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UPDATED INFO (11/18/17): Trails on the west side of Highway 1, including the McWay Falls Overlook Trail and Partington Cove Trail, are open for public day use; the picnic area is also open but the campsites are closed. Trails on the east side of Highway 1 remain closed. Ewoldsen, Canyon, Tanbark, Waters and the Tinhouse Fire Road Trails are closed until further notice due to extremely hazardous trail conditions caused by the fire and winter mudslides. Please carefuly observe closure signs.
Description: Julia Pfeiffer Burns California State Park is a beautiful park and camping there is limited and primitive but beautiful, unique, has nice ocean views and in a very nice location among the granite boulders Cypress and Pines on the ocean bluff; there are only 2 environmental tent campsites for 1 to 8 people each with a picnic table with attached cupboard, a pedestal barbecue and a fire pit, water and restrooms are by the park entrance that are a short walk, reservations are a must.! There is no kiosk or ranger station at this state park registration takes place 11 or 12 miles up the highway at Big Sur Ranger Station or Pfeiffer Big Sur. When I checked campsite fees were $15.00 or $20.00 per night although many state park fees seem to be increasing.
Location: The park is on the Pacific Coast Highway One 12 miles south of Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, 4 miles north of Esalen Hot Springs. 36° 9.53 - 121° 40.22
Camping Facilities: nice picnic areas, forest trails, restrooms, 2 shady environmental walk in ocean bluff campsites, easy trail to most beautiful and photographed waterfall on Big Sur coast.
Activities: Nice serine redwood forests, picnic, hike, terrific ocean views, short trail to famous waterfall, (McWay Falls Trail), environmental camping, no access to beach.
Close by Points of Interest: Located just south of the Big Sur Valley it is not to far to Big Sur's shops, and famous restaurant Nepenthe and the Phoenix Gift Shop Art Gallery at Napenthe Big Sur California is along the way. Beach access is just a short scenic drive up the Pacific Coast Highway to Pfeiffer Beach or south to Mill Creek Beach or Sand Dollar Beach.
Pets & Misc. Regulations: Pets are not allowed at the campgrounds or on the trails, they must be on a 6 foot max leash in the developed areas.
Helpful Hints: Nice place and to hike and take pictures but you will have to plan way in advance and get reservations to camp here. Camping fees include entry for 1 vehicle and 1 legally towed vehicle or trailer; additional vehicles will be charged per night at the park; campers should visibly display their camping reservation receipt on their windshields.
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The parking lot, picnic area, and restrooms are in the forested canyon area; the McWay waterfalls look-over trail takes off from the eucalyptus trees on the left and can be seen crossing the cliffside; the ecological campsites are in the trees on the ocean bluff. Click the photo for an extra large view of Julia Pfeiffer State Park area.
Campground Contact Information:
Julia Pfeiffer Burns
State of California Campground:
Big Sur Station #1
Big Sur, California 93920
Miles from Carmel: 36
Miles from Cambria: 62
Area Information Phone:
U.S. Forestry Department
Big Sur Ranger Station:
Reservations: Campground Reservations call 1-800-444-PARK (7275).
Recreational Activities: picnicking, hiking, nature study and bird watching, photography, primative camping.