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Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

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  • Raj P.
    "Sleep with the Redwoods and the Big Sur river!"(3 Tips)
    Steve C.
    "Amazing hiking and extremely beautiful."(12 Tips)
    mark h.
    "... street, and hike up Buzzard's (which is just OK), or keep driving to..."(2 Tips)
    Elke D.
    "Well worth the detour via the mountain road!"(3 Tips)
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Lindsay B.
    Lindsay BrookeFebruary 16, 2016
    The hike up the mountain - not the one to the water fall- is amazing through the red wood trees. Challenging and rewarding.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • Amanda F.
    Amanda FaganDecember 15, 2015
    You have to stop here if you're making a trip down the PCH. You have to.
  • Catherine M.
    Check out the special Junior Ranger Adventure Guide for this park. http://kids.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=22783
  • Brandon K.
    Brandon KirklenJanuary 23, 2015
    Get there early! Parking is pretty awful and $10.
  • Josh M.
    Josh MillerJuly 9, 2016
    Worth the long hike from the main road
  • Steve C.
    Steve ColemanApril 2, 2012
    Amazing hiking and extremely beautiful.
  • Mary S.
    Mary SAugust 25, 2015
    I love this place!!!! Big Sur is gorgeous.
  • Mark M.
    Mark Munro3 weeks ago
    Buzzard’s trail has some nice views for a four mile hike.
  • 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
  • Paulina
    PaulinaAugust 14, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Hike up the Big Sur River and go swimming!
  • Jeff W.
    Jeff WeinsteinApril 7, 2014
    Hike hike hike.
  • Elke D.
    Elke De PourcqApril 17, 2011
    Well worth the detour via the mountain road!
  • 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.
  • Marni
    MarniOctober 20, 2014
    Beautiful hiking.
  • Andy R.
    Andy R.September 16, 2010
    The store closes on Wednesday, so buy ice at the Lodge store.
  • Gabriela V.
    Gabriela VilelaAugust 5, 2014
    CACHOEIRAS, HOSPEDAGEM CAMPINS
  • Jonathan P.
    Jonathan PercySeptember 21, 2010
    One of my favorite places to hike.
  • National Wildlife Federation
    Wildlife watch for Steller's Jay (Cyanocitta stelleri) Read more
  • Sophie W.
    Sophie WanderlustSeptember 3, 2016
    Superbe! Plein de jolies ballades.
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