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.
McWay Falls reviews
Wonderful view from above after walking through a tunnel and seeing ‘the light’ - it was a little windy and chilly but at least it was sunny! Easy walk from the parking lot, too! more »
The waterfall is small and the parking and short hike in is crowded but the water colors are Beautiful near the waterfall! more »
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.
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