. Our trailer and truck just fit in the pad. The sites seem to run small and are great for tents or smaller motorhomes. Overall most of the sites are too small for bigger rvs, so if you have one, make sure you reserve a site that is long enough. There are sites that are not on the river that are in the redwoods. If you have a dog, they are only allowed on a few trails. Also avoid the weekends. We arrived on a Sunday and it was noisy, but quieted down during the week.
Written May 28, 2021
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ArlettgKeating
Rancho Cucamonga, CA26 contributions
Family
Really all you can do here in January is take the short walk to see the waterfall. But its worth the walk and worth stoping. Yes you pay $10 to park, but then you get a pass that is good for all state parksnfor the rest of thw day. We ended up going to 3 state parks so for a little more than $3 a park, totally worth it.
Written January 6, 2020
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melwashere81
Cleveland, TX989 contributions
Couples
There isn't much to do here other than hike to the viewing area at the top of the falls. It would have been nice to hike down to the beach and get some amazing views of the waterfall BUT most of the hikes are closed off due to recent fire damage. Its a shame because I would have loved to spend half the day hiking the trails. The trail to the falls isn't far but its really crowded so good luck getting a good view of the falls. With the park not being fully open its not worth the $10 admission just to see the falls. Maybe next time I come through the whole park will be open again....
Written September 14, 2021
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SteelCity13
Austin, TX846 contributions
Great Park but not alot of the trails are open right now. This is the park you need to enter to see McWay Falls. Which is the waterfall that flows directly onto the beach. Would have loved to do more hikes in this beautiful park but they were all closed for safety. The trail for McWay falls and the trail for Partington are open. Partington trail is a short but very scenic trail that goes over wooden bridges, through beautiful redwoods, in and out of tunnels and have great ocean coves to explore. Its a very great little hike that anyone can do.
Written May 1, 2021
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Rahul Anand
United States45 contributions
Big Sur, California drive is full of scenic beauty and McWay is one of them. No one can go near to fall, there is a small trail to go and see McWay Falls from the top. And there is a 10$ fee for car parking.
Written July 28, 2020
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Rahul Anand
United States45 contributions
Big Sur, California drive is full of scenic beauty and McWay is one of them. No one can go near to fall, there is a small trail to go and see McWay Falls from the top. And there is a 10$ fee for car parking.
Written March 22, 2020
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Kristi M
Arizona36 contributions
Family
Our first time here. Using the directions provided by other travelers on TA we were able to find the turn off with no problems! The road is narrow but scenic. The parking area is small but we were able to grab a spot at 2:00pm on the first try. The views are beautiful! We are glad we went however... the wind was so bad the sand was pelting us non-stop. We tried to find area that might be less windy but there were none! We should have worn our goggles so we could see without the sand getting in our eyes. Maybe is was an overly windy day? We don't know. We did not stay as long as we had hoped because the sand in our eyes was too much. We would absolutely go again! The views are worth it. We had expectations of sitting on the beach enjoying the views or maybe hiking around. The wind/sand was too intense during our visit to do that.
Written July 3, 2021
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Backpacker
San Luis Obispo, CA1,012 contributions
I just spent last weekend camping at Julia Pfeiffer Burns SP Environmental Campsite 1. It was very nice! Beautiful scenery, clean port-a-potties, and trash/recycle cans. The surf provides this repetitive white noise that caused me to have a great night sleep.

My only issue is that the map shows the two sites as separated and one looks to be above the other one. But this is not the case. They are right by each other. So, you just have to hope your neighbor camper is quiet and considerate. I got lucky, but I was worried.

I am very glad I camped here, but probably wouldn't do it again, unless I was able to reserve both sites.
Written January 13, 2020
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Becky053
Bloomington, IN275 contributions
This visit was a disappointment after seeing this about 10 years ago. Much of the area is closed off, including the path to the former house site. That, to me, was the most special spot, affording 180 degree views of the ocean area and seeing what a nirvana place to have a house would be.
Written June 9, 2021
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