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McWay Falls, Big Sur

(4.7/5 based on 850+ reviews on the web)
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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TripAdvisor
  • A great view of one of the famous Bay of big sur. It's a pity that you can't get to the beach.
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  • You can park along Highway 1 and walk down a trail to the falls or park in the Julia Pheiffer burns state park parking lot across the highway. There is a paved path underneath the highway that leads y...  more »
  • McWay Falls can only be accessed by road. Drive up, park, walk about 2-3min, and that's it. You can look and take photos, but then be on your way. Opposite the falls is the state park which offers gre...  more »
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  • This is a wonderful place to stop at, The view from the top of the hill is awesome the contrast of colors is remarkable. The feel and beauty of nature is something I can't take for granted and due to the fact that this place along with many other places, I have had the privilege to visit with my wife and kids and yes there are many beautiful places that people can discover and visit but this one is a must for anyone who lives or visits California but just remember if I gave this place five stars this is only my opinion.
  • Emerald green mixed with pearl blue and white frothy water. The deep distant boom of waves crashing against rocks covered in a forest of green. The ambience of a warm setting sun painting an endless ocean in yellow hues of fading light.
  • This was an item on my bucket list to see before I die. It was breath taking and stunning. You can park along highway 1 and hike a short trail to view this beautiful cove (then you don't have to pay the $10 park fee). It is definitely worth the drive.
  • Always a go to stop when traveling through the Big Sur area. Just park on the side of the highway and it is a short hike (
  • Typically mistaken for Big Sur Falls, this iconic waterfall that runs to the ocean is McWay Falls. Unfortunately, there was fire threat on the day we visited and wasn't allowed on the trail to get a better look of the waterfall. However, the fall was still visible from other vantage points. Definitely worth checking out. Park on the PCH and walk, or there's a small parking lot by the water fall.