Julia Pfeiffer Burns State ParkCurrently Closed
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.
- 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.
- Open 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset.
- By car from Hwy 1.
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94.27% of people who visit Big Sur include Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park in their plan
07 AM - 08 AM
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
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.
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One of the most beautiful and unique places that you will find in the world. You can easily park and enjoy a short walk to an incredible view of a waterfall spilling on to the sand and refilling the ocean. There is no access to the beach and DO NOT try. Many people have been killed or injured by ignoring the warnings. Besides being deadly it is against the law and you will be fined. Enjoy the view, snap a few pictures and continue along with beautiful drive up the coast.
Very beautiful drive and beautiful park! A couple trails are inaccessible due to an old fire but you can still see the falls and walk down to the river and a creepy old wheelhouse. Definitely worth a stop, though 10$ is a little steep so make it worth while and visit some other parks that will accept the day pass as well. Also, make sure to get gas before driving on hwy 1! It's always over $5/gallon!!
Absolutely beautiful views. Easy to drive to and park. Short walks to see fabulous views of the beautiful beaches and ocean views of the California cost. No cost. I highly recommend going there.
This place was a big disappointment. As of now (October 2018), nearly all of the trails are closed, but they still are charging $10 for parking, and you won't find out about the closures until after you've paid and parked. The view of McWay falls was nice, though, so that redeems it slightly.
My time here at Julia Pfeiffer Burns state park was very fun. I had a great time at this place. The spot in California is very pretty and I suggest coming here if you like this type of thing especially being outdoors. This day park has a lot of pretty views and places that you can go in it. I enjoyed coming here with my family because we like being outdoors and hiking. I would definitely come back here in the future and I hope you would consider coming to this wonderful place.