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McWay Falls

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Big Sur, CA
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Nice but Not Spectacular

I guess my expectations were too high after reading so much about this place. Niagara Falls isn't... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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McWay Falls.

One of only two waterfalls that falls directly into the ocean. It is beautiful. A short EASY hike... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Big Sur, CA
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I guess my expectations were too high after reading so much about this place. Niagara Falls isn't too far from where I live so to me when you say "falls" I expect a significant amount of water falling from a height. This was more like...More

Thank OnTheRochs
Reviewed 5 days ago

One of only two waterfalls that falls directly into the ocean. It is beautiful. A short EASY hike accessible to all. It was fun to find some posted information about the owners of the property before it was donated to the state. Worth the trip,,,a

Thank Janice M
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Great hiking paths and gorgeous views! One of multiple hiking/sightseeing areas all in one place. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes because you’ll want to keep walking to take in as many of the gorgeous sites as possible!

Thank Deonna2
Reviewed 6 days ago

When you enter the trail, turn right to go to view the falls or turn left for picnic area. Both ways are an easy hike with lovely views. Enjoyed reading the information/story boards at the end of the hike to the falls.

Thank BDD_11_12
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Super short hike, like .6 miles or around that. The hike is on a flat path. The falls are gorgeous and run into a beach front. Gorgeous view and definitely worth visiting during your trip to Big Sur!

Thank Lynn C
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the main waterfall attraction of the Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and for good reason. The actual park has other great things to see and as a whole is wonderful. There are countless photos of this waterfall pouring onto the sand and into...More

4  Thank NeoNorth
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The pacific coast is a very beautiful coast line as you walk or drive. This stop provides you a view of a very small waterfall. It is an easy walk along the side of the mountain. I do not believe there is any longer a...More

Thank gjim195
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a nice spot but was not worth two plus hours of diving from Monterey and $10 to park. You may not be able to do it in the busy season, but pull off to the side of the road on Rt. 1, walk...More

Reviewed 4 weeks 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!

1  Thank AurorasEnvy
Reviewed 12 October 2017

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

Thank baci2003
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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).