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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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McWay falls

One my favorite places to visit. Fantastic scenery and spot. The trail to the waterfall lookout is a quick hike and worth the view. This trip was at sunset.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Stacey C
Antioch, California
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Antioch, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

One my favorite places to visit. Fantastic scenery and spot. The trail to the waterfall lookout is a quick hike and worth the view. This trip was at sunset.

Thank Stacey C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What an amazing place to visit. Spectacular views which take your breath away. Don't forget your camera - you'll need it!

Thank jo w
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Another EPIC spot in Big Sur! Well worth the parking fee of you choose to go that route of entry. A beautiful private beach that is perfect for a picnic or any beach activity! Don't forget the camera because many surprises await you around the corner!

Thank Brent O
Carmel, California
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200 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent a few hours walking this special Park as part of the Big Sur Forage Festival. Ranger Sara was absolutely wonderful in pointing our Park highlights and history and answering non-stop questions from our group of 30+ people. The Park is SO special --- but the staff, as represented by Sara today, are special as well! Thank you.

Thank Jim W
Toronto, Canada
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42 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited Pfeiffer-Big Sur State Park during our whirlwind day-long trip through Big Sur and opted to complete the Pfeiffer Falls hike. It was a steep but fun experience. The actual waterfall is not what I would call majestic (save that expectation for McWay Falls) but the hike itself was a great experience. Wear good shoes and bring bottles of... More 

Thank LBinTO7
Mound City, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

Not many places can you find a waterfall falling right onto the beach, but this is the place! This is a state park so you do have to pay to get in and then hike just a bit for the view. This is a level simple hike. Unfortunately you cannot walk to the beach but have to view this amazing... More 

1 Thank MarvinPam2013
Gold Point, NV
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69 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

The reason I gave it 4/5 is because of closures due to heavy rain the day before. With limited access I feel I missed out. Friendly staff at the overpriced gift store.

Thank Cindy S
Camarillo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

When there is water in the creek, not always guaranteed, it is a treat to walk in Big Sur Creek. Still, anytime, it is an awesome experience to walk in Big Sur State Park. Truly a world class location.

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Upstate, NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015 via mobile

Enjoyed an afternoon hike at the park to Pfeiffer Falls. We'll marked. Fairly steep. Our 10 - year old was fine. Took about and hour there and back. Nice waterfall at the 3rd of that particular trail. Saw a few nice redwoods near the trailhead and along the way. $10 to park.

Thank Im_with_Bobo
Los Angeles
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015

To visit State Parks like this one and to bask in the wisdom of people come and gone a long time ago - thank them for their generosity

Thank fay V

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