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Address: Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Big Sur, CA
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This is a truly beautiful spot to visit...it is absolutely gorgeous seeing the waterfall fall into the ocean....the cove is beautiful as well, but you can no longer get down there... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 6, 2015
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Pahrump, Nevada, United States
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Pahrump, Nevada, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 NEW

This is a truly beautiful spot to visit...it is absolutely gorgeous seeing the waterfall fall into the ocean....the cove is beautiful as well, but you can no longer get down there because of a land washout.....the view is still spectacular from the trail....this is one of the only places a waterfall goes right into the ocean!

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Huntington Beach, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 NEW

We pulled off the road to check out McWay Falls and it is definitely worth it! It was beautiful! You can get amazing pictures from the road without doing the trail below. The trail below doesn't give you access to the beach and honestly the pictures aren't that much better than from the road. It's definitely worth stopping for though!

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Seagrove Beach, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 NEW

A beautiful beach to look down on. You can only walk to the overlook point, but you cannot walk down to the beach here do to a land washout. One of the only waterfalls thats come from the hill and end in the ocean. You can walk the path, look down on the beach and waterfall, and a great view... More 

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Wichita, Kansas
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

A great (and quick) stop in Big Sur. Access to the falls is not allowed, but there is a trail that wraps around the falls with excellent views. You can see the whole thing in 30-45 minutes and it's worth a stop.

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Huntersville, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

The most gorgeous view of this Pacific cove and waterfall. Cool ocean breezes and and light crowds because we parked at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park parking lot.

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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

Just pull over on the side of the road (probably where you see some other cars parked) and walk down some steps and along the path and you will find the most beautiful waterfall. There are a few landings for people to look at and some informative posters. The land is private so no one is allowed to go down... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

always have to stop to snap a photo of this classic waterfall. this is one of the most photographed waterfalls in the world and its beauty never ceases to amaze

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Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

My wife saw this on a website a couple of months before our trip. We decided to add it on a whim, and i'm so glad we did. Very well hidden along the road, it demands previous research to make sure you don't miss the location, since it's on a curve at the side of the road. Your only tip... More 

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Santa Monica, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

A must see in Big Sur. If you park in the actual state park or along the highway, it is a quick walk (not really a hike) to a walkway overlooking a gorgeous cove with the McWay Waterfall. The landscape around the waterfall is breathtaking. If you continue walking along the path, you will come across an old home ruin... More 

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Arroyo Grande, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 via mobile

A must to see when traveling south of Big Sur on Highway 1. When traveling south there is a turnoff at the north end. There is a parking lot inland with a large corrugated pipe tunnel that connects to a path. It is rare to see people one the beach.

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

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