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McWay Falls

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Big Sur, CA
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Amazing private cove & waterfall!

Photos definitely do not do this justice. After a super short, easy walk, you are treated to an... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago

Such a beautiful place. Do not miss seeing the falls. Its a shot hike that is well worth every... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Big Sur, CA
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Photos definitely do not do this justice. After a super short, easy walk, you are treated to an overlook of a gorgeous scene - cliffs, teal blue water washing up on shore, a beautiful waterfall cascading onto the deserted beach. Definitely worth the stop!

Thank AurorasEnvy
Reviewed 1 week ago

Such a beautiful place. Do not miss seeing the falls. Its a shot hike that is well worth every step.

Thank baci2003
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is one of the most beautiful places on earth, I believe. The history of the place is interesting as well.

Thank triptipper_7
Reviewed 14 September 2017

I always enjoy McWay Falls and bring my friends to visit the falls and the park whenever possible. It's a worthwhile stop if you are driving Hwy.1, in Big Sur.

1  Thank dkbuck2016
Reviewed 1 September 2017 via mobile

You absolute must see this amazing bit of nature! Even if you're not really into nature you can't not be wowed by this spot. It's just a great place to just stop, take a breath and breathe it all in. If you're into photography too,...More

Thank Katherine E
Reviewed 30 August 2017

Visiting this on a sunny day versus a cloudy/foggy day makes all the difference. This area is popular for low clouds. We visited this in middle of August expecting sunny weather but low clouds kind of ruined the view. The saving grace was a few...More

Thank Shan_Reddy
Reviewed 20 August 2017 via mobile

Short walk from parking lot. The waterfall, small beach, surrounding bluffs, and turquoise/greenish hue of the water is an almost breathtaking figure combination. Great view of the coast looking north at the end of the path. Two people beside our group of 4 at 5...More

Thank CharlieinTexas
Reviewed 25 July 2017

We have seen more spectacular waterfalls but this hidden gem was quite unique and well worth a visit.

3  Thank GRIMS
Reviewed 5 May 2017

The day my husband and I drove the beautiful Pacific Coast hwy it was very foggy. This didn't stop us from going to see McWay falls. Even in the fog it was beautiful. The colors of blue in the water were amazing and the flowers...More

2  Thank Myflowergirls2
Reviewed 21 March 2017

Stop and to read about information on the old house owned by the Browns that used to look over this monumental view. take your time, put the camera/cell phone down to take in all that is around you! This road stop can be done in...More

3  Thank learn2lovethis
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27 August 2017|
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Response from CharlieinTexas | Reviewed this property |
We walked through the State Park, up a 3/4!mile trail (trail 31, I believe), the rented electric assist bikes and rode approx 8 miles on the coast road to get there. Almost no cars on the road and no one in parking lot at... More
Tanya L
21 June 2017|
Response from WanderingLama | Reviewed this property |
Apparently not. That's what the park website says (tripadvisor does not permit links so you'll have to google it yourself).