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McWay Falls

Address: Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Big Sur, CA
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Ranked #4 of 25 things to do in Big Sur
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Waterfalls, Nature & Parks
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Type: Waterfalls, Nature & Parks

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Sydney, Australia
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61 reviews 61 reviews
17 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

A mate and I stopped off the highway for the short trek to McWAy Falls and were so glad we did. Its only about 1-2km walk to the falls. Such a lovely view and a nice easy walk to reach them. Its a great photo of the falls dropping down to meet the ocean in a beautiful little cove. Very... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

As for this place, 1) Easy 1/2 mile walk from parking place at Julia Pfeiffer Burns SP to viewpoint. Limited staff here and you will need to put money in envelope after filling up form. But bad thing is, if you plan to visit other state park on highway 1 on the same day, you get no receipt here and... More 

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Weimar, California, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

You can pay across the street at state park, or find available parking on road for free. Very cool and easy walk to beautiful views.

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New York
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Beautiful waterfalls and hiking trails! I drove up the PCH from LA to Big Sur and the drive itself was breath taking! This was worth the drive! If you are coming from the LA area I recommend staying at an INN or Hotel... I went with a group of friends and we stayed in a hotel in Monterey. NOTE: You... More 

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San Jose, California
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31 reviews 31 reviews
6 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

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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59 helpful votes 59 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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41 helpful votes 41 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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33 helpful votes 33 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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26 reviews 26 reviews
19 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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