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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

47225 California 1, Big Sur, California

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4.5 out of 5
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  • Julia Pfeiffer Burns State ParkCommunity ManagerPro 2014
    Yen Phan @GogobotOahu
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    5 Apr 01, 2014

    Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park is a great place to camp, hike, and be out in nature. The beach is a short hike from the parking lot.

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    5 Mar 03, 2014

    This is worth the trip for everyone who likes a scenic view. It is a super short easy walk down from the parking lot, and you get a view of a hidden little beach with a waterfall pouring onto it, and out into the ocean. There are sometimes dolphins playing in the cove as well. Climbing down to the beach is extremely difficult, and also illegal.

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    5 Feb 09, 2014

    This location has become one of the iconic spots at Big Sur. It's easy to miss though, so if you pass the Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park signs, just turn around (safely) and go back. Look for all the other people parked on the side of the road and find a spot. Or you can park inside the parking lot across the street and walk through a tunnel to the viewpoint.

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    Robin & Mary Ann
    5 Nov 20, 2013

    This is one of the most photographed spots in the world. Remember the postcard with an idyllic waterfall emptying out on a sleepy, remote beach lagoon? This is it!

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    5 Dec 01, 2013

    Toward the far south end of Big Sur, this petite state park is where all the cars along Hwy 1 turn off. Why? For the short walk underneath the bridge and out to the coast to see McWay Falls, which dramatically drops off the cliffs and onto either the beach or even better, directly into the ocean. There are quieter hiking trails into the redwoods, too, if you want to avoid the crowds.

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    5 Sep 09, 2013

    The highlight of this park is an overlook of a stunning turquoise bay with a waterfall tumbling down to the sandy beach. Tip: if you are just coming for the beach view, park on the road and save the parking fee.

    There are also redwood hikes here, but we didn't try them.

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    Ingrid Katz
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    5 Sep 24, 2013

    This beach is not accessable. There is short trail you can hike to come to this viewpoint. This is the most beautiful beach I have seen so far. The waterfall on the beach is astaunning!

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    Maggie Langeness
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    5 Nov 27, 2012

    Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park on Highway 1, Big Sur. Great national park to stop, hike and there are spots to camp overnight. Must book a camp site here well in advance!! Sites will be booked in the summer! It gets cold here at night so be prepared!

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    Mario Marioncelli
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    One of the nicest camping experiences I have ever had. The Redwood forest is by nature a clean ground environment and the grounds have a Lodge which gives you all the comforts of home if you like.

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    mwrphotos
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    One of the most scenic areas along the dramatic Big Sur coast. Very easy hike to the Falls Overlook; about a quarter mile. For the best photographs of the waterfalls, mid-to-late afternoon lighting is best. Note, the park closes at 5 PM. Unfortunate, as this would also be a great sunset location. Still, one of favorite stops along the California coast!

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Description:

If desire spectacular beauty and large amounts of fresh ocean air, the state park in Big Sur is perfect for you. Located in Monterey Country, California, this state park boasts over 3,000 acres and is located just 30 miles from Carmel. The park has two hike-in camping areas that require reservations well in advance. Renowned for the spectacular terrain featuring old redwood forests and the coastal mountains dropping off into the Pacific Ocean, the sunset views from these campsites are absolutely divine. This beautiful park is the perfect place to renew your spirit with the harmony of nature at its finest.
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