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McWay Falls

Address: Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Big Sur, CA
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Ranked #3 of 14 Attractions in Big Sur
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Waterfalls, Outdoors
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Type: Waterfalls, Outdoors

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Acton, Massachusetts
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64 reviews 64 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

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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Bellflower, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

My friends and I had driven up to Big Sur from LA to do a three day backpacking trip to Sykes Hot springs and arrived at McWay Falls just as the sun began to rise. Nothing like watching the waves break on a sandy beach complete with sea cliffs and a water fall to start your day.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

It's a bit of a short hike for those wanting to go for the longer stretches, but definitely worth it. The falls are pretty but the water color itself is what makes it - super blue and refreshing. Nothing too crazy but worth checking out

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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

stunning view, easy boardwalk and historical commentary; right off road, so no fee if you didn't get the park pass.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Definitely a must if you are driving the coast through Big Sur! The area is beautiful, but can get crowded.

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Palo Alto, CA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

McWay Falls is in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park which is 1 hour drive from Monterey. The road (hwy 1) is twisty and turny so if you suffer from motion sickness, as I do, be forewarned! The falls are less than 5 minutes walk from the parking lot. Even in the midst of California's drought, the falls had water. The... More 

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kirksville
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

This was gorgeous. We pulled into the park and paid $10.00. If you don't want to pay the money you can pull over to one of the small turnouts before the park entrance and see it. The waterfall dropping right into the Ocean was so pretty.

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Hudsonville, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

The water is so blue, the rocks are gorgeous. Breathtaking and it seems to change by the minute. We will return!

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Vancouver, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

We drove up the coast from LA and I only had planned two stops. This was one of them. I felt that it was worth it! Honestly, a beautiful and picturesque setting. It takes all of 2 minutes to walk to this point so you don't loose momentum on your drive. We paid the $10 for the park entrance because... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Since it's just a short walk from the parking area it was more crowded than most of the other hikes through the park but of course it was gorgeous and not to be missed.

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