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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

52801 California State Route 1, Big Sur, CA 93920
+1 831-667-2315
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A breathtaking 80-foot waterfall dropping from the cliffs to the ocean is the focal point of this park.
  • Excellent74%
  • Very good20%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“mcway falls” (161 reviews)
“state park” (95 reviews)
“short walk” (84 reviews)
LOCATION
52801 California State Route 1, Big Sur, CA 93920
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+1 831-667-2315
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"mcway falls"
in 161 reviews
"state park"
in 95 reviews
"short walk"
in 84 reviews
"ewoldsen trail"
in 36 reviews
"well worth the stop"
in 14 reviews
"easy walk"
in 32 reviews
"the pacific ocean"
in 30 reviews
"amazing views"
in 29 reviews
"waterfall house"
in 11 reviews
"julia pfeiffer"
in 19 reviews
"the cliff"
in 28 reviews
"small waterfall"
in 14 reviews
"along highway"
in 22 reviews
"redwood forest"
in 13 reviews
"enjoy the view"
in 15 reviews
"beautiful spot"
in 15 reviews
"quick stop"
in 12 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Pull off for a short walk (5 min) to the cliffside bay that is on this entry. It is a beautiful as it looks and then some.

Thank pisapie
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It’s a beautiful area. We loved the view of the falls. It would be great if they had a few more signs around. No cell service, so take a map.

Thank JMJBL
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Loved this stop but was disappointed when we found out half the trail leading to the waterfall was shut down and we had to turn back. Turned out to be a very short walk instead of a hike down a trail.

2  Thank adducij
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing trails, fun creeks for kids to play in, only thing that I didn’t love was the prevalence of poison oak. Love the trees and proximity to the beach.

Thank Lindsay P
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We headed here to see the waterfall that goes into the ocean. The trail was closed partway through. Although we were able to get a couple photos, we were not able to explore as much as I had expected.

Thank Hawkshoe
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had this on the list as a must do following our time at Pfeiffer Beach. It’s 11 miles south of beach & an interesting drive. When you arrive, park along Highway vs in park to save the $10 parking, or double check there is parking...More

Thank AmyHVG
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went to Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park to see the waterfalls. It was April (2018) so there was no lack of water-flow. This being said - the $10 cost to get into the park isn't worth it. There are so many spectacular sights along...More

1  Thank Bakerfortress
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A short walk is well rewarded here with stunning views of an incredible little hidden beach with a waterfall. Please don't miss this state park if you're visiting Big Sur. Paying for admission to this state park will also get you into Pfeiffer State Park...More

1  Thank GirlFromArizona
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a very nice beach and a nice place for some good photos. Easy walk to the beach...we had a great time.

Thank Debaroo2018
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Hosted by Ventana Wildlife Society, my friend and I did highway clean up to get rid of waste often hazardous to condors in the area. This four hour stint exposed us to some of the most beautiful views.

Thank 1219Robin
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mochajenn
June 18, 2018|
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Response from Bill J | Reviewed this property |
Some people illegally get down there, but it is extremely dangerous and you can be arrested if seen by a ranger. Don’t risk it!
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Kim G
April 6, 2018|
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Response from Bill J | Reviewed this property |
The road is closed about 30 miles south of this park. I’d suggest if you still want to see Big Sur that you go south about 8 miles past the park to Nacemiento Road which is a gravel but decent road that crosses the mountain... More
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Kim G
February 18, 2018|
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Response from Marlin M | Reviewed this property |
By then all road closures due to mud slides should be open again. Must see items along Big Sur. Elephant seals just north of Hearst Castle, well marked with signs. Julia Pfeffer Burns State Park. Walk to the ocean to see the... More
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