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McWay Falls

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Big Sur, CA
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We have seen more spectacular waterfalls but this hidden gem was quite unique and well worth a... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Attard, Malta
Beautiful even in the fog

The day my husband and I drove the beautiful Pacific Coast hwy it was very foggy. This didn't stop... read more

Reviewed 5 May 2017
Norwalk, Connecticut
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Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Big Sur, CA
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 20 March 2017

I visit McWay Falls often. It is such a picturesque spot. It is easy to miss, but it is a must stop on Highway 1 as you meander through Big Sur. The falls are beautiful as they spill onto the sand below. There can often...More

2  Thank kjhatmaker
Reviewed 23 February 2017

At least once a year I drive up Highway One because it is one of the most glorious places on earth. One of the special spots along the way is McWay Falls. It is actually freque4ntly seen in photographs, but easy to miss whyen driving...More

4  Thank huntress47
Reviewed 23 February 2017

This bay is more than beautiful. Perhaps you know it from photos, but you have to see it on your own. We parked at the street and made a short pause there. I have really to thank the guy in the Apple Store in Monterey...More

3  Thank c0t0d0s0org
Reviewed 17 February 2017

When you are on Highway One take the time to stop over here; we ended up parking on the road as did not realise that the next turning took you to the car park and a small tunnel under the road....this would have been better...More

1  Thank CassandraHolly
Reviewed 11 February 2017 via mobile

This is definitely worth the stop! Beautiful views and a short walk to see the McWay Falls. I loved the smells and the actual view of McWay Falls is stunning.

1  Thank David O
Reviewed 9 February 2017

We planned to stop here on our drive up the coast for a lunch picnic. The entire drive up to this point was breathtaking and the waterfall provided another focal point on this scenic drive. We walked along the trail going north to see the...More

1  Thank Carmela L
Reviewed 5 February 2017

The Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park is absolutely worth your time... if you're interested in visiting a relaxing and naturally beautiful location. There is an added bonus... often, the park is empty... and you can enjoy the views without having to feel pressured to move...More

1  Thank J4Travels
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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).
31 March 2017|
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Response from adamreebel | Reviewed this property |
There is basically no way to access this beach. I have known people to get down to it but it's illegal and very challenging if not deadly if you fall. Only way besides climbing down the illegal steep slope would be boating... More
16 January 2017|
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Response from Jackie W | Reviewed this property |
I would stay in Carmel if you can.