Tent Sites
Fires Allowed
Pets Unknown
No Drinking Water
About Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park camping is available at two Environmental Campsites, located on the west side of Highway 1 south of McWay Cove. Both sites are hike-in only and no vehicle access is permitted. These sites are extremely popular year round and usually fill up six months in advance. Reservations are required and are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at Reserve California. You may also call toll free 1-800-444-7275.

The Julia Pfeiffer Burns State 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. A panoramic view of the ocean and miles of rugged coastline is available from the higher elevations along the trails east of Highway 1.

No dogs are permitted in the campground or on park trails unless it is a licensed and working service dog.

Walk In
Hike In
No ADA Access
No Drinking Water
No Electric Hookups
Fires Allowed
No Firewood Available
No Market
No Sanitary Dump
No Sewer Hookups
No Showers
No Toilets
No Trash
No Water Hookups
No WiFi
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park is located in California
36.1589 N
-121.6704 W
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9 Reviews of Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
Lots of Shade and Easy Access to the Coast

We were able to get a site without any problems during the weekend. The site was large and there were TONS of sites and loops. The redwoods gave tons of cover and space to set up hammocks. 

You can walk over and see McWay Falls on the path. You are also within walking distance to the beach as well. This site is one of the largest in the park so it is usually pretty packed but we happened to go when there were rockslides on the 1 so it was easy to find a spot. 

There were full bathrooms and trash receptacles all around the park. There are raccoons and small critters in the area so keep your food stored properly. It is also a large campground with lots of traffic so make sure that your belongings are stored and not laying around.

Beautiful place

Beautiful place. Felt safe and comfortable. Bathrooms are clean. There is a small store to purchase basics

Great 1 night trip

Moderate hike to an amazing place! Just be careful not to soak to long or you'll have blisters on the way out

Huge campground

This is another favorite of my Big Sur stops. If you're with a big group, this campground has lots of tent sites and plenty of room to host multiple campers. I think each site has a limit of 3 tents (that could be wrong, but I remember the number being lower), but even coming up in the middle of Spring Break we didn't struggle too hard to get a campsite.

The campsite is close to some trails and is across from the iconic Big Sur waterfall. If you get the chance to camp here, I highly suggest walking across the street to check out the waterfall. There's a lso a nearby trail right at the head of the campground. The trail weaves up into the mountains and has a beautiful view of the ocean from higher up. There's still a lot of fire damage along the trail, but it's cool to see how the forest has re grown since.


I don't know what it is, but this place just has the most insane light during the sunrise.

Magical Views

Camping off the PCH has panoramic views of Big Sur’s rocky coastline. Site 1 is directly above the falls, you can't actually see them, but it's a short 5-minute hike to get a look at them.) You will be mesmerized by the majestic mountains, beautiful blue ocean and the redwoods. The sites are booked 6-8 months in advance. The best part is being so secluded and Sunrises and sunsets are breathtaking, at night it is a Navy color dark with bright stars over the ocean. Tons of hiking trails, animal life and waterfalls. Spotty to No cell on the PCH service, so download a map for offline use or bring one. This is my by far favorite places.

Big Sur, Yes Sir!

Right in the middle of Big Sur, Besides the need for new bathrooms and showers as most CA state parks. They could also through down some gravel to help with the mud at some sites. However beautiful park with great hikes….Happy New Year!

Great Location with Private Enough Spaces and World Famous Coastal Sights

Be sure to pack in what you need, the stores along the route 1 are expensive. Plan ahead and you can enjoy everything this location has to offer. Don't drive on holidays or weekends if you can avoid it, in or out, since the traffic is incredibly thick during these times.

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The redwoods are stunning

Conveniently located along route 1 south of Big Sur, this campground is tucked into a redwood forest. It was quiet, and I wish we'd had more time to explore the park's recreation opportunities.