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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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  • If you're in a hurry you can park the car on the road and see the falls, is from this point that has the most beautiful photo. Including the photo that I took is my computer screen background ... If you are with more time can walk through the Park (paid entrance).
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  • The pacific coast is a very beautiful coast line as you walk or drive. This stop provides you a view of a very small waterfall. It is an easy walk along the side of the mountain. I do not believe ther...  more »
  • This is a nice spot but was not worth two plus hours of diving from Monterey and $10 to park. You may not be able to do it in the busy season, but pull off to the side of the road on Rt. 1, walk down ...  more »

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