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“Gorgeous, but crowded”

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Ranked #1 of 35 things to do in Big Sur
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Owner description: A breathtaking 80-foot waterfall dropping from the cliffs to the ocean is the focal point of this park.
Los Angeles
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Gorgeous, but crowded”
Reviewed 30 May 2014

It can get pretty crowded -- sunrise/sunset are the best times to view, but honestly, it's beautiful whenever you go. You can park along the highway, but cars go zipping through, so it didn't seem very safe. There's actually a lot of parking available once you pull in.

Visited March 2014
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Downingtown, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“Very Scenic Viewpoint of waterfall and not too long of a walk”
Reviewed 29 May 2014

Bundled this with Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park and Point Lobos for a day of CA state parks. It is a pretty easy walk to get to the viewpoint of the waterfall. If you go to other CA state parks that day, you get a paid pass from them and you can park in the big parking lot as opposed to on the road. There is an underpass if you park in the state park parking lot. Very easy walk to viewpoint. It is extremely beautiful. I would highly recommend a quick stop at the park for the views.

Visited April 2014
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16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Looks like Hawaii in our own backyard!”
Reviewed 28 May 2014

This waterfall is well photographed and absolutely gorgeous! Out of the 4 trips that I have made to this spot, I find that just before sunset is one of the best times to visit, with just the right lighting bouncing off the turquoise water. A must see for all locals and tourists alike.

Visited January 2014
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York, Pennsylvania
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13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Must see on PCH”
Reviewed 25 May 2014 via mobile

You can't miss this stop just to the south of Big Sur. It's a very picturesque view. Just look for all the cars pulled over and follow the crowd. It requires a little bit of "hiking," but it's worth it.

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Anderson, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Worth the stop”
Reviewed 20 May 2014

Short walk to the falls, you can go down a long staircase and enjoy the beach area or just walk around the edge, entrance fee is for the park service, very minimal.

Visited June 2013
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