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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Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Reviews
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  • October 4, 2017
    As my partner has been here before he decided to drive me especially through here on the way from SF to LA, stopping at Monterey and passing through Carmel in order to enjoy such a beautiful view. It ...  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    We were driving from the north down the PCH from the Carmel area and this was as far as we could go with the bridge out south of here. Still very much worth doing. I had heard about this area my whole...  more »
  • September 16, 2017
    Nice state park with many different hiking trails from easy to difficult. Staff personal very professional and courteous  more »
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  • June 18, 2017
    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.
  • March 13, 2017
    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.
  • April 5, 2017
    Fantastic, breathtaking scenery! Rugged rocks, waterfalls, beautiful views of water. Don't miss this, it is spectacular.
  • June 3, 2017
    This place is beautiful! Accept for the traffic this place is very popular...
  • May 23, 2017
    One of the most beautiful camp grounds on the west coast. Camp sites are along the winding river.

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