Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

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  • Address: State Route 1, Milepost 37 south (52.7 north), Big Sur, CA 93920, United States
  • Timings: 05:00 am - 06:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +1-8316672315
  • Ticket Price: 10 USD
  • Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Outdoors, Beach, Walking Area, Entertainment, Adventure, Fountain, Nature

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 Travel Tips

  • 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 Hours

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

How to Reach Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

  • By car from Hwy 1.

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  • Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park Address: State Route 1, Milepost 37 south (52.7 north), Big Sur, CA 93920, United States
  • Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park Contact Number: +1-8316672315
  • Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park Timing: 05:00 am - 06:00 pm
  • Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park Price: 10 USD
  • Best time to visit Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park(preferred time): 07:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park: 03:00 Hrs
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  • 84.62% of people who visit Big Sur include Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park in their plan

  • 71.75% of people start their Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park visit around 07 AM - 08 AM

  • People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

Monday, Wednesday and Thursday

95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

People normally club together Point Lobos State Reserve And China Cove Gibson Beach and The Esalen Institute while planning their visit to Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

People also prefer to start their day with Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park Reviews & Ratings

  • Very cool spot! Right off Highway 1. Unfortunately, when we went most of the trail was closed off due to land slide and unstable earth. The trail to the waterfall was closed as well. However, the view from whatever we could access via trail was breath taking! The scenery was gorgeous. I would highly recommend it just to get a scenic picture and of the beautiful landscape. Entry fee was $10 and they included entry to other state parks nearby and along the route for the same $10 fee due to the trails being closed. We definitely took up that offer and visited other nearby parks. I would highly recommend this park. There is parking on site for the $10 fee, or you can park for free on highway 1 and walk in and enjoy. I would recommend and suggest the $10 fee because then atleast the money you pay will go right back to maintaining the parks and keeping then beautiful!

  • This hidden gem is awesome. Looks like a scene from a pirate movie. The waterfall just adds to the already beautiful spot. The little hike from the parking spot to the lookout was nice to stretch the legs. The look out was partially closed of needing repair so it was more crowded then I liked, but still worth seeing.

  • Absolutely beautiful. Come at sunset and take a few deep breaths. We came in early October and it wasn't crowded. Park on PCH just outside the gate and walk in or drive in and support your state parks.

  • So far a family favorite. We had a picnic on the beach. There are restrooms/latrines and trash cans by the latrines. For latrines they are kept very clean and they have hand sanitizer available to disinfect your hands after using the restrooms. You are not able to swim at this beach the waves are too rough but the forest and cliffs meeting the ocean is absolutely gorgeous.

  • Absolutely lovely natural park. We unfortunately could not hike to the waterfall since the trail is under construction. However we still got some breathtakingly views of the waterfall. Parking is bit tricky if you don't bring cash to pay for parking. The park charges a ten dollar fee which can be payed in cash only since they don't have a means to use accept electronic payments.

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  • Are there guided tours through the park for seniors who can't walk too far, or can we just drive through the park?

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    • I am not sure if there are guided tours of Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. also, driving through the park may not be permitted. But, it is highly recommended that you confirm before visiting by calling on (831) 667-1112. 

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