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McWay Falls, Big Sur

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Waterfall · Nature / Park
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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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  • What a beautiful waterfalls falling into the beach. Easy access to tide falls viewing area. Self pay for parking $10. There are very few parking spots. 
    What a beautiful waterfalls falling into the beach. Easy access to tide falls viewing area. Self pay for parking $10. There are very few parking spots.  more »
  • Nice waterfall and beach close to Pfeiffer Park. Very easy to access, short walk from the parking area. We spent 10mins here and left. 
    Nice waterfall and beach close to Pfeiffer Park. Very easy to access, short walk from the parking area. We spent 10mins here and left.  more »
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  • A must stop on Highway 1 in the southern Big Sur area. Parking can get tight, and you can pull over on 1 on either side just north of the park. Falls are visible from road, but its a fun short walk to get closer - go into park and walk underneath Highway 1. Near end of trail at closure (as of 6/26/22) is the best view...
  • Very beautiful views. Beware the trail was closed after a short hike down. If you can avoid it, park on the road to save $10. A few people we ran into were confused where to find the trail down... it's right by the bridge before the parking lot. It's worth the stop.

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