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McWay Falls, Big Sur

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#2 of 6 in Nature in Big Sur
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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  • September 25, 2017
    This is one of the most beautiful places on earth, I believe. The history of the place is interesting as well.  more »
  • September 14, 2017
    I always enjoy McWay Falls and bring my friends to visit the falls and the park whenever possible. It's a worthwhile stop if you are driving Hwy.1, in Big Sur.  more »
  • September 1, 2017
    You absolute must see this amazing bit of nature! Even if you're not really into nature you can't not be wowed by this spot. It's just a great place to just stop, take a breath and breathe it all in. ...  more »

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