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McWay Falls

Address: Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Big Sur, CA
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Ranked #4 of 19 Attractions in Big Sur
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Waterfalls, Nature & Parks
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San Jose, California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
6 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

McWay Falls is one of the most beautiful water falls in Big Sur. it's easy to hike to and it's free. You cannot go directly to the falls but view it from above on a path. The colr of the water is awesome.

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Tehachapi, California
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50 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Hard to actually get to the beach -- quite a walk down the trail. We visited from the road so we could see the waterfall. I would definetly recommend it!!

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San Francisco, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

This is a very short and flat hike. You can see a little waterfall and the view of the beach and ocean is absolutely gorgeous! Definitely worth your time to check it out.

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Redondo Beach, California
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81 reviews 81 reviews
40 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Let’s face it; the waterfall is not the main attraction here. It’s very pretty, but the vast coastal landscape is the real winner here. It’s a small walk along the trail where you can get a few shots of the falls, but head out to the end and gaze up north along the coast. A great highlight along the 1.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Wonderful to see unspoiled and maintained natural landmarks. This Park should be a must see for anyone interested in the beauty of our planet.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

The drive itself was amazing. Its a nice place to take some pictures. It was a clear day in December. The views are awesome. The color of the water and the color of the plants near the shore are amazing. Had to wait for 20 min to find a parking inside. I did't want to park on the side of... More 

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29 reviews 29 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Was definitely a picturesque location, and worth the hike to see it all, if you are driving by its definitely worth stopping in

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PA
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

This was a great stop! We were driving south on rt 1, we found a parking lot on the left side. Cross over the road and you'll find the beginning of a trail circles around the falls for some great views. The dirt path turns into a boardwalk type path, very easy walking.

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

Maybe it was the rain, maybe it was the fog, but after a short hike, we got to the viewpoint and said "OK This is it?". Pictures definitely look better than what we saw, but the weather was not cooperating. There is a campground past the viewpoint that would be a cool place to stay though

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Acton, Massachusetts
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26 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

This is in the Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. What was particularly interesting to me was the history of the configuration of the 'beach'- before and after a natural disaster. Prior thereto, the falls went right into the ocean, now they go onto sand. The history of the Pfeiffers is fascinating. Please do this.

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