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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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ssshhhh!! - the best kept secret on the drive along the golden coast

Memorizing views - out of the blue - unbelievable location in the Big Sur area. We can enjoy... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Irvine, California
Beautiful Hiking Trail

This is my fave spot to stop while driving around Big Sur. It has a beautiful waterfalls that is... read more

Reviewed 15 September 2017
Sirach F
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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 3 weeks ago

Memorizing views - out of the blue - unbelievable location in the Big Sur area. We can enjoy peaceful beach, do a couple of hikes and be one with the nature. Lets try an keep it a secret ;-)

1  Thank SuhasGujarathi
Reviewed 15 September 2017

This is my fave spot to stop while driving around Big Sur. It has a beautiful waterfalls that is just a short hike. But last time I was there for the memorial day long weekend, the trail was closed. Also to save money park at...More

1  Thank Sirach F
Reviewed 10 September 2017

The waterfall onto the beach is a beautiful sight at sunset (or any other time), One of the prettiest places we've seen.

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Reviewed 1 September 2017 via mobile

My wife and I hired electric bikes to cycle down to McWay falls, part of the park. It's a really fun cycle and the bikes are great. There are loads of places to stop for photos along the way as the landscape is breathtaking. Getting...More

1  Thank Katherine E
Reviewed 25 August 2017 via mobile

Fortunately the road was just recently opened since the mud slides or we would never have gotten to see it! I doubt that we will ever be back to this area again since we are from Pennsylvania. We feel really blessed to have had the...More

2  Thank Marlin M
Reviewed 20 August 2017 via mobile

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

2  Thank Shawna B
Reviewed 20 August 2017 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 14 August 2017

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

4  Thank conni r
Reviewed 11 August 2017

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.

2  Thank CaliforniaMaryLouise
Reviewed 4 August 2017 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
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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