Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Big Sur

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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Big Sur - Address, Phone Number, Ticket Price

Address: State Route 1, Milepost 37 south (52.7 north), Big Sur, CA 93920

Phone: +1-8316672315

Ticket Price: 10 USD

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Time Required: 03:00 Hrs

Timings: 05:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

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This beautiful state park got its name from a pioneer woman of Big Sur, named Julia Pfeiffer Burns and it stretches along the coastline of Big Sur. Highlighted features of this park are the different types of trees like redwood, tan oak, madrone, chaparral that you get to see within it. Another important fact that makes this state park so popular among the tourists is its famous 80 feet high waterfall that clumsily falls on the granite cliffs and then free falls into the Pacific Ocean. That waterfall is famously known as McWay Falls. With a classic ‘postcard shot’, tree-topped rocks lying above the golden beach makes the perfect background scenery of the waterfall to take numerous snaps. So, while entering the state park, make sure you take a snap of this majestic waterfall.

There are many other activities you can do in this park. They are:

  • Whale watching – come in December or January and you get to see grey whales at the end of the Overlook trail.
  • Scuba diving.
  • Camping near McWay Fall.
  • Hiking McWay Waterfall trail.

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park Information

  • Wear layered clothes as weather keeps on changing.
  • Wear comfortable shoes if you are going for hiking.
  • Online reservation required 7 months in advance on the first day of the month.
  • Getting near the McWay Falls is not allowed.
  • McWay falls is open all the year around.

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park Opening and Closing Hours

  • Open 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset.

How To reach Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park by Public Transport

  • By car from Hwy 1.

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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Big Sur Reviews - Write a Review

  • Beautiful place and location! However, sometimes it can be very crowded especially in summer. Plan ahead so you can find parking to enjoy this natural beauty.

  • This is a must drive along the California 1 highway coast. Make time to stop and walk the state park. I had the pleasure of being there till sunset.

  • gorgeous views! Just park in route 1. No need to pay $20 for parking inside the state park. The waterfall is on the right side of the trail when you are facing the ocean.

  • Great place for hiking but can get crowded and parking can be an issue. Ewoldsen Trail is worth it for hiking. It leads up to the top where there is a great view of the ocean.

  • Easily accessible, well maintained, parking for Mcway falls was over priced. But worth the trip

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