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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Big Sur

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Featuring forests, granite cliffs, 2,500-year-old sequoia trees, and a 24 m (80 ft) waterfall that drops into the Pacific, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park offers hiking, camping, and scuba diving. The camping areas overlook the ocean, providing opportunities for whale watching. See the remains of McWay house, dedicated to the memory of Julia Pfeiffer Burns--a famous rancher of Big Sur. If you wish to camp at the site, you'll have a picnic table, fire ring, and restrooms provided. Make sure you take water, firewood, and clothes for changeable weather. A visit to Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Big Sur vacation route planner to plot your vacation.
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  • 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 t...  more »
  • 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 won...  more »
  • 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 post...  more »

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Secluded resorts, inns, and lodges are located off Highway 1. Some offer weary drivers a safe resting place, while others are exclusive resorts for long-term getaways. The latter require advance reservations. Camping is another popular alternative, with many campgrounds accessible from the highway.
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