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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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USD 680.00*
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Private Full-Day Trip Up Pacific Coast Highway with Pickup
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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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“mcway falls” (159 reviews)
“state park” (91 reviews)
“short walk” (76 reviews)
State Route 1, Milepost 37 south, Big Sur, CA 93920
+1 831-667-2315
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We were disappointed that all of the trails but one were closed, UNTIL we walked the short path to the waterfall. What amazing views...one of the most beautiful walks we've ever taken!

Thank sonnecj
Reviewed 6 days ago

I loved the short hike to the ruins of the house Julia lived in, it seems such a shame they had to tear it down. Beautiful views of the ocean and the falls from the trail. I would have loved to live in the house...More

Thank cactus140
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We wanted to see California Condors and checked with some state park rangers who all recommended going to this park. It paid off! We saw 4 one morning- 2 roosting in a tree on the ridge and 2 soaring over a distant peak. You will...More

Thank Chuck B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

One of those epic postcard scenes of California that seem too good to be true. We were hoping for a longer hike leading to the vista, but it was more of a dirt path from the parking lot, under the highway (1/4 mile). But we...More

Thank JenBraz
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I always bring people visiting me up here to gaze at the wonderful scenery. I never took the time to explore the trails, mainly because it is impossible to park. Since the highway is still not open all the way to through traffic, we decided...More

Thank WorldWideMika
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Mother Nature at her finest. I can't stress how much I wished we had more time to just stop stare, stop some more and just go with the flow. Allow lots of time to stop, enjoy and see the park at different times in the...More

Thank kailayates
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great walk to the see the waterfall. Amazing day, breathtaking view of the coast, whales, wind, and beauty can't beat that.

Thank mmfm012016
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This park has a lovely walk to a beautiful overlook complete with waterfall. There is a $10 admission to park, but that will get you into all the parks along the Pacific Coast Highway. Definitely worth the price..

Thank Helen B
Reviewed 28 November 2017 via mobile

I really enjoy stopping here while riding a motorcycle down the California Coast. It gives a nice walking break. Such a great spot to get off the bike and explore while stretching the legs. .

Thank Sakowski
Reviewed 25 November 2017 via mobile

A short walk brings me to a beautiful view. Spent a long time here just admiring however it could easily be a quick stop

Thank Sarah K
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Kim G
18 February 2018|
Response from Suzy_Shopper | Reviewed this property |
I wish I could help you more. I’m not from the area and haven’t been there in a while so the road construction has definitely changed. I would definitely ask others and look Ari he trip advisor and download their city info... More
Haleh C
26 December 2017|
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Response from Marlin M | Reviewed this property |
Not sure about winter weather? Mid summer was ideal weather the two different times we visited.
18 July 2017|
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Response from Marlin M | Reviewed this property |
Definitely worth the effort to stop, especially if you happen to hit nice sunny weather. When we were there this past August we almost gave up all the extra effort required to get to the center portion because of the... More