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McWay Falls

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Big Sur, CA
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Ranked #3 of 15 Attractions in Big Sur
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Waterfalls
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california
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Short and easy hike with gorgeous views! Very picturesque! This is where you an see a waterfall onto the beach.

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Minneapolis, MN
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

I tried to figure out for weeks where to park and where to hike before we arrived here, only to discover that, on Labor Day weekend, there is no place to park at all, and you don't NEED to park and hike to see it! It's easily visible from the highway, and if your companion can take a photo, you... More

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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

A great location to see a natural water waterfall spill out into the stunning Big Sur coastline which whilst A bit drier than normal was still a great place to visit

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

This was an easy hike to a beautiful overlook. Was surprised that we weren't hiking TO the falls, rather, just a scenic view of it, but it was still beautiful. Other trails were available. Would love to go back and do more hiking.

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Oakland, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

A short 10 min. walk from the road will take you to this scenic postcard perfect view of McWay Falls. Take lots of photos and enjoy this natural wonder.

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New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We drove into the road for the State Park. We paid $10 to park and then hiked along the very short trail to the falls. The color of the water was amazing. You see the waterfall from above. You cannot go down to the beach though, you can only view it from the path above. It is absolutely gorgeous. There... More

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Long Beach, California
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6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Pfeiffer Park and McWay Falls is a must-see stop on a trip up the coast. The waterfall and scenery is beautiful. You can easily take dozens of pictures, but only from the cliff path above; you aren't allowed to access the beach. But get there early. We arrived before 10 a.m. and the line into the park was short, parking... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Right across the highway from the entrance to the Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park is a beautiful, short, and easy hike along the cliffs above the ocean. The highlight of the hike is the view of the waterfall that flows down onto the beach. You see the waterfall from above, and from across the beach. As you walk along the... More

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Don't miss this short hike/walk -- although the falls isn't as powerful as something you'd see in the Pacific Northwest, it is beautiful as it dumps into the ocean. The lone palm tree adds a sweet touch and if you are as lucky as we were, you'll see California Condors swooping in and sitting in the trees. A real sight... More

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Kingsbridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Superb beach - truly stunning location but in order to preserve this quality it is closed from entry to the general public- you can only observe the beach from the cliff path constructed above it. When we visited some members of the public clearly weren't happy with this restriction and had climbed down and written love hearts and initials in... More

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