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Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

47225 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920
831-667-2315
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Ranked #6 of 15 Attractions in Big Sur
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: State Parks
Activities: Hiking, Camping, Walking
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St. Louis, MO
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115 reviews 115 reviews
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

Stopped on our way down the PCH, and took the hike to the waterfall. It was a moderate hike mostly uphill to see the waterfall. The trail was very busy which takes away from the beauty a bit, but you can't help but be impressed by the redwoods. A nice visitor lodge to refresh and relax is close by.

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Templeton, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

Took the Buzzard's Roost hike and saw a California Condor! Gorgeous setting.It took about two hours for this 5-mile hike.

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Santa Monica, California
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014 NEW

Was with a friend heading back to So Cal from SF and he had never been through Big Sur, so we took Hwy 1. I told him about the waterfall on to the tiny beach at Pfeiffer, and he wanted to see so we stopped. Even though it was foggy, the view did not dissapoint

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Fremont, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park is a very nice state park. It is about 30 miles south of Carmel so for those who want to see a part of the Big Sur area, it makes for a nice day trip to drive that stretch of Big Sur highway 1 drive and return. One gets to see on that drive Pt.... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

The State Park was great, but we had to go visit the surrounding campsites for more fun. For example, the McWay Falls was in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, which isn't very far. You can park on the highway for a shorter route to the falls, and I guess this also means an escape from paying the $10 entrance fee.... More

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Richmond, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

We stayed overnight at this park and enjoyed it. The campsite was pretty standard and you had to pay for showers!!!! We wanted to hike to the waterfalls but because of the drought it was just a trickle and we skipped it. Lots of coastal redwoods and we saw a bobcat!

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Auburn, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

Awesome campground and great customer service from those working the campground. They were very helpful and were able to get us into the campground. The place is beautiful and right down the street from the ocean. The only issue that I have is the kelp flies. They are EVERYWHERE and within seconds of being outside you will be covered in... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Despite the fire ban, we had a wonderful time camping here on our way up the California coast. Our campsite was in a grove of very tall redwoods and it smelled amazing. Lots of showers and bathrooms around, and the hiking trails were well maintained (many of them wheelchair and stroller accessible). I was just really impressed, and I could... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Great place for hiking in Big Sur! $10 per car to get into the park. We took the 5 mile Buzzard's Roost trail, which wound through redwoods and leading up to Pfeiffer Ridge, which provides coast views.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

This was our first night ever camping with two children under 4. The campsite is beautiful, with lots of trails and views of mountains. The sites are large and facilities were good. Toilets and showers were clean, small shop on site and a restaurant near the entrance. The rangers were also very friendly. Only downside for us was the amount... More

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