Coastal California Waterfalls (Big Sur and the Bay Area)
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This page is devoted to the Coastal California Waterfalls, especially around Big Sur and the Bay Area. I've heard this part of the state is the most dramatic place to see where the ocean meets the sky, and after making several visits to the area, Julie and I would certainly agree. In addition to the coastal views and beaches mostly linked by the scenic Highway 1, we've also managed to visit some waterfalls amidst these dramatic landscapes. In fact, this area captivated us to such an extent that we even considered getting married on the Big Sur Coast, which sat at the heart of this incredible landscape.
For the purposes of this section, we're dividing up this long stretch of real-estate into three parts - The Bay Area
, Big Sur
, and San Luis Obispo
The Bay Area encompasses the San Francisco Bay and the surrounding Nature both within and just outside the urban sprawl of the cities of San Francisco, San Jose, and Oakland. This includes the Point Reyes National Seashore, the Big Basin Redwoods State Park, and the Mt Tamalpais Watershed among others. In a nutshell, I guess you could call these the Silicon Valley Waterfalls since most of the high tech companies between San Francisco and San Jose are well within a day trip from most of the waterfalls in this region that we were able to visit. That said, we had to work for most of the waterfalls in this region such as Alamere Falls
and Berry Creek Falls
so day excursions would literally take the entire day.
The Big Sur Coast covers the stretch of dramatic coastline between Monterey and San Simeon. Since Julie and I have made many visits to this stretch of coastline, this was also where we have visited the most waterfalls as far as this region was concerned. Among the notable waterfalls that we've seen in the Big Sur area include McWay Falls
and Salmon Creek Falls
Finally, the San Luis Obispo area pretty much pertains to the wilderness areas to the east of the city of San Luis Obispo and Arroyo Grande. Julie and I were under the impression that this part of the state was not very well-visited so there stands a high likelihood that a visit out here would be as close to Nature as you're likely to find without other people around to disturb the peace. Given the rugged and remote nature here, we've only managed to visit just one waterfall in Little Falls
. That just means there are more opportunities to discover other waterfalls given the opportunity though we recognize we also have to come prepared for a bit of an adventure as well.
Moreover, one of the waterfalls in this region cracked our Top 10 USA Waterfalls List
. Can you guess which one?
We recognize that our humble sampling of the waterfalls in this part of the state leave a lot to be desired. So while we're keen on adding to this collection, have a look at what we were able to accomplish so far by checking out the tables and links below.
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To get a glimpse of what each waterfall looks like, check out the table below. Click on the waterfalls to read more about them.
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