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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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Park open

This was a beautiful place and had great walk. We spent a couple of hours. We had a picnic lunch... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
center, texas
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Great scenic place

A must stop place on Hwy 1 along the Big Sur Coast. Even after all the storm and fire damage in the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Karene J
Clearlake, California
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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 2 days ago 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!

Thank texastravelers18
Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 16 April 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 12 April 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 5 April 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
Reviewed 15 March 2017

Once we found this spot (minimal to no road signs are displayed, so know your GPS coordinates or look for a packed car parking area along the highway!) we thoroughly enjoyed the views and walkway to this magnificent scene.

Thank 117RuthNortje
Reviewed 16 February 2017

This was such a gorgeous little cove tucked into the coast line with a really cool waterfall! Beautiful sights! It was a little bit of a walk from the parking area to the cove, but it is all packed dirt trail and definitely worth the...More

1  Thank Mychal R
Reviewed 6 February 2017

This park has it all - a good story behind it, a lovely waterfall that descends into the turquoise Pacific along a white sand beach, and then on the other side of the road, trails through a gorgeous, dense, peaceful (except when I was singing...More

2  Thank Thom-Shap
Reviewed 5 February 2017

The Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park is absolutely worth your time... if you're interested in visiting a relaxing and naturally beautiful location. There is an added bonus... often, the park is empty... and you can enjoy the views without having to feel pressured to move...More

12  Thank J4Travels
Reviewed 3 February 2017

This State Park has a very short walk to one of the most photogenic water I have ever been to. The creek pours straight off a cliff and onto a beach. Don't miss this it is well worth the fee.

2  Thank mattkurth
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Nikita C
Is this park currently open???
21 April 2017|
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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?
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
Can we take our baby either in a backpack or on a stroller or is this trail too steep?
22 March 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