It would be difficult to select a single area as a “Best of Big Sur” – there is so much variety in the area, it is difficult to choose anywhere that is typical. But Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park is such an incredibly beautiful place, that it would make the best lists for anywhere in the world. Locals joke, “it may not be one of the best place in Big Sur, but surely the best in the world.”
Within the park are idyllic trails, waterfalls, underwater parks, historical gems, riparian hardwood forests, mystic redwood groves with ancient growth trees, and deliriously beautiful scenery. Sunset Magazine named it one of “four best spots to pitch a tent on the coast.”
The park is named after Julia Pfeiffer Burns, a well respected pioneer woman in the Big Sur country. The park stretches from the Big Sur coastline into nearby 3,000-foot ridges. It features redwood, tan oak, madrone, chaparral, and an 80-foot waterfall that drops from granite cliffs into the ocean from the Overlook Trail.
We visited Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park on February 8, 2011, as part of our Coastal California road trip in celebration of Laura’s 40th Birthday.
Below is a photolog of our visit. You can click on any thumbnail to expand it and then manually cycle through all the gallery’s images and captions using the arrow buttons. Alternatively, you can click on the [show as slideshow] link below to initiate an automated slideshow of the entire gallery.