McWay Falls

McWay Falls, Big Sur: Address, Phone Number, McWay Falls Reviews: 4.5/5

McWay Falls
4.5
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Rachel548
Farmington Hills, MI395 contributions
Pretty, but short stop
Aug 2021 • Family
This is a beautiful little waterfall, but that's about it. The view is lovely but parking was tight and there really wasn't much else to do on this stop. Restrooms here was a bonus.
Written October 2, 2021
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Nathan U
Sacramento, CA923 contributions
Meh.
Sep 2021 • Family
Came on a Tuesday around lunch. Weather was great, very frequent traffic coming and going, and the mist from the sea eclipsed what could be a decent views. The walk to the falls was very short and took no more than 45 to park, walk the mini-trail, and get back to the car. Apart from the cloudy view, the walk to get there was a bit boring and the viewing of the falls is far. Bathrooms are on site and you can access this trail with a wheelchair, stroller if you choose to.
Written September 8, 2021
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eghr
Los Angeles, CA131 contributions
Quick stop ...
Aug 2021
The walk to the fall observation area is only about 10 minutes from the parking lot. Paid the $10 state park access fee and parked. Spent about a half an hour here. Unfortunately, the day was foggy so the view was not great.

TIP: The state park access fee is good all day, so after McWay Falls if you are headed north on HW1, stop at the Point Lobos State Natural Reserve. Access is already paid, since you already paid for access at McWay Falls. You could spend all day here with the multiple interior and coastal hiking trails. There is also beach access. Avoid weekends - the park gets full quickly and you may have to park along the road.
Written September 3, 2021
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CuriousOptimist
Austin, TX82 contributions
A Little Bit of Magic
Jul 2021
If you're driving the PCH or visiting Big Sur, this is an absolute must-see! The walk from the parking lot is easy and only takes about 10 minutes. In my opinion, this is one of the most beautiful scenic lookouts. The waterfall is mesmerizing, the water color spectacular, and we even saw otters frolicking!
Written August 1, 2021
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James c
Oklahoma City, OK43 contributions
Beautiful as expected
Jul 2021 • Friends
We saw this on a sunny day on a July weekday. Amazing view as expected. I would rate partington cove better, but can't miss, $10 for park entrance, its a small area but gets packed quick. I imagine weekends is worse. Gorgeous view regardless
Written July 19, 2021
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pdorschel
Escondido, CA124 contributions
Short stop for a view!
Jul 2021 • Couples
It is a sweet spot! You only need about 30 minutes to stop, walk the short trail, take a few pictures and use the restroom. Then back on the road.
Very pretty!
Written July 15, 2021
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roj1281
Houston, TX377 contributions
Nice view of waterfall and the Pacific
Mar 2021
Like most of these places, parking can be difficult, but it is an easy walk to the falls for a nice photo of the waterfall overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Doesn't take long but is worth the stop.
Written July 10, 2021
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Kristi M
Arizona36 contributions
Beautiful pictures!
Jun 2021 • Family
The view was beautiful. Definitely worth the stop. It is not a hike. It is a short walking trail from the parking lot. Parking is limited. Just have to wait for a spot to open up. It does not take more than 20 min to stop and see the waterfall.
Written July 3, 2021
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Amy W
Phoenix, AZ111 contributions
Average Falls
Jun 2021 • Couples
The falls are the most photographed falls in California. There is a bit of an easy hike to get back to them. We first went in the morning and it was foggy. We weren’t told that the falls wouldn’t be visible due to the fog. On our way back to the hotel we stopped again did the hike back and got to see them. They were nice but nothing that took my breath away. I have seen much better in Idaho and Hawaiian. There is a $10 a day charge and parking is limited.
Written June 29, 2021
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AGC
15 contributions
Beautiful Falls
Jun 2021 • Friends
Great place to view the waterfall but it’s just a blip on all the beautiful things you can see on Hwy 1. Definitely stop but know it’s a 15 minute visit then you’re back on the road to the next amazing view.
Written June 26, 2021
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