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The scenery is surreal

Hiked Buzzard’s roost. 1.8 mi. Stunning. Photos won’t do it justice. The entrance to the hill... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Saint Louis, Missouri
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Worth the price of admission. Mother Nature is in charge here. Trust your GPS because there are no... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Boulder, Colorado
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Hiked Buzzard’s roost. 1.8 mi. Stunning. Photos won’t do it justice. The entrance to the hill which IS no small feat, was very humbling. Walking through the huge trees. Climbing to the top-pack water and maybe some small trail snacks esp if you skipped breakfast...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank BKennedy314
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Worth the price of admission. Mother Nature is in charge here. Trust your GPS because there are no road signs except a giant yellow "No RV's, No Pedestrians..." Spectacular beach, waves, and purple sand.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 12, 2018

We were told this park can be overwhelmingly busy but in mid-November it was not crowded. This park has campsites as well as hiking trails. The real attraction is the forest of giant redwood trees. When in the forest of giant trees it seems almost...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank jfarlam
Reviewed November 1, 2018

This is a great park with wonderful camping spots, but the true delight is to get into the wilderness at the trail head that terminates at the park. Go six miles in to the river and the quiet of the Los Padres wilderness.

Date of experience: October 2018
3  Thank Coastman3
Reviewed October 24, 2018

This park used to be a gem to stay at, but because of the enormous popularity of Big Sur, it has become an absolute zoo to visit the park and area now; not to mention the almost impossibility of getting a camp site. It is...More

Date of experience: October 2018
3  Thank EmmandPete50
Reviewed October 9, 2018

Surrounded by redwoods with a perfectly clear stream trickling nearby and the sunlight cutting through the tree canopy is the most perfect way to wake up from a night under canvass. The campsite is delightful with enough space for everyone to spread out and find...More

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank Worrals
Reviewed October 7, 2018 via mobile

This is another must on your LA to SF drive. Views and scenery that you have to see, feel and breathe yourself.... photos do not do this justice. This was perfect to follow the 17 Mile Drive at Pebble Beach.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Shane M
Reviewed September 27, 2018 via mobile

Friend and I loved our campground stay for one night. She drove and I was biking the coast. The campsites were spacious and the no noise rule was intact making for a very personal camping experience where neighbors didn't intrude at all. Restrooms and showers...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Baywalk827
Reviewed September 8, 2018

Lovely redwoods at the beginning and a good workout to the top. Were here right after labor day so it was a bit quieter. A little disappointed to find out that our state park fee did not cover Pfeiffer Beach, which is managed by the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank visagegyc
Reviewed September 1, 2018

Don't rush, drive slowly! Saw lots of expensive sports cars on the road, and why not? This is the setting where you want to drive it; seaside views, curvy bends in the road etc.!

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank higoomgala
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November 17, 2018|
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Response from Worrals | Reviewed this property |
As the others have said the visitor area is a great place. We sat here and watched three deer, a mom and two young ones, just wandering slowly along the stream and into the woods. The area also attracts squirrels and birds... More
July 21, 2018|
Response from julie248 | Reviewed this property |
It's the same.
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Kingswinford, United Kingdom
Big Sur - 1 day (2 Replies)
Travelling the Big Sur on 2nd July from Monterey to Hotel Pismo Beach I have a whole day say 6-7 hours given have a hotel booked at Pismo Beach, after that the next day drive to Santa Barbara. Is this a good selection of parks and vista points to visit:- - Point Lobos - 2hrs - Bixby bridge - Hurricane Point - Point Sur lighthouse (vista point only) - Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park (Pfeiffer Beach) (1-2hr) (would like to see redwoods here, how long is the hike towards it? ...More
June 04, 2016|
Response fromMorholidays|
Thanks Julia Pfeiffer Burns state park - is this park mainly to see Mcway falls! Also i will be parking at various parks , will take all precautions to keep trunk and car safe (full luggage in car) ie nothing visible and not open trunk , any thing else to bear in mind eg not parking some places within or near parks?
Rohan D
Irvine, California
Big Basin Redwood State Park vs. Big Sur Redwoods (4 Replies)
Hello, I am making the drive from LA to SF by Highway 1, and staying the first night in San Luis Obispo and the second night in Carmel/Monterey (I'll be in the SF by the third day). On the second day, we plan on stopping in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park and see the redwoods (along with other things that day). The next day, we will push off from Carmel/Monterey and head to SF. I noticed that Big Basin Redwood Park is on the way, and was wondering if this park is worth the visit, since we...More
January 05, 2015|
Response frommini|
If you want to see another redwood park on the way, I would recommend instead of BIg Basin Henry Cowell. Its closer to Big Basin. There is an excellent nature trail and visitor center there which one can see in about 60 - 90 minutes. tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g32377-d11… In terms of if its a "must see", its one of many wonderful places to go. You will see a lot of great trees on your trip even if you did not go. The drive along highway 1 from Monterey to San Francisco is a delight...More
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park situation. (5 Replies)
Hey guys, I'm currently knee deep making the final decisions on our Big Sur itinerary and am in a bit of a pickle with the current situation at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park... We will be staying in Monterey for 2 nights (24/09 & 25/09) and have Point Lobos, Carmel and Bixby on the list. The plan was to camp in Pfeiffer for a third (maybe 4th) night and do the Pfeiffer Falls/Valley View trails, Pfeiffer beach and also the Sykes Hot Springs. Am I right in thinking it is very unlikely...More
July 17, 2017|
Response fromPattyC|
The Los Padres National Forest closure order that includes Sykes Hot Springs extends at least until December. Pfeiffer Beach won't reopen until the bridge is rebuilt. They're working on restoring the Pfeiffer Falls trail but parts of it completely washed away and I haven't heard an anticipated completion date. I'm guessing it may not be this season. If you're interested in traveling south of the bridge, I'd still consider camping at Pfeiffer Big Sur. If you don't plan to travel any farther...More