Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
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- 98%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 82%Family Travelers
- 73%Budget Travelers
- 68%Green Travelers
- 60%Adventure Travelers
- 55%History Buffs
Member Reviews (34)
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- Julia Pfeiffer Burns State ParkMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 4Mar 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.Recommended for:
- Julia Pfeiffer Burns State ParkMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersAdventure TravelersFeb 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.Recommended for:
- Julia Pfeiffer Burns State ParkMember ofWellnessGreen TravelersStudents+ 1Dec 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.Recommended for:
- Julia Pfeiffer Burns State ParkMember ofFamily TravelersFoodiesAdventure Travelers+ 1Sep 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.Recommended for:
- Julia Pfeiffer Burns State ParkMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget TravelersFamily Travelers+ 2Sep 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!
- Julia Pfeiffer Burns State ParkMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 9Nov 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!
- Julia Pfeiffer Burns State ParkJul 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!