McWay Falls
McWay Falls
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A unique 80-foot tidefall in the Julia Pfieffer Burns State Park—the water appears to cascade directly into the ocean during high tide, while low tide reveals the sandy beach below. Try spotting condors overhead during the short nature walk from the parking lot to the viewing point. The area has inland and coastal hiking trails and is an excellent spot for whale watching in December and January. McWay Waterfall is popular with tourists and locales and is often crowded, especially towards sunset—consider visiting during sunrise instead. Either way, it’s an unforgettable pitstop on your Big Sur road trip. – Tripadvisor
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Paul Smith Palliser
Peru276 contributions
Jul 2022
Amazing waterfall with great views. You have to do a small hike from car lot to waterfall but it won't take you more than 5 to 10 minutes to get to the view point. Restrooms available that were OK.
Written February 19, 2023
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RudySzymon
Chicago, IL753 contributions
Nov 2022
The walkway to see the water fall is closed with fence and gate. Looks like it was about to collapse. It is better to see it from the road than from the path.
Written December 14, 2022
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anniediane
Annapolis, MD26 contributions
Jun 2022
Short and easy hike to the falls. Absolutely gorgeous. Don't drive the coast without stopping. There isn't a lot of parking but stick around, people come and go frequently. The views are spectacular.
Written November 20, 2022
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Nikko Gandia
Monterey, CA468 contributions
Sep 2022
the mcway falls is a destination on my one day big sur road trip! i made a y0u tube video with tips and info you need to know about all 5 stops & 2 restaurants, so you can be prepared!

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free parking options at all stops and all are easily accessible to most and can be explored rather quickly.
Written October 1, 2022
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Bianka S
4 contributions
Sep 2022 • Friends
Spectacular view. Especially for sunset. The only problem is the parking. There are not so many places. And can be crowded very easily. But totally worth it.
Written September 18, 2022
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Super Traveler
United States12 contributions
Sep 2022
What a beautiful waterfalls falling into the beach. Easy access to tide falls viewing area. Self pay for parking $10. There are very few parking spots.
Written September 11, 2022
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DWH
St. Albans, UK21 contributions
Aug 2022 • Family
Avoid. We came to see the falls, filled in a ridiculously antiquated form to put $10 in a box for parking and then couldn't park as there was about 20 parking spots. There was nobody to talk to or complain to so we just left. Never saw a thing and felt cheated. I would not bother.
Written August 11, 2022
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Ashvp
San Pedro La Laguna, Guatemala54 contributions
Jun 2022 • Friends
Nice waterfall and beach close to Pfeiffer Park. Very easy to access, short walk from the parking area. We spent 10mins here and left.
Written August 2, 2022
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Bruce S
2 contributions
Jul 2022
Did most of the local attractions in the area- the parking area at Julia State Park under renovation.
Written July 21, 2022
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Christin L
Downey, CA15 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
Finding parking for our group of 18 people in 4 vehicles was a challenge but definitely worth the view. The falls overlook is a short walk from the parking lot easily manageable for the young children. We were disappointed that there doesn’t appear to be a trail down to the actual beach.
Written July 11, 2022
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