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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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  • Never seen such big seas. Even where the sound of the sea, ocean waves, big rocks, bridges, is very nice. With lots of points anyway, like three hours is not enough. You look and listen better road is the road along the sea was closed, so looks good.
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  • You can run several trails, u.a.zu a small waterfall, which are Reed Woods bundled a, stand still and enjoy.
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  • We stayed at the Big Sur Lodge in January 2017. The room was large and the staff were helpful. The lodge fireplace is nice. The room had no tv and no refrigerator. That would have been fine if the the...  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.