Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, Big Sur

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Known for its redwood groves and nicknamed the "Mini Yosemite," Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park stretches for about 400 hectares (1,000 acres) along the Big Sur River. A popular hiking and camping destination, the park sits on the western slopes of the Santa Lucia Mountains, an area covered not only in old redwoods, but also oaks, sycamores, cottonwoods, maples, willows, and alders. The park shelters some of California's most diverse habitats, providing a home for varied wildlife that includes black-tail deer, raccoons, gray squirrels, water ouzels, and belter kingfishers. Explore this scenic area by tackling some of its trails, which snake their way along the Big Sur River and offer views of one of its rugged gorges. Make Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park a centerpiece of your Big Sur vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Big Sur trip builder .
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  • Off shore bugs of the best coastline in California located halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles high waves and rocks pretty
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  • This State Park is a nice extra if you do get the coastal route along Big Sur drive, tips from North to South to do this, you can then turn that much easier on all scenic points. The State Park itself is a very dense forest, $10 because it is a state park entrance fee not included in the national park pass.
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  • Great place for an easy walk and scenery of trees and river...very well done, clean and fun...$ 10 to park and good at other parks as well  more »
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  • Pretty big, partly undeveloped park with lots of options to enjoy nature. There are good trails, beautiful rocks, great beaches. Allow at least 2-3 days to explore.
  • Park Aides are extremely nice and the views are incredible. A guy named Chris was extremely helpful with where our destination was. And also a woman at the kiosk was very helpful, nice and gave lots of information.
  • Fantastic, breathtaking scenery! Rugged rocks, waterfalls, beautiful views of water. Don't miss this, it is spectacular.
  • This place is beautiful! Accept for the traffic this place is very popular...
  • One of the most beautiful camp grounds on the west coast. Camp sites are along the winding river.

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