Trip Planner:   USA  /  California  /  Big Sur  /  McWay Falls

McWay Falls, Big Sur

4.5
#2 of 7 in Nature in Big Sur
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.
Create an itinerary including McWay Falls

McWay Falls reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor traveler rating
TripAdvisor traveler rating 4.5
1,175 reviews
Google
4.6
TripAdvisor
  • 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 »
Google
  • 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.
  • Build a trip
    Tell us where and when you
    want to go, we will build
    the best sightseeing itinerary
  • Refine it
    You have complete flexibility on your destinations and itinerary
  • Book as a package
    Use our travel agents to get
    package savings and hassle free booking
  • Enjoy your trip!
    Enjoy our 24x7
    on-trip assistance