Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park which includes mountains, general coastal views and landscape views
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Hike, camp or picnic among the redwood trees, waterfalls and dramatic coastal cliffs that have inspired artists, poets and writers for the past century.

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park is a 1,000-acre (400-hectare) State Park on the California coast. The area takes its name from John Pfeiffer, whose family were European settlers in the 19th century. Perfect for hiking, camping and swimming, this park features stunning views across the Big Sur Valley, the Big Sur River Gorge and the Pacific Ocean. You’ll see a wide variety of large-tree species, including redwoods, oaks, sycamores and maples. Also, keep an eye out for the wildlife, including black-tailed deer, raccoons, skunks and varied birdlife.

The best way to experience the park is on foot so that you don’t miss anything. Explore the three-mile (five-kilometer) Valley View Trail, which takes in Pfeiffer Falls, the park’s 60-foot (18-meter) waterfall. The trail is a bit steep in parts, rising 200 feet (60 meters), offering stunning views over the falls and the park’s many creeks and redwoods. More experienced hikers can try the 4.5-mile (seven-kilometer) Ewoldsen Trail, at the nearby Julie Pfeiffer Burns Park, which is steeper and more strenuous in parts. Don’t miss McWay Falls, which tumble straight from the cliffside onto the beach. The beach itself is off-limits, but for spectacular year-round views, check out the overlook near the parking lot.

In summer, swim in the Big Sur River, which runs through the park and empties into the Pacific Ocean.Pitch your tent on the park’s campsites situated at picturesque spots along the riverbanks. The park offers an information center, kiosk, restrooms, showers and a laundry. The Big Sur Lodge offers motel-style accommodation and a restaurant.

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park borders the Ventana Wilderness area, an additional 320 miles (515 kilometers) of hiking trails. The area is just inland from the California coast, 28 miles (42 kilometers) south of Carmel. Driving is the best way to get here, and there are also some coastal bus tours from travel agencies in Monterey. The park opens 30 minutes before sunrise and closes after sunset. Bring a picnic or snacks as food options are limited to a café and grocery store at the Big Sur Lodge.

Top Hotels Close to Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

Big Sur Lodge
Big Sur Lodge
3 out of 5
47225 Highway One, Big Sur, CA, 93920
The price is $275 per night from Jul 26 to Jul 27
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Big Sur. Enjoy free parking, an outdoor pool, and breakfast. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (656 reviews)
"Nice shade from trees, nice deck, details i.e. swimming pool not included in the expedia description. Neighbors across were noisy for the 1st night until 1130 pm. 2nd night was better."

Reviewed on Jun 28, 2022

Big Sur Lodge
Alila Ventana Big Sur - Adults Only
Alila Ventana Big Sur - Adults Only
4.5 out of 5
48123 Highway One, Big Sur, CA, 93920
The price is $2,307 per night from Jul 8 to Jul 9
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury resort in Big Sur. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the breakfast and the comfy rooms in our ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (333 reviews)
Loved every moment
"AMAZING!!! 5 star"

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2022

Alila Ventana Big Sur - Adults Only
Beautiful Retreat in Majestic Big Sur
Beautiful Retreat in Majestic Big Sur
Carmel, CA
Fully refundable
The price is $865 per night from Jul 18 to Jul 19
Stay at this property in Carmel. Enjoy WiFi, a spa tub, and onsite parking. Popular attractions Bixby Bridge and Garrapata Beach are located nearby. Discover ...
5/5 Exceptional! (5 reviews)
Great spot "in the trees"
"Great spot "in the trees""

Reviewed on Jun 24, 2022

Beautiful Retreat in Majestic Big Sur
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Best Lodging Options Near Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

Contenta Inn
Contenta Inn
2 out of 5
20 Via Contenta, Carmel Valley, CA, 93924
The price is $206 per night from Jul 12 to Jul 13
Contenta Inn
Big Sur Lodge
Big Sur Lodge
3 out of 5
47225 Highway One, Big Sur, CA, 93920
The price is $275 per night from Jul 26 to Jul 27
Big Sur Lodge
Alila Ventana Big Sur - Adults Only
Alila Ventana Big Sur - Adults Only
4.5 out of 5
48123 Highway One, Big Sur, CA, 93920
The price is $2,307 per night from Jul 8 to Jul 9
Alila Ventana Big Sur - Adults Only
Beautiful Retreat in Majestic Big Sur
Beautiful Retreat in Majestic Big Sur
Carmel, CA
The price is $865 per night from Jul 18 to Jul 19
Beautiful Retreat in Majestic Big Sur
Carmel Valley Villa Near Hiking & Wine Tasting
Carmel Valley Villa Near Hiking & Wine Tasting
Carmel Valley, CA
The price is $380 per night from Jul 18 to Jul 19
Carmel Valley Villa Near Hiking & Wine Tasting
Mountain Paradise in Carmel Valley + Heated Pool!
Mountain Paradise in Carmel Valley + Heated Pool!
Carmel Valley, CA
The price is $850 per night from Jul 11 to Jul 12
Mountain Paradise in Carmel Valley + Heated Pool!
Carmel Valley's Little Cottage by the Creek
Carmel Valley's Little Cottage by the Creek
Carmel Valley, CA
Carmel Valley's Little Cottage by the Creek
CARMEL VALLEY HERMES COTTAGE On Estate Pool and Game room
CARMEL VALLEY HERMES COTTAGE On Estate Pool and Game room
Carmel Valley, CA
The price is $6,180 per night from Jun 30 to Jul 1
CARMEL VALLEY HERMES COTTAGE On Estate Pool and Game room
Hidden Valley Inn
Hidden Valley Inn
2.5 out of 5
102 West Carmel Valley Rd, Carmel Valley, CA, 93924
The price is $239 per night from Jun 30 to Jul 1
Hidden Valley Inn
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