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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

State Route 1, Milepost 37 south (52.7 north), Big Sur, CA 93920
+1 831-667-2315
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Landslide area

Most of the park was closed due to the landslide. But, the park had a beautiful grove of Sequoia... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Becky H
via mobile
Most beautiful place

This campsite is perfect for anyone who wants to get out into nature for a few days! My favorite... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
mrs L
Fullerton, California
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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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State Route 1, Milepost 37 south (52.7 north), Big Sur, CA 93920
+1 831-667-2315
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Most of the park was closed due to the landslide. But, the park had a beautiful grove of Sequoia, so we walked around for a while here. I'm sure the rest of the park is beautiful when it is open.

4  Thank Becky H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This campsite is perfect for anyone who wants to get out into nature for a few days! My favorite place to camp!

Thank mrs L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wow! What a beautiful view! We only had time for the waterfall short walk. It is an easy walk (although the terrain is uneven and a sharp drop on one side; it is something most walkers though could handle). The place was PACKED! Like an...More

1  Thank SummerLove11
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park (朱莉婭.菲佛.伯恩斯州立公園) is located between Big Sur and Mud Creek near mile marker 35.8 on the beautiful CA-1 coast highway (Highway 1). The 1,522 Hectare (3,762 acres) park was named after Julia Pfeiffer Burns (1868-1928), a local and legendary early pioneer...More

3  Thank jameshuang
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Near Big Sur, on Highway 1, sits this beautiful spot. Depending on the time of year it can be quite busy and during the summer months can be cold and foggy, with very little water flowing. The spot to see this view is a short...More

Thank Cata G
Reviewed May 22, 2017 via mobile

This was a beautiful place and had great walk. We spent a couple of hours. We had a picnic lunch and a beautiful view of trees, stream, and nature!

1  Thank texastravelers18
Reviewed May 6, 2017 via mobile

A must stop place on Hwy 1 along the Big Sur Coast. Even after all the storm and fire damage in the area Julia wonderful is still a wondetful park to visit. Rugged coastline and beach with alot of scenic beauty. Forget the tourist stores...More

Thank Karene J
Reviewed April 16, 2017

Really beautiful place but a lot of people. If you want to go here, try and be here really early or come some other day when people are generally occupied with something else, or maybe more off season.

Thank mary_berry_sweden
Reviewed April 12, 2017 via mobile

Amazing hike up a mountain. The hike goes along a creek for a while. Through the redwoods and up to the top of a mountain overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Incredible views

3  Thank puffer29625
Reviewed April 5, 2017

The walk down to view the waterfall was a bit challenging and parking was not good. But if if you can find a parking spot, it is worth stopping to enjoy the view. We parked along the side of the road as the parking in...More

1  Thank tnvol93
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Megan K
We will be making a quick stop in May as part of our road trip, we will have our dog with us on a leash, any area/trail that we can visit with our dog and with the current road closures expected at that time?
April 16, 2017|
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Response from Mfandml | Reviewed this property |
Sorry I don't know the answer to either question. The park has a relatively good website. I would look there to find out about the dog. The website may also have current information about closures due to fire or a phone... More
Can we take our baby either in a backpack or on a stroller or is this trail too steep?
March 22, 2017|
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Response from zina594 | Reviewed this property |
When traveling to Big Sur this spring be sure to check road closures due to mudslides and bridge collapse. Baby in a backpack is manageable as it is an easy hike on a gravel trail to the falls. Would not recommend a... More