Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Big Sur
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Address: State Route 1, Milepost 37 south (52.7 north), Big Sur, CA 93920, United States
Ticket Price: 10 USD
Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
Timings: 05:00 am - 06:00 pm Details
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About Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Big Sur
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
This park is home to famous McWay Falls, and that's why most people come here to visit. The falls itself is a short hike, and it's doable even for elderly people and kids. The parking fee is $10, but it's worth the stop to see even if you feel the price is steep. The restrooms are clean and well kept. Also, a helpful California State Park employee told me that $10 fee covers all State parks you visit in the same day. So, that's something to keep in mind if you also plan to visit another one (such as Point Lobos State Natural Reserve).
PROS: very pretty, a nice walk from the parking lot, a beach with scenic cliffs and a natural rock bridge. CONS: limited parking means you'll often drive a long way to get turned back by a helpful park employee sitting by orange road cones. A shuttle service from a nearby market or restaurant would solve this and add some dollars to the mishandled park administration. But, it ain't rocket science, spend your resources on the salary of the guy sitting on the orange cones.
Beautiful place. Scenic drive. Nature at its best. Can spend whole day just sitting and watching the nature. I wish I could stay and watch sunset. Nice place to bring the kids.
It's hard to give a state park less than 5 stars but sadly due to the heavy rains currently many of the trails are closed. Check with the park if you plan to go there for hiking. McWay falls trail to the overlook was the only trail open on the day I went. Beyond that the view of the waterfall and the little lagoon is great and may be sufficient reason to go visit the park. Whales were easily visible from the trail as well (late January).
Went there for a specific hike and it was close for maintenance (even though we had checked on the website in the morning), so I suggest you call before showing up. Ended up doing another one suggested by the staff. Lovely place! Will definitely go back!
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