Definitely the most splendid state park I’ve had the pleasure to visit, Julia Pfeiffer Burns SP features a quarter-mile hike from the woods of McWay Canyon to the bluff above a picture perfect 80-foot waterfall spilling onto a protected sandy beach. The park is named after a Big Sur pioneer woman, Julia Pfeiffer Burns. The beach at McWay Falls was created by a landslide in 1983.
Look to the north and south and you’ll see clear blue and green water and phenomenal coves and bays at the foot of dangerously steep cliffs. The park contains a 1,680-acre underwater reserve that is home to otters, seals, sea lions and the occasional migrating gray whale.