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Review of McWay Falls

McWay Falls
Ranked #2 of 35 things to do in Big Sur
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Munich, Germany
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed April 22, 2014

Definitely one of the highlights at Highway 1 from San Francisco to Los Angeles or vice versa.
But there are no signs at the street, so you need navigation e.g. Google Maps.
Go there shortly before Sunset!

Visited September 2013
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54 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
“Must see along PCH Highway 1 (featured in Dr Dre video)”
Reviewed April 21, 2014

To see this 80 ft waterfall (featured in Dr Dre's I Need a Doctor music video), you can park for free on the side of Highway 1 or in Julia Pfeiffur Burns State Park (McWay Canyon parking area) for a $5 fee. From either it is a short walk (less than 5 minutes) to see the falls and walking a little further there is a bluff overlook. Unfortunately, the beautiful beach is not accessible (at least safely).
If you have more time, the Ewolsden hiking trail is highly recommended and accessed from the same parking area.

Visited April 2014
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Aurora, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
223 reviews
113 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
“You need to check this out- very beautiful!”
Reviewed April 20, 2014

We stopped at Julia Pfeiffer Burns Beach and walked along a beach trail that led us to the view of McWay Falls. Wow! It's an incredible view. Well worth the short hike along the path. While we were there an artist was capturing the scene in oil. I'm sure this is an artists dream sea landscape. If you are driving along the coast this is an ideal spot to stop, stretch your legs and take some pictures. Beautiful.

Visited April 2014
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Martinez, California, United States
Level 6 Contributor
388 reviews
186 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 213 helpful votes
“Don't stop for the falls alone, but...”
Reviewed April 20, 2014

The falls are not big, and you're a long ways away. The whole overlook, however, is more pleasant than the typical highway turnoff to watch the crashing waves, look for marine mammels, commune with nature and whatnot. I wouldn't suggest driving in with anything bigger than a camper van.

Visited April 2014
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Baltimore, Maryland
Level 5 Contributor
52 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Wild and Beautiful”
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 Rock ranch, Lathop and Helen Brown built a home in the 1940s. From one of the rooms they had a direct view of McWay falls. The house and the ranch were deeded to the state of California which demolished the house in 1966. Only the stone foundation of the Waterfall House is visible today. The view of the ocean from the terrace is stunning. The wild beauty of this place with steep roads, rocks and the sea is more impressive then any of Greek islands I visited. One will need to reserve at least one hour to enjoy the beauty of this place.

Visited March 2014
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