Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
- Accessible Restrooms
- Accessible Parking
- Wildlife viewing
Trails and Pathways
- McWay Falls Overlook Trail
- Trailhead Location:
- East end of the lower parking lot
- Trail Length:
- Under one mile total, .5 mile
- Typical Width:
- 4 ft. & above
- Typical Grade:
- Typical Terrain:
- Moderately Firm
The mostly paved trail slopes slightly down, crosses McWay Creek on a wooden bridge (note the waterwheel, preserved from early settlement days), and travels to the west side of the highway through an eight-foot-wide culvert. From there it's cut into the cliffside. At the viewing site for the waterfall there is a boardwalk. A terrace is all that remains of the residence of Lathrop and Helen McWay, who owned a ranch here until 1962, when Helen gave it to the state for use as a park.
- Accessible Parking:
- Yes – designated accessible parking, van accessible, hard;
Parking lot nearest the entrance is steep; level places are available in the lower lot, which is also where the trail starts.
- Accessible Restroom:
- Yes – The restrooms are near the upper parking lot and up a steep hill from the lower parking lot. The ramp up to the restroom is also steep, with a cross-slope. Most wheelchair users will need assistance to get to the restroom entrance.
- Accessible Picnic Table:
- Yes – firm & stable path to tables, firm & stable surface, 27" or greater knee clearance; One table in the lower parking lot
- Good to Know:
- The park is located on land that was originally called the Saddle Rock Ranch, because of the rock formation in McWay Cove that resembles a saddle.