Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
4.5
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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  • NJOYNC2CA
    Charlotte, North Carolina673 contributions
    Beautiful morning walk
    Walked the beach in the morning. The beach and surf was perfect. Very cool keyhole arch with other rock formations to climb and explore. Next day walked up to the falls and valley view. The cafeteria is pretty good.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 10 August 2023
  • Waddler
    York, United Kingdom10,148 contributions
    Worth a stop
    Beautiful stop. Check out the swimming hole in the river by Day Use Parking 2 - the sun breaking through the trees turns patches turquoise. There is of course the more challenging Gorge Trail (you will get wet). The redwood boardwalk is worth a look. The Pfeiffer falls trail was closed when we went. Pfeiffer beach is closeby and worth visiting too, but not actually in the state park.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 September 2023
  • Stellan D
    Bromma, Sweden585 contributions
    Interesting park with redwood trees.
    Interesting park with a lot of redwood trees, some very big and impressing. Several trails from short and easy to longer and therefore more tiering ones. There is a Waterfall Trail but at this time it is closed but you can reach the fall via the Pfeiffer Valley Trail. There are possibilities to stay overnight in the park.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 November 2023
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Stellan D
Bromma, Sweden585 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Interesting park with a lot of redwood trees, some very big and impressing. Several trails from short and easy to longer and therefore more tiering ones. There is a Waterfall Trail but at this time it is closed but you can reach the fall via the Pfeiffer Valley Trail. There are possibilities to stay overnight in the park.
Written 19 November 2023
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Waddler
York, UK10,148 contributions
Aug 2023 • Family
Beautiful stop. Check out the swimming hole in the river by Day Use Parking 2 - the sun breaking through the trees turns patches turquoise.

There is of course the more challenging Gorge Trail (you will get wet).

The redwood boardwalk is worth a look. The Pfeiffer falls trail was closed when we went.

Pfeiffer beach is closeby and worth visiting too, but not actually in the state park.
Written 6 September 2023
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NJOYNC2CA
Charlotte, NC673 contributions
Jul 2023 • Friends
Walked the beach in the morning. The beach and surf was perfect. Very cool keyhole arch with other rock formations to climb and explore. Next day walked up to the falls and valley view. The cafeteria is pretty good.
Written 10 August 2023
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Thomas J
Fremont, CA2 contributions
Jul 2022
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I hated every state parks because they cost money, but you can walk in trails with limited time for free. Limited parking time is enough for a small hiking trip with a picnic. The tall redwoods are amazing. A big quiet river flow slowly. There's tables for picnic. Blue birds will fly very close towards you. The park is a nice protected environment in the harsh Big Sur lands, I would pick this out of all the Big Sur state parks.
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My family started the second day of SF-LA trip. We went from Monterey to Pismo Beach. I suggest you to buy lunch in Monterey and serve in the picnic tables. Hike the river trail. Pass the water. Have your lunch at the lunch tables. Hurry, or you can't reach San Luis Obispo by sunset. There's not a single campground or hotel for you after this park.
Written 5 October 2022
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Oct 2021
Don't go. It is a very dangerous drive. Did it with my husband Bob and we thought we were going to die. Avoid.
Written 3 September 2022
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Michael K
995 contributions
Aug 2022
This park has a bit of everything: redwood trees, waterfalls, and scenic river for dipping in the water. At the Big Sur River Gorge, there are quiet and calm sections of the river that are quite scenic and there are rocky areas with plenty of visitors enjoying themselves in the pools of water. To get there, park at the Day Use Lot 3 and follow the sign to the gorge. The Pfeiffer Falls is about 60- foot tall reachable from a "moderate" 1.3-mile out and back trail with lots of stairs. To get there, park at the Day Use Lot 1 and follow the sign to the fall.
Written 14 August 2022
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Christin L
Downey, CA16 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
This was our first time staying in the campground. After the initial frustration of trying to reserve sites 6 months in advance with everything selling out in the first few minutes, the rest of the check in process was easy. The sites are large and easily accommodated the 3 tents we needed. There was a creek a short walk from the site which everyone enjoyed. The bathrooms are well-maintained with soap and toilet paper. The showers always have hot water. Something we didn’t prepare for was hold cold it got at night. Since it was July, we assumed a couple blankets would be sufficient. In the end, we slept in sweatpants, sweaters, socks, and an extra picnic blanket to stay warm enough. Planning to come back next year.
Written 11 July 2022
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Sharpinv
Sisters, OR7 contributions
May 2022
Amazing vistas with a color of ocean water I've never seen before. We came from the south and it's definitely a couple of hours of hard curvy slow driving so the passengers definitely get the most out of it. IF coming from the south, don't worry too much about trying to get into the little gravel turn outs for a view - the good views come later and have plenty of parking and much safer to enter/exit. For someone that had the choice and didn't want to make the entire drive, my opinion is that the top quarter is by far the prettiest and has the most "official" turn outs, etc. and if we had known that I wouldn't have stopped nearly as much on the southern three quarters. Still, glad we did it all but cherry picking the northern 20 miles gives you 90% of the experience with 25% of the hard driving.
Written 27 May 2022
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stefdoj
Columbia, MD258 contributions
May 2022
On our trip up the PCH we stopped here to get breakfast at the lodge restaurant (pretty good made-to-order crepes), and then took a 1.5 mi RT walk through the redwoods to a small waterfall. Being in and among the fabulous treees was simply beautiful, and a great way to experience one of highlights of the drive.
Written 12 May 2022
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JDZatSF
San Francisco, CA1,119 contributions
Mar 2022
It was so wonderful hiking around here. We really loved it! Walking along trails, amidst the bid redwood trees and others, past waterfalls and wildflowers, all of it so magical.
Written 10 April 2022
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