Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
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A breathtaking 80-foot waterfall dropping from the cliffs to the ocean is the focal point of this park.
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TennisStar602
New Jersey704 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Solo
A person must pay ten dollars ($10.00) to park at Julia Pfieffer Burns State Park, and then an individual must walk under a tunnel to a path which allows hikers to witness this beautiful waterfall. This waterfall is humble, but the views of it with the surrounding Pacific Ocean is breathtaking. The next door mountains are gigantic. There are awesome rock formations and a variety of unique plants. The access to go further down the hill is currently closed due to construction. I thought that the admission price was high due to the fact that the trail was curtailed, but the scenery was magnificent and it was totally worth my visit.
Written October 29, 2022
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melwashere81
Cleveland, TX3,444 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021 • Couples
There isn't much to do here other than hike to the viewing area at the top of the falls. It would have been nice to hike down to the beach and get some amazing views of the waterfall BUT most of the hikes are closed off due to recent fire damage. Its a shame because I would have loved to spend half the day hiking the trails. The trail to the falls isn't far but its really crowded so good luck getting a good view of the falls. With the park not being fully open its not worth the $10 admission just to see the falls. Maybe next time I come through the whole park will be open again....
Written September 14, 2021
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Bambi12345
185 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
The view is beautiful, but there are a few downsides to consider. The place is quite small and there is only a single view point. If you drive though route 1, this stop is not very special. The parking costs 10$, you can pay cash only and need to have the exact amount.
Written August 12, 2022
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Rahul Anand
United States45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Big Sur, California drive is full of scenic beauty and McWay is one of them. No one can go near to fall, there is a small trail to go and see McWay Falls from the top. And there is a 10$ fee for car parking.
Written March 22, 2020
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Backpacker
San Luis Obispo, CA968 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I just spent last weekend camping at Julia Pfeiffer Burns SP Environmental Campsite 1. It was very nice! Beautiful scenery, clean port-a-potties, and trash/recycle cans. The surf provides this repetitive white noise that caused me to have a great night sleep.

My only issue is that the map shows the two sites as separated and one looks to be above the other one. But this is not the case. They are right by each other. So, you just have to hope your neighbor camper is quiet and considerate. I got lucky, but I was worried.

I am very glad I camped here, but probably wouldn't do it again, unless I was able to reserve both sites.
Written January 13, 2020
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Rahul Anand
United States45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
Big Sur, California drive is full of scenic beauty and McWay is one of them. No one can go near to fall, there is a small trail to go and see McWay Falls from the top. And there is a 10$ fee for car parking.
Written July 28, 2020
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SteelCity13
Austin, TX885 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
Great Park but not alot of the trails are open right now. This is the park you need to enter to see McWay Falls. Which is the waterfall that flows directly onto the beach. Would have loved to do more hikes in this beautiful park but they were all closed for safety. The trail for McWay falls and the trail for Partington are open. Partington trail is a short but very scenic trail that goes over wooden bridges, through beautiful redwoods, in and out of tunnels and have great ocean coves to explore. Its a very great little hike that anyone can do.
Written May 1, 2021
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TedSeattle
Seattle31 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
The view isn't bad, but nothing out of the ordinary for the region, and not worth the $10 parking fee or the hassle of negotiating the cramped, crowded parking area. There are plenty of spots along the highway that are easy to pull off onto where the views are better. Also, don't believe any website that says you can see redwoods here. There is only a short path to the shore, nothing more.
Written September 12, 2022
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Kristi M
Arizona53 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Family
Our first time here. Using the directions provided by other travelers on TA we were able to find the turn off with no problems! The road is narrow but scenic. The parking area is small but we were able to grab a spot at 2:00pm on the first try. The views are beautiful! We are glad we went however... the wind was so bad the sand was pelting us non-stop. We tried to find area that might be less windy but there were none! We should have worn our goggles so we could see without the sand getting in our eyes. Maybe is was an overly windy day? We don't know. We did not stay as long as we had hoped because the sand in our eyes was too much. We would absolutely go again! The views are worth it. We had expectations of sitting on the beach enjoying the views or maybe hiking around. The wind/sand was too intense during our visit to do that.
Written July 3, 2021
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Becky053
Bloomington, IN271 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
This visit was a disappointment after seeing this about 10 years ago. Much of the area is closed off, including the path to the former house site. That, to me, was the most special spot, affording 180 degree views of the ocean area and seeing what a nirvana place to have a house would be.
Written June 9, 2021
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