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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. Put McWay Falls at the forefront of your travel plans using our Big Sur tour planner.
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  • Stop and to read about information on the old house owned by the Browns that used to look over this monumental view. take your time, put the camera/cell phone down to take in all that is around you! T...  more »
  • I visit McWay Falls often. It is such a picturesque spot. It is easy to miss, but it is a must stop on Highway 1 as you meander through Big Sur. The falls are beautiful as they spill onto the sand bel...  more »
  • Well we had not the weather (it was wet) but what is what we liked big on and his wild side.
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