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Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

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Address: 47225 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920
Phone Number: 831-667-2315
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Activities: Camping, Hiking, Walking

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Wonderful. Awe inspiring. Stunning. The best drive I have ever taken. It was a beautiful day and the ocean sparkled and the trees were so green and lush. 17 miles of watching... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 31, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Wonderful. Awe inspiring. Stunning. The best drive I have ever taken. It was a beautiful day and the ocean sparkled and the trees were so green and lush. 17 miles of watching humpbacks jump and dive. If you like camping and hiking, what a place. Unforgettable - and free to see if you are driving down the coast!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Valley View and Pfeifer Falls are short trails and both easy. I saw children and elderly people hiking in both trails. Don't go to both places with great expectations: the fall almost doesn't have water, since California is on a drought and the Valley view has a very small area where you can stand to enjoy the view. If it... More 

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San Diego, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Upon entry to the park, we encountered a long line to get past the entrance kiosk, so u-turned, and parked out on hwy. 1, and walked about 5 minutes to the trail head within the park. TA describes this hike "Pfeiffer Falls and Valley View Hike" as easy and family friendly. While we thoroughly enjoyed the hike, and experienced the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

I drove down highway 1 from San Francisco, with just my child with me. The views were spectacular, when I dared to take my eyes off the road. There were very steep drop offs into the ocean, which scared the hell out of me. When I finally got to my destination, the scenery was breathtaking. Locals pointed us to a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

We visited the park last week as part of a trip to the area. We walked/hiked along the river, arriving at a lovely swimming hole and waterfall. It was a wonderful experience.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

We did the valley hike and skipped the falls after we showed someone the picture of Mcway Falls. They said it was nicer and we weren't that impressed so we did the valley hike at the fork in the road. This is harder than it looks and we saw people turn back. We went to the top so we could... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

We met so many people telling us that we have to go to Big Sur that at the beginning we thought it was a national park. So we went there and yes the coastline is quite rugged and nice but that's about it. No way to find somewhere to camp around unless you booked it 6 months in advance during... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

What to say about Big Sur, well if you have not drove the Clif Coast up to Big Sur, shame on you !!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

We have stayed here many times and always enjoy the experience. If I could I would give it 3.5 stars. Booking is a hot mess, there is a mad dash 6 months ahead of time on the first Monday of the month. It totally sucks. The new location of the ranger station is OK, but cars still back up which... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

This park was beautiful. You know California has perfect weather. My husband had really wanted to do the Big Sur drive. I usually get car sick. We discovered a trick this time, when I drove, I did not get car sick. It was very nice to see the trees in the state park. And the ocean view drives to get... More 

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