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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  • A person must pay ten dollars ($10.00) to park at Julia Pfieffer Burns State Park, and then an individual must walk under a tunnel to a path which allows hikers to witness this beautiful waterfall... 
    A person must pay ten dollars ($10.00) to park at Julia Pfieffer Burns State Park, and then an individual must walk under a tunnel to a path which allows hikers to witness this beautiful waterfall...  more »
  • The waterfall is beautiful, we've seen it many times. We drove in, paid $10 to park, and then discovered that many of the areas are closed, including the restrooms. There's no trash removal either.....  more
    The waterfall is beautiful, we've seen it many times. We drove in, paid $10 to park, and then discovered that many of the areas are closed, including the restrooms. There's no trash removal either.....  more »
  • Pfeifer beach. Spectacular. Not croweded Oct 2022. Wind and waves! and the huge rock formations with holes through which one has waves coming in and views. A rare and delightful experience 
    Pfeifer beach. Spectacular. Not croweded Oct 2022. Wind and waves! and the huge rock formations with holes through which one has waves coming in and views. A rare and delightful experience  more »
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  • Beautiful place. Can’t wait till it’s restored and opens back up fully would love to hike more thru the park. McWay falls is spectacular for a stop. But really want to explore the depths on next visit.
  • The story about this waterfall that we can't touch or see in up close is because it is owned by the state of California Rich family back in the day I bought this land and then they decided to move to Florida and they donated the land to California and even though it's surrounded by water and flowers and everything else it is a little path that you walk to all the way past the open be careful where you step walkway and you get to a cool tunnel where you can finally breathe if you're out of shape and then you walk on down all the way look out the corner of your eye and you'll see the waterfall and it's natural warm not touched by tourist. Just as beautiful on Google screen saver
  • There is work going on, so only Porta-Potty's there and definitely need emptying. The walk over to the waterfall is a smooth flat walk. The waterfall is iffy on visibility whether the weather cooperates. Second time to stop it was clear.
  • For the longest time I’ve wanted to drive down highway 1 on the California coast. This year we finally did drive down from Big Sur to Santa Barbara mostly one highway one stopping whenever and wherever we felt inspired. This park was one of our stops with information on the area and many hiking trails available
  • One of my favs along the Big Sur coastline. Mcway Falls is absolutely stunning any time of year. I’ve stopped here countless times and it always makes my heart burst!!! Love catching sunset here. Highly recommend you make it a point to check out. If you simply want a quick peek or photo of McWay Falls: The pull off just after the first rail is blocked off at the moment with cones and has been for months. However there is a small pull off further north. Park and walk back to the guard rail…ta da!

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