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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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  • As if the drive there isn't beautiful enough when you get to Mcway Falls ... Wow just Wow. This part of the California coast and BigSur are a great place to take families. The park doesn't allow dogs ...  more »
  • Not so much of a hike but the views are awesome. The waterfall is really tiny but the clear blue waters are really gorgeous. It's short enough to do quickly. Reminded me of Hawaii.  more »
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  • McWay Falls is a waterfall which dumps directly into the Pacific Ocean. It's quick hike with spectacular views. Absolutely breathtaking. There's a $10 fee to park in the state park, but it's will worth it. There are also other hiking trails in the park as well. This is definitely a must see place along the Big Sur California coastline.
  • Quick hike that has great views. We went during the 3rd week of December in the morning and there was very few people on the hike. The tunnel that you pass during the hike leads to a bathroom if you need one (5 minute walk). If you stop here, you should also go north a few miles and hike Partingdon Cove.
  • Amazing place with spectacular views, the trail will make it even nicer to get additional view from the coastline. The other trails are very nice as well and a good addition to the trip.
  • A nice little walk to this place and it’s just as beautiful as the pictures show!
  • Super easy, short hike. Do not pass this by.
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