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You know you're getting old when you can remember visiting JPBSP and being basically alone in the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Al P
Great park, very scenic

We thoroughly enjoyed our walk about the cliffs after our drive around the park. This is a very... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Annandale, Minnesota
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A breathtaking 80-foot waterfall dropping from the cliffs to the ocean is the focal point of this park.
52801 California State Route 1, Big Sur, CA 93920
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All reviews mcway falls state park short walk well worth the stop easy walk julia pfeiffer the pacific ocean small waterfall beautiful view the cliff along highway quick stop california coast beautiful beach pfeiffer beach trail road
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You know you're getting old when you can remember visiting JPBSP and being basically alone in the parking lot, and alone on the trail. Was in northern Cali last week anyway, so we took the opportunity to cruise PCH 1 from Monterey to JPBSP. The...More

Date of experience: May 2019
1  Thank Al P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed our walk about the cliffs after our drive around the park. This is a very scenic park. Our hike up the cliff area was a little bit of a workout, but well worth the effort. Take your camera with!

Date of experience: May 2019
1  Thank Tomv463
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Since part of the park was closed it's hard to say what ii's like normally. What is available now is not worth the $10. You see the water fall in the pic above. That's it. And you better be able to walk a lot if...More

Date of experience: May 2019
1  Thank Loretta L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The hike to the falls is closed. Estimated reopening is in 2020. However, there is a great view off of hwy 1. Park in a turn out for a view and a picture. Gorgeous cliffs, rocks, water and small beach. Go on a sunny day...More

Date of experience: May 2019
3  Thank JNSMac
Reviewed May 7, 2019

This is frankly one of my favorite places ever! Although the actual park was closed, the McWay Falls was still very visible from a Hwy 1 pull-off. Being springtime, the waterfall was flowing a lot, and the different colors of the water were spectacular!

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed May 1, 2019 via mobile

One of the prettiest places I’ve ever seen. The redwoods, the view of the ocean, the hiking trails, the flowers… Just amazing

Date of experience: May 2019
1  Thank Marktheshark027
Reviewed April 21, 2019

This popular Big Sur area state park along the PCH (CA-1) is indefinitely closed following damage to the park’s entrance station and restrooms from the usually stormy and wet winter. Fortunately, at least the park’s most famous sight, the beautiful McWay Falls, can still be...More

Date of experience: March 2019
4  Thank Steve5863
Reviewed March 26, 2019

If you're just driving through to see the waterfall, avoid the parking fee and park by the road/pullover spot shortly after the entrance. You can get to the side of the road and get some really good shots. It's also faster this way.

Date of experience: March 2019
1  Thank CrisFM7
Reviewed March 20, 2019 via mobile

Beautiful scenery! Lots of things to see on the property and inside the park. The main path by the ocean & waterfall was under construction, but we still were able to see everything we wanted to see!

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank jerrica123
Reviewed March 3, 2019

This state park has the famous McWay Waterfall and offers a great view of Big Sur. Currently it is undergoing renovations and much needed trail improvements along the highway. There are trails in the park as well but these too are currently closed to the...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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raquel r
August 8, 2018|
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Response from JeriLG | Reviewed this property |
If you are camping, the fee applies to this beach only once you have checked in and have paperwork. I don't think the parking fee gets you into other beaches.
June 18, 2018|
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Response from Bill J | Reviewed this property |
Some people illegally get down there, but it is extremely dangerous and you can be arrested if seen by a ranger. Don’t risk it!
Kim G
April 6, 2018|
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Response from Bill J | Reviewed this property |
The road is closed about 30 miles south of this park. I’d suggest if you still want to see Big Sur that you go south about 8 miles past the park to Nacemiento Road which is a gravel but decent road that crosses the mountain... More