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Address: Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Big Sur, CA
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Quick stop at falls

Stop on side of road to take a short walk around to view falls and beautiful pacific coast!!.... No entrance fee and worth the time for a great picture

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
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Cypress, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Stop on side of road to take a short walk around to view falls and beautiful pacific coast!!.... No entrance fee and worth the time for a great picture

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Atlanta, Georgia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

Not as spectacular as I expected. Waited to park, and then found others just parking on the side of the road and taking a back way to the falls. However, a good stop if with small children or older people as the walk in is not long.

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Topeka, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW

You just can't drive through Big Sur and not stop to take endless photos of this waterfall flowing directly into the Pacific. Thank goodness it is protected turf and humans can't invade, therefore it stays beautiful. I stop every single time I go through Big Sur.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

While you cant get to the beach, the easy walk takes you to some of the most spectacular scenery on the coast between SF and LA. Not to be missed.

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Nashville, TN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

If you have time for only one stop on the Big Sur coast, this is the one. McWay Falls is spectacular! We stopped on a busy weekend. Both the pay parking lot and the street parking along the highway were busy with cars coming and leaving. Once parked, we walked the trail which provided a constantly changing view of the... More 

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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

We went to see the falls on a Sunday in July during peak season and expected large crowds, but were surprised that parking was easy and the crowds not too bad. The hike to the view point is very short and easy and well worth. You cannot get close to the falls, for safety reasons.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

No room in the car park & everyone parked up along H1 to visit. A great view of inaccessible sandy beach and waterfall, worth taking a look, perhaps better when not teeming with people - we did pass through on a Saturday afternoon....

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

This may be the single most beautiful spot in all of Big Sur. It's impossible not to like the sweeping ocean views with the gorgeous waterfall and beach below. This does tend to get quite crowded, so later in the day would be a good time to go to avoid the crowds. (This is a very short walk but worth... More 

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Yorba Linda, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Lots of cars stop in this area for people driving down the coast. It's worth a stop. We were camping in the area and hiking so get there early if you plan on parking along the road. The view of the falls is great from many different angles including the different look out points along a 5 minute trail that... More 

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Buffalo Grove, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

McWay Falls is easy to get to and very beautiful. The views are awesome and not to be missed. If you're traveling north to south and are tired from your other stops and thinking of skipping this, DON'T! Please make sure you visit it. Lots of great angles to get the views and pictures you want.

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Address: Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Big Sur, CA
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Big Sur

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