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Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, Big Sur

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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4.6/5 based on 550+ reviews on the web
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. To visit Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park and other attractions in Big Sur, use our Big Sur trip builder.
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  • This beach is beautiful, the rock formations are amazing with the waves crashing, it's a very romantic spot. We had lunch here, but watch out for the seagulls! The sand isn't as purple as some pics sh...  read more »
  • Jusy finished a west coach road trip from San Diego to Seattle and it was extremely disappointing to not see Big Sur's main attractions (closed due to fires in the area) 
  • Not sure there is any road trip quite like this one, at least not in the United States. Even our 3 year old was speechless (most of the ride, anyhow). Not sure I've ever enjoyed the ride to anywhere, ...  read more »
  • One of the best hiker-biker sites in the State Park system. Management here gives a great site for the international bike touring community. A laundry facility is located in the very rear of the campground. The other State Parks could take lessons from you on how to do it. Food and drink available nearby. A very nice experience here.
  • Great place to stop on the way to SF from LA or vice versa.. The park opens 1/2 hour before sunrise and closes 1/2 hour after sunset. There are many trails and scenic points in the Park and in the surrounding area.. Ragged Point is a great spot to stop for the night but a prior reservation is recommended as the hotel at the location is almost always occupied..
  • We visited Big Sur State Park with a 12, 8, and 4 year-old. The trails were well maintained and easy to manage even with the youngest child. The signage was a little hard to follow through some paths, but I feel like we saw most of the important sites. The boardwalks made it easy to get right next to some of the bigger trees in the park, which was nice. Big Sur State Park was a good 2 to 3 hour adventure for our crew.
  • Very nice park which is not that crowded like Muire Woods, with easy access and free parking lots for a half hour. If you just drive by with a little amount of time, make sure that you use the lots at the lodge. 30 min are enough to enjoy the redwoods.
  • This place is one of my favorites. Beautiful camp spots and cool swimming hole a short hike into the park. I've been here in multiple seasons. I'm not a fan of insect repellent, but I could see it as beneficial in the summer.
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