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Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, Big Sur
(4.5/5 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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  • You need a jacket. Even when it is sunny and really great weather a mile away from the ocean as soon as you get close, it is very chilly. The wind mainly was below 50F. Other than that the view are am...  more »
  • this is by far one of the most stunning areas to visit. be prepared to be mind blown. It was so serene and i wished we could have stayed several hours. the scenery is so stunning and breath taking. ta...  more »
  • After Point Lobos, this was our next favorite spot to hike and enjoy the views along the coast. Only 10-15 minutes from Carmel Highlands, parking on the right (note that signs are not obvious). Enjoy ...  more »
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  • 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..
  • Beautiful and diverse area with Mountains, beaches, and Redwood forest all in the proximity. A must see!
  • 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.
  • Beautiful shady redwoods. Looks like the place has been updated recently. Clean facilities. Nice hike to waterfall. Restaurant food good and setting beautiful. Looks like a peaceful place to camp.