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McWay Falls, Big Sur

4.5
#2 of 7 in Nature in Big Sur
McWay Falls is one of the only waterfalls in the region that empties straight into the ocean. Rising 24.3 m (80ft) above the shoreline of the Pacific, this "tidefall" is accessible via the state park's 1.03 km (0.64 mi) roundtrip trail. Pause at the vantage points along the way to take in views of the ocean and the cascading waters themselves. For a different vantage point, you can reach the beach below the falls via boat. Make McWay Falls part of your personalized Big Sur itinerary using our Big Sur tour itinerary maker website .
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  • Drive to Location: Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, CA from Monterey on the coast highway through Big Sur is a beautiful drive. There is a fee for parking in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, however i...  more »
  • There's a parking fee, a 6 minute walk and a stump of a trail to see falls that are far away. Yes, it's pretty, but if you have been stopping at a lot of the vista spots along the way, you will see ha...  more »
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  • Amazing scenic view. No one can go near to fall. There is small trail to go and see the fall from top.
  • Park is closed so you can’t hike to see the falls close up. Make sure to use a turn out to get a glimpse of it from afar.
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