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Camping in Julia Pfeiffer Big Sur SP

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Camping in Julia Pfeiffer Big Sur SP

We will be leaving shortly for our first camping trip with our 3 yo son in Big Sur. Could anyone kindly give us some insights/suggestions on things to see/do with our little one at this camp ground and the general vicinity? It's been years since we've visited this area. Looking forward to it!

Thanks!

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1. Re: Camping in Julia Pfeiffer Big Sur SP

Jules Pfeiffer Big Sur SP is fun. With the 3 year old, places to walk (easy walking). The lodge there is nice -and you can enjoy meals there. They also have a place for ice cream - lots of flavors to choose from. Of course, you'll want to drive from Jules Pfeiffer Big Sur to the beach areas. If he has a favorite trike (and if you have room in the car) bring it along so he can ride it while you walk around at Jules Pfeiffer.....

You might also want to include a stop at Monterey Aquarium (if your son is old enough to enjoy fishes); a stop at Pt. Lobos State Reserve; etc. Enjoy!

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2. Re: Camping in Julia Pfeiffer Big Sur SP

In the park there is a 1.5 mile RT hike to Pfeiffer Falls. Bring your water shoes to play in Big Sur River. Ask the ranger where to go. (I'm not sure if the river or waterfall will be flowing.) Dinner at the Big Sur Lodge seems expensive. Head on down to the Road House for a better meal/deal.

Hike to the beach at Andrew Molera State Beach - very nice; flat the whole way, 2 miles RT.

Or you can drive to Pfeiffer Beach. Drive south a bit, make a sharp right on Sycamore Canyon Rd.

McWay Falls is a must see waterfall ~4 miles south of Big Sur. The short hike to the viewpoint goes under Hwy 1.

Tours of Pt Sur Lighthouse are available at 10am on the weekends - might be a little trying for your son, though.

If you can find a babysitter and have a little money to burn, there is fine dining at the Sierra Mar restaurant at the Post Ranch Inn. Or for a more kid-friendly view-restaurant, head north to Rocky Point and lunch on the patio.

Monterey is only 45 minutes north. Pt Lobos SP is a great place to hike. Go on the Allan Memorial Grove hike. China Cove is beautiful with clear water and a nice sand beach.

http://www.bigsurcalifornia.org/

http://pt-lobos.parks.state.ca.us/

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3. Re: Camping in Julia Pfeiffer Big Sur SP

Thanks sooo much for your help! We've been looking forward to this trip with our son for several months now... We'll definitely hit up the water fall hike. Already planned on bringing water slippers as we're staying at a river site. And (if we have room) our sons' favorite trike should come in handy, too. Good to know there will be plenty of room for him to ride around...

Cheers!

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4. Re: Camping in Julia Pfeiffer Big Sur SP

First of all, do you mean Julia Pfieffer S.P. OR Pfieffer Big Sur State Park ? Two totally different things ..... One, J.P. Burns has only 2 environmental camp-sites, very beautiful, but not suitable for a 3 y.o. .... The other, Pfieffer Big Sur would be a better choice .... There are also some nice hiking trails inside the park, Pfieffer Falls, Valley View trail, or you can have your little one walk a ways & if your significant other is the strong-type, have him carry the little one a ways & go up the Rooster Ridge Trail, which offers a rewarding view at the end of the trail....1.5 miles south ( the SECOND right hand turn ), is a winding 2 mile drive down to Pfiefer Beach, very beautiful, But take long clothes in case the beach is windy ..... Now, the hiking at J.P. Burns State Park is good, but not for camping with a 3 y.o. ..... Good Luck Wahine, Kane, & da little keiki .....

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