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Big Sur, California

Take in Iconic McWay Falls

Originally added by Stephen Bellrichard

This waterfall is one of the most recognizable images of Big Sur. It's a short (just over a half mile roundtrip) walk to get views of this 80 foot waterfall. Get your camera ready!

McWay Falls is one of the most iconic waterfalls in BIg Sur and can be seen from Highway 1. The trail to the falls is located in Julia Pfeiffer. For all of you history buffs, Mcway Falls is named after Christopher McWay, an early settler and farmer from New York who ventured west in the late 1800s.

To get there, from the parking lot, walk back towards Highway 1 and look for the sign to the Waterfall Trail. If you're parked in the additional parking lot, walk back toward the lot entrance. You'll head down some steps, follow a wide path and then pass through a tunnel under the highway. Along the path, there are several points to take in the falls. Depending on the time of year and day you go, they may be packed with photographers, so be patient.

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Big Sur's Famous Waterfall

If you're planning your first trip to Big Sur or have never seen McWay Falls, it's a must do. Access to the overlook is really easy -- there's a parking lot, but also roadside parking on the west side of Highway 1 followed by a short walk. If you can swing it, plan your visit for sunset.

Great stop on the PCH

I drove up the PCH from LA to SF in 2 days, and I am glad I was able to stop here! The hike is ~.6 miles, which means that although a lot of people frequent this trail, many are in and out of this trail within 15 minutes. No excuse NOT to stop here if you are already on the PCH!

Beautiful! The beach is not accessible by people, so the cove where the waterfall is has been kept pristine.

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