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McWay Falls, Big Sur

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McWay Falls is one of the only waterfalls in the region that empties straight into the ocean. Rising 24.3 m (80ft) above the shoreline of the Pacific, this "tidefall" is accessible via the state park's 1.03 km (0.64 mi) roundtrip trail. Pause at the vantage points along the way to take in views of the ocean and the cascading waters themselves. For a different vantage point, you can reach the beach below the falls via boat. Make McWay Falls part of your personalized Big Sur itinerary using our Big Sur tour itinerary maker website .
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  • Like everything else on Highway 1 it is wonderful but nobody let us know the trail was cut short and you could not make it to the bottom to see it from a better view. It is beautiful view but the wate...  more »
  • The hike was super short, and the falls were quite far away. I assumed we would’ve been a bit closer and it’s not a very big area.  more »
  • Along Hwy 1 & across from Julia Pfeiffer state park is this gorgeous view of the coastline & ocean & waterfall. Worth a 10 minute stop!  more »
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  • Amaizing views! You can park for free near the road or in a pay parking for a small fee. You have to walk a few minutes to reach the views of the falls but is a beautiful walk and it is worth it. You can’t go on the beach, you just can see the views from distance. I have been there in a cloudy march day and I thought it was breath taking. Highly recommend while doing PCH.
  • You can just park on the road to go there. No need to pay parking. The views are amazing.
  • A breathtaking natural beauty.. there's a designated parking area which cost $10. But you may also can park at nearby overlook and take the short hike to a closer view of the beach. There is no access to the beach though due to safety concern. But it's a must see. And the way to this point is also amazing.. loved it. Most romantic scenic area.
  • McWay Falls is a beautiful and breathtaking hidden gem on the Big Sur. It is definite must visit for all budding nature enthusiasts. You can park on the road for free and walk down a short coastal trail or in a car park for a nominal fee that is located across the road. Either way McWay Falls is a visual splendour that doesn’t disappoint.
  • Beautiful waterfall - not to be missed if you drive on CA1.
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