Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park in Big Sur, California
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park on the Big Sur Coast is home to iconic McWay Falls. It’s just a short walk out on a trail to an overlook where many visitors take stunning photographs of the waterfall where McWay Creek crashes down on the sandy beach below. Unfortunately the beautiful beach below the falls is closed to public access. Near the overlook are the remains of an old house, known as the McWay Waterfall House, that was the residence of the family that gave this stunning large ranch property to the state back in 1962. Scuba diving the shore north of McWay Creek is a popular activity and that area can be entered at Partington Cove which is also part of Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Whale-watching during their migration season is possible from the falls observation deck and the trail. Tent camp spots can be reserved for camping on the bluff above Saddle Rock just south of the beach. Lots of hiking trails can be found in the state park from the main parking area at McWay Canyon up to Partington Cove. Note that the trail to the overlook is wheelchair accessible.
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