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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

State Route 1, Milepost 37 south, Big Sur, CA 93920
+1 831-667-2315
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Beautiful quick hike off the main road. Worth the stop. Love that they have history boards... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Shawna B
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Hikes and beautiful scenery

The beautiful cove with a waterfall plunging into the ocean are reason enough to stop here, but... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Winston Salem, North Carolina, USA
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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, Big Sur, CA 93920
+1 831-667-2315
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Beautiful quick hike off the main road. Worth the stop. Love that they have history boards explaining the story of Julia Pfeiffer.

Thank Shawna B
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The beautiful cove with a waterfall plunging into the ocean are reason enough to stop here, but there are also a variety of hikes, from short and super easy (to view the falls), to long and challenging. The parking lot is crowded when the roads...More

Thank Dollyamas
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the last stop before road closures as of August 12, 2017 on the Big Sur Pacific coast drive coming from the north. The park was almost a ghost town and we had the place to ourselves. A ghost town I guess bc of...More

Thank conni r
Reviewed 1 week ago

Words cannot explain how beautiful this state park really is. The waterfall that flows to the beach is breathtaking and for those who have a hard time walking, it's really not a hard trek to get a wonderful view of it.

1  Thank CaliforniaMaryLouise
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The park was closed and no signs were posted. We drove into the entrance of the park and the rangers told us at that point. We were disappointed for sure and told them that signs should have been posted way prior to entering the area....More

2  Thank Hotchx4
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited this place as part of our drive up the Big Sur. The view of the waterfall is great, but if you want to really enjoy the falls, you have to walk down the walkway down to the sandy beach below. The water crashes...More

Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

People are always asking me: "Where is that Waterfall that falls on the beach?" The answer is: Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Yo can't get there right now, the park is closed. Aside from that, it's on the south side of the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge....More

8  Thank pirateed2017
Reviewed 4 July 2017 via mobile

I'm always awed at the beautiful redwood trees and the Big Sue river that winds through this park but it's not as fun as it used to be now most of the trails are closed. If you want to slow down and chill at the...More

Thank H C
Reviewed 26 June 2017 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.

5  Thank Becky H
Reviewed 20 June 2017 via mobile

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

1  Thank mrs L
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18 July 2017|
Response from H C | Reviewed this property |
If this is your first time going, I think it would be a great stop. The views are beautiful by the coast. Just be mindful of the road closure on highway 1 and extra travel time. Personally, I'm not going back until they... More
Nikita C
21 April 2017|
Response from Remix0 |
Maybe a little too late but parking is limited but you can kind of park along the main road, highway 1 as well
Megan K
17 April 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