Big Sur, 93920
Arguably Big Sur's most popular state park (nine total in the 90-mile region), Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park's biggest draw is the 80-foot McWay waterfall cascading from the cliffs on the beach below. Named after a well-respected female pioneer, the park encapsulates the best of Big Sur: rugged beauty, fetching natural light, and the perfect juxtaposition of rock, sand, and sea. Overlook Trail is a top spot to watch migrating grey whales as they make their way south to Baja California, where they mate before heading north once again. Most of the park's higher elevations offer a full panoramic view of the coast. The Pfeiffer Falls and Valley Views Trail within the park is often the first recommended by rangers and guides for its accessibility to hikers of all ages. It leads right up to a 60-foot waterfall set amongst verdant hilllsides. For the divers out there, the space between Partington Point and McWay Creek is the Julia Pfeiffer Burns Underwater Area, a popular scuba diving area.