Julia Pfeiffer Burns State ParkCurrently Open [Closes at 06:00 pm]
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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94.23% 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.
People also prefer to start their day with Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.
This is a must if your driving up the 1, especially if you can catch sunset there. There is a path down to overlooking the beach, gorgeous waterfall off the cliff into the ocean. There is also a trail up into the mountain that makes for a beautiful hike. Highly recommend the stop!
I cannot say enough good things! The beaches are beautiful, and I hear the nearby trails are worth checking out. There's no access to the beach with Mcway Falls right now, but the view from the overlook is still amazing!
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.
Gem of a place with many scenic trails. One of them leads you to an overlook point on a hill opposite the mcway falls. Great views of the fall
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!!