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McWay Falls

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Big Sur, CA
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Ranked #3 of 14 attractions in Big Sur
Type: Waterfalls
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Baltimore
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24 reviews 24 reviews
7 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

We stopped at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park to see McWay falls. The cascade is a short walk from the park entrance (0.5 miles). There is parking at the entrance of the park and a fee of $10. The cascade is small but impressive as is flows directly in the ocean which is pale blue. In this area named Saddle... More

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Taylor, Michigan, United States
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

We loved going for the short walk down a trail to see McWay falls it was beautiful and amazing there were alot of people around though

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Phoenix, Arizona
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165 reviews 165 reviews
48 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Once we left the Elwoldsen Trail we made our way across the parking lot to the McWay Waterfall trail for a very short, 0.64 mile, but very scenic hike. After a short decent down wooden stairs you walk under the highway by way of a large round culvert. Turn right and follow the path to view the falls and a... More

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Toronto
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85 reviews 85 reviews
65 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

The place is filled with amazing views. I will suggest stopping by there and walking through the trail. The trail is easy to walk and will take you about 20 mins or so as you will likely be walking slowly and enjoying the views.. Make sure you take your camera with you as you go on the trail as there... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

Great hike. But waterfall seemed little overrated. We have seen one in Hawaii :). Hike had great views all the way. There were lots of trees and points of interest.

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London, Canada
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85 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

This was one of our highlights on the Big Sur coastal drive. The falls are incredibly beautiful, falling on to the untouched sandy beach below, surrounded by the vibrant blue ocean. Wow! We took many pictures at many angles, our favorite is with the palm tree framed in the shot ;) There is free parking along the highway if you're... More

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Cambridge, Mass
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

This short hike is absolutely worth it, and it is relatively easy. Parking is accessible either on the sides of the highway or in the parking lot. The history here is great. There is no reason not to visit McWay Falls. It doesn't take much time.

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drew333
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

A must-see for anybody in the Big Sur region. A short hike to an astounding view of a waterfall splashing down on a pristine beach. The view is as good as anything I've seen.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

This was my third visit to McWay Falls....it never disappoints. I have a beautiful photograph on my Living room wall taken with a 35 mm camera (many yrs ago). When I arrive and find that the paths are intact, I'm always relieved, as they hug a "cliff".... Not for those with a fear of heights!

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San Francisco, California
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20 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

With a lack of rainfall the waterfall is less impressive than one might hope for. Lots of tourists, as there is little else to see in the park.

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