Julia Pfeiffer-Burns State Park

Trip Start Mar 02, 2011
Trip End Oct 14, 2011

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Motel 6 San Simeon
Read my review - 2/5 stars

Flag of United States  , California
Wednesday, May 25, 2011

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I headed south from Salinas. My destination was the Julia-Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

The Julia-Pfeiffer Burns State Park is on Highway 1, right along the coast. The best known attraction is an 80-foot waterfall that shoots out from a cliff and comes down on the beach or into the ocean, depending on the tides. I paid the $10 parking fee and made the short walk to the overlook for the falls.

There used to be a house where the overlook is now located. The house was built by the couple who used to own the land before they donated it to the state, Lathrop and Helen Hooper Brown. They stipulated that the park be named in honor of Julia Pfeiffer Burns, a daughter of a Big Sur pioneer family.

The waterfall is nice but I'm not sure it was worth the trip. There have been landslides south of the park along Highway 1 and parts of the road are closed. In order to get to San Simeon I had to take a detour from Highway 1 to Highway 101, which added about two hours to the drive. The detour took a winding road up from the coast and through Fort Hunter Liggett. Some of the scenery along the road was interesting. It also took me through an area near Paso Robles with a lot of wineries. I wasn't aware that wine was produced that far south in California.

I got a hotel in San Simeon for the night.
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