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McWay Falls

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HISTORY

It is a waterfall that pours its waters over a small beach of the Pacific Ocean in a free fall of 24.38 meters high. It takes the name McWay Falls in honor of the McWay family, who were the first to live in the region. It is located in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, in the Big Sur region, in the state of California, in the United States, but for reasons of safety and preservation of the area, access to the beach is not allowed to park visitors.

WHY THIS PLACE

The park is named after Julia Pfeiffer Burns, who moved to Big Sur as a child and has always been passionate about the ocean and wildlife. When the Brown family bought the property for their vacation, Júlia and her husband leased a piece of land and opened a bed and breakfast for tourists who passed by. The owners were so impressed with Julia's affection for the place that in 1962 they donated the area in which she lived to the state of California, so that it could be turned into a park. This waterfall is one of only two in the region that falls into the sand on the beach, or directly into the sea on high tide days. The beach where the waterfall flows is not accessible by land, due to the high cliffs around the cove, but it can be reached easily by boat.

CURIOSITIES

Being inside the park, it is possible to take a trail of about 1 kilometer, which leads to a lookout (Overlook) over the waterfall, built on the site previously occupied by the Browns mansion. Or, leaving the car in a parking lot to the east of Highway 1, it is possible to go through a tunnel that passes under the Highway and that leads to the same trail.

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