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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

52801 California State Route 1, Big Sur, CA 93920
+1 831-667-2315
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A breathtaking 80-foot waterfall dropping from the cliffs to the ocean is the focal point of this park.
  • Excellent74%
  • Very good20%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“mcway falls” (159 reviews)
“state park” (91 reviews)
“short walk” (78 reviews)
LOCATION
52801 California State Route 1, Big Sur, CA 93920
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+1 831-667-2315
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"mcway falls"
in 159 reviews
"state park"
in 91 reviews
"short walk"
in 78 reviews
"ewoldsen trail"
in 36 reviews
"well worth the stop"
in 13 reviews
"easy walk"
in 32 reviews
"the pacific ocean"
in 30 reviews
"waterfall house"
in 11 reviews
"amazing views"
in 28 reviews
"julia pfeiffer"
in 19 reviews
"the cliff"
in 27 reviews
"small waterfall"
in 14 reviews
"redwood forest"
in 13 reviews
"along highway"
in 21 reviews
"enjoy the view"
in 15 reviews
"beautiful spot"
in 15 reviews
"great hike"
in 12 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A must see when in Big Sur. Go to see the falls. Its inly a short walk from the parking are to views of paradise.

1  Thank brucef12018
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This state park primarily consists of a single waterfall, which you can get a view of by paying $10 to park and walking under the highway on a maintained trail. There's also a bunch of folks parked on the highway and walking down a less...More

2  Thank julie248
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If you just want a picture of McWay falls - don't enter the park. You will need to pay for a parking there 10 or 15 bucks. You can perfectly see the falls from the highway where you can pull over for a couple minutes...More

1  Thank sveta s
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You can't visit the waterfall as it is owned by personal property. That is ridiculous that the public cannot enjoy this. You are only allowed up to a mile away, and then you need a Big Zoom lens on your camera just to see it.

Thank SVITO302
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A portion of the main hike overseeing the ocean was closed, so the view was limited but was beautiful nonetheless. Parking near the fall area could be a problem.

Thank Rawa13
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's a really short walk to the waterfall and well worth the stop. I wouldn't pay the ten dollars just for that, but if you pay for one park in the area, your ticket is good for the others, so definitely do it that way.

Thank rachealmartinez
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Reviewed 20 April 2018

$10 will get you into all the state parks along Big Sur, you can pay here or at any of the other entrances. Very short walk to a waterfall. You can't get very close but it is worth a quick stop and bathroom break.

2  Thank Hillary F
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Reviewed 19 April 2018 via mobile

Nice short walk to waterfall which rather disappoints compared to the cliff and crags with the Pacific crashing against then. If you park then it’s a $10 fee many ignored this, shame as it supports the park maintenance.

2  Thank peakdistricttravel
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Reviewed 12 April 2018 via mobile

My husband and I are the adventure type so maybe our expectations were set too high but this was such a disappointment. It was the latest little walk to see a waterfall. I have no idea why there are so many great reviews for it....More

2  Thank MEGAN Z
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Reviewed 9 April 2018

We were so lucky to have been guided to this hidden gem of a beach. What an incredibly special place. Don't be alarmed by the road / trail. It is narrow, but worth it!

Thank MMcFadz
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Kim G
6 April 2018|
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Response from Bill J | Reviewed this property |
The road is closed about 30 miles south of this park. I’d suggest if you still want to see Big Sur that you go south about 8 miles past the park to Nacemiento Road which is a gravel but decent road that crosses the mountain... More
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Kim G
18 February 2018|
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Response from Marlin M | Reviewed this property |
By then all road closures due to mud slides should be open again. Must see items along Big Sur. Elephant seals just north of Hearst Castle, well marked with signs. Julia Pfeffer Burns State Park. Walk to the ocean to see the... More
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Haleh C
26 December 2017|
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Response from Marlin M | Reviewed this property |
Not sure about winter weather? Mid summer was ideal weather the two different times we visited.
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