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McWay Falls, Big Sur

Categories: Waterfalls, Nature & Parks
Inspirock Rating:
4.7/5 based on 800+ 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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  • Definitely worth stopping an looking at. We would recommend stopping in the afternoon as we went in the morning so the falls were shadowed. Photos would look better in the afternoon. Easy walk with yo...  read more »
  • The view is beautiful and easily accessible from the road, he must stop! A staple of the road number 1.
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  • We payed the fee to park inside the park, but could have easily parked on the highway. There were bathrooms and picnic tables in the park however. There was a trail directly from highway parking to th...  read more »
  • One of the most beautiful stops on the PCH, it's a must see for sure. Water is turquoise blue and crystal clear, the falls are beautiful, just go before 9 am to avoid too much foot traffic.
  • Not just a waterfall but a rare tidefall.Only a handful in all of north america and around 25 in the entire world! That alone should make it a pretty unique sight and place to visit but the surrounding beauty elevates it to an entirely higher plane! Took all these pics from side of the road and didn't even enter the park since I never found the trail and doesn't matter much since they don't let you get that close or access the beach anyways! Can't image how crowded it gets on the weekends since I went in the middle of the week and was still pretty packed! I heard many different languages spoken by the visitors so it's obvious they come from all over the world just to get a glimpse of this!
  • Amazing beach and waterfall. They don't let anyone on the beach and its pretty neat to see this little place where nature takes over.
  • Best thing to see in Big Sur. Beautiful spot. It'll be busy so park on the highway and just walk to it from there. Sunsets would probably be best for photos and less people assuming it's not too foggy.
  • This place is just breathtaking. We came here on late afternoon when light was warm and soft, and it was gorgeous. I highly recommend to stop here even just for a moment.
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