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. Make Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park part of your personalized Big Sur itinerary using our Big Sur attractions planner .
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  • September 26, 2017
    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 ;-)  more »
  • September 14, 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. A...  more »
  • September 9, 2017
    The waterfall onto the beach is a beautiful sight at sunset (or any other time), One of the prettiest places we've seen.  more »

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