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Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

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  • Al B.
    "Beautiful McWay Falls is here."(4 Tips)
    Paulina
    "Hike up the Big Sur River and go swimming!"(3 Tips)
    Brendan C.
    "The hike up to the top of the ridge offers spectacular views."(16 Tips)
    Cristina B.
    "Ewoldsen trail loop is a great one."(2 Tips)
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  • Jillana B.
    Jillana BApril 1, 2013
    This place is truly a diamond in the rough. $5 entrance fee (cash only). Pack a lunch & wear your no-slip rock shoes. Watch out for the jellyfish & crabs. Don't forget, Take a million pictures.
  • Joseph
    JosephSeptember 2, 2013
    Big Sur is a great spot to be by the beach and a mountain like area. Big sur tap house is cool and so is phieffer beach. But look carefully because the road to phieffer beach is not easy to spot.
  • Divya M.
    Divya MulanjurDecember 29, 2015
    Must do in big sur. The waterfall trail to see mcway falls is an easy short walk really. Canton trail is beautiful too. Pay $10 to park inside. There's absolutely no network so come prepared.
  • Nico P.
    Nico PitneyDecember 6, 2014
    "Skip the hordes and head a half-hour south here, where the redwood forest is prettier and quieter. Hike Ewoldsen Trail, a five-miler with long stretches of uphill but amazing terrain." Read more
  • Angel C.
    Angel C.July 16, 2015
    Beautiful. On the ocean side, you can see McWay Falls, and inland, you can hike Ewoldson Trail - super dusty 4.5 mile uphill loop.
  • Jon H.
    Jon HauptJanuary 19, 2015
    Get there early to beat the crowds, but stay late to get the best lighting for photography of that waterfall! It can end up in the shade in the morning :-)
  • Jesse J.
    Jesse JohnstonJune 21, 2015
    What a wonderful park! The hikes here are few but quite steep and challenging. On a clear day, the views can't be beat either. Get in before 8am and parking is free!
  • Cristina B.
    Cristina B.September 22, 2014
    Ewoldsen trail loop is a great one. Can get very hot though as you climb about 1400 ft, but views are worth it!
  • Lindsay B.
    Lindsay BrookeFebruary 16
    The hike up the mountain - not the one to the water fall- is amazing through the red wood trees. Challenging and rewarding.
  • Brendan C.
    Brendan CurranAugust 16, 2014
    The hike up to the top of the ridge offers spectacular views. Well worth the strain!
  • ScottySauce
    ScottySauceAugust 16, 2011
    The Big Sur river gorge pool gives you so much room for swimming and diving and we even found a rope swing for added excitement and danger.
  • elisa g.
    elisa garciaApril 9, 2010
    The waterfall view hike is 1/4 mile and there are other short trails in the area. There are no trails to the waterfall. The drive there and back can be nauseating
  • Erich E.
    Erich E.August 20, 2014
    It's worth the wait for parking. And bring canned beer.
  • Raj P.
    Raj PatelJuly 10, 2013
    Great camping site with clean bathrooms. Sleep with the Redwoods and the Big Sur river!
  • Lisa G.
    Lisa GrzankaSeptember 3, 2013
    Helluvah sunset on the california coast. It's a little over 3 hours south of Monterey if you''re also taking the "17 mile drive scenic route".
  • Rebekah H.
    Rebekah H.April 21, 2014
    The camping sites get reserved for the year quick. http://www.reserveamerica.com/campgroundMap.do?selectedSiteRb=373&contractCode=CA&parkId=120045
  • Shelly B.
    Shelly BaxterJune 29, 2012
    Be sure to throw your trash into the dumpster every night..... we had two skunks visit our trash bag.... not a welcome visit!
  • Danielle N.
    Danielle NeufeldAugust 10, 2011
    You can park along the highway for free if you don't want to pay $10 for parking.
  • Amanda F.
    Amanda FaganDecember 15, 2015
    You have to stop here if you're making a trip down the PCH. You have to.
  • Al B.
    Al B.May 22, 2015
    Beautiful McWay Falls is here. Definitely worth a look at.
  • Rosalind S.
    Rosalind StreeterFebruary 21, 2015
    Do the inland hikes if you have time
  • AJ B.
    AJ BrusteinDecember 27, 2013
    Are you really here? If so you must have the Platinum service from your cell phone provider!
  • Brandon K.
    Brandon KirklenJanuary 23, 2015
    Get there early! Parking is pretty awful and $10.
  • David B.
    David BernalNovember 11, 2014
    Don't miss the postcard picture. It's quite difficult to access to the beach.
  • Josh M.
    Worth the long hike from the main road
  • Steve C.
    Steve ColemanApril 2, 2012
    Amazing hiking and extremely beautiful.
  • Paulina
    PaulinaAugust 14, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Hike up the Big Sur River and go swimming!
  • mark h.
    mark hullOctober 10, 2009
    Skip parking at the park. Park across the street, and hike up Buzzard's (which is just OK), or keep driving to Sycamore Canyon Dr and hit the beach
  • Mary S.
    Mary SAugust 25, 2015
    I love this place!!!! Big Sur is gorgeous.
  • Johnny L.
    Johnny LamSeptember 28, 2010
    If you got AT&T wireless there are no 3g service. Interestingly enough there is free attwifi at some places.
  • Kaitlin L.
    Kaitlin LeeMay 30, 2015
    Long drive - but worth it!!! no signal out there so be prepared.
  • Marjorie M.
    Marjorie MartinezApril 22, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    McWay Waterfalls - a must see!
  • Elke D.
    Elke De PourcqApril 17, 2011
    Well worth the detour via the mountain road!
  • Jeff W.
    Jeff WeinsteinApril 7, 2014
    Hike hike hike.
  • Brett L.
    Brett LiderJanuary 27, 2014
    Great drive-in tent-camping.
  • Andy R.
    Andy R.September 16, 2010
    The store closes on Wednesday, so buy ice at the Lodge store.
  • Marni
    MarniOctober 20, 2014
    Beautiful hiking.
  • tianyou z.
    tianyou zhangSeptember 29, 2015
    very nice!
  • National Wildlife Federation
    Wildlife watch for Steller's Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri) Read more
  • Jonathan P.
    Jonathan PercySeptember 21, 2010
    One of my favorite places to hike.
  • Gabriela V.
    Gabriela VilelaAugust 5, 2014
    CACHOEIRAS, HOSPEDAGEM CAMPINS
  • Gabriela V.
    Gabriela VilelaAugust 5, 2014
    MUITAS CACHOEIRAS
  • Sophie W.
    Superbe! Plein de jolies ballades.
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