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Where else can you camp on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean as Mcway Falls lulls you to sleep? That’s right. Not only does this campground have incredible views but it’s home to one of Read more...
Where else can you camp on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean as Mcway Falls lulls you to sleep? That’s right. Not only does this campground have incredible views but it’s home to one of only two waterfalls that empty directly into the Pacific. The other one is Alamere Falls in Point Reyes, in case you were curious.
It’s no wonder this place is so popular. You’ll need to book early…like, wake up at 7 am six months in advance early. We aren’t kidding. These sites are booked solid for six months the day they are released.
Fortunately, there are only two sites. So despite their insane popularity, you’ll still have the place mostly to yourself. Zen out in the morning before the crowds show up for the aforementioned falls. Don’t worry, the trail to the falls is on the other side of the cliff. It’s definitely worth the quick walk over to the viewpoint. From the overlook, the falls are perfectly framed by the steep granite cliffs that surround Mcway Cove.
Unfortunately, those steep cliffs make the beach inaccessible but there is still plenty of hiking across Highway 1. The park extends from the coastline all the way up to the nearby ridges, some of them 3,000 feet high. Take a break from the coast to enjoy redwood, madrone, and chaparral trees while you explore this park’s extensive trail system. Looking to stretch your sea legs? There is a 1,680-acre marine reserve nearby.
Big Sur has inspired everything from books (Big Sur by Jack Kerouac), to rap videos (I Need A Doctor by Dr. Dre). After staying here, you might just be inspired too. If you end up making any rap videos, please send them our way.