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McWay Falls, Big Sur

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Waterfall · Nature / Park
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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  • 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...  more »
  • 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....  more »
  • 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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