Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

Currently Open [Closes at 06:00 pm]
  • Address: 47225 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920, United States
  • Timings: 05:00 am - 06:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +1-8316672315
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Hotel, Outdoors, Garden, Park, Entertainment, Family And Kids, Picnic Spot, Nature

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park - Review

Visit Big Sur’s largest state park where the hiking trails bends through redwood groves. This hiking trail is said to be one of the popular trails and it takes you to a beautiful 60 feet waterfall named Pfeiffer Falls, hidden within the woods. The waterfall is usually visible during December to May. While in summer, the fog keeps the park covered till the midday.

Other than redwood, you can see conifers, oaks, sycamores, cottonwoods, maples, alders and willows in the park.

Things to see: Wildlife – gray squirrels, raccoons, skunks, black-tail deer, birds like ouzels and belted kingfishers.

Activities to do: Hiking the trail and camping along the Big Sur River. 

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Information

  • Sections of the camping ground is closed because some portions got damaged because of storms in December.
  • Wear layered clothes as the weather keeps changing.
  • All park features are protected by law and may not be disturbed. Stay on trails to avoid poison oak throughout the park.
  • Protect fish nests in the river; do not move rocks, branches or other materials.
  • Please do not feed wildlife.
  • Pets are not allowed to use trails, the river or natural areas.

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Ticket Prices

  • Car parking : $10

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Hours

  • Open ½ hour before sunrise to ½ hour after sunset.

How To reach Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park by Public Transport

  • By car

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TripHobo Highlights for Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

  • Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Address: 47225 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920, United States
  • Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Contact Number: +1-8316672315
  • Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Timing: 05:00 am - 06:00 pm
  • Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Price: Free
  • Best time to visit Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park(preferred time): 08:00 am - 01:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park: 02:00 Hrs
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Things to Know Before Visiting Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

  • 48.38% of people who visit Big Sur include Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park in their plan

  • 68.97% of people start their Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park visit around 10 AM - 11 AM

  • People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

Monday, Wednesday and Thursday

95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

People normally club together The Esalen Institute and Bixby Creek Bridge while planning their visit to Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park.

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Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, Big Sur Reviews

  • Always a favorite to relax and unwind, I am moved almost 4 hours away and still find time every year to come back. This Park holds special place in my heart because of the relaxing beauty. A few years ago, the state did a remodel and upgraded the old sites; sad to see the old stuff go, but for safety reasons it was necessary. The park still has great charm. Check with the park office in the beginning of summer and early spring, as there is a spawning area which is off-limits during certain dates to protect the fish.

  • Awesome setting. There is a lot of people here, but the way sites are laid out makes it seem not crowded. Very beautiful. Close proximity to trails, beaches, some good dinning locations

  • I'm giving this two stars based on my own experience, with dogs. Not as a camper. The park is much smaller than expected. It cost $10 to get in and they did not offer military discount. However, the park employee said our pass was good for any other state parks that day. She saw the dogs and told us there were only two trails we could take the dogs on, and that each we're about 1/2 mile long. My sister had an ankle injury, so we weren't looking for anything too strenuous. The trails she described sounded just right. The trails weren't well marked, and were not listed on directional signage so we drove around long enough to realize just how small the drivable portion of the park was. We ended up circling back to the first parking lot, where we found signage for both dog friendly trails. The trails were painfully short. Little more than 5 minute walks. Not enough time to even stretch the dogs' legs. Although the park's redwoods are beautiful, the actual attraction for the park is definitely camping. I'm sure if we'd been camping, I'd be writing a four to five star review. It looks like an awrsome experience for campers. But as far as a day trip with dogs, it failed miserably. If all they have is two tiny trails for dog owners, they should just ban dogs altogether and save people their money.

  • Great camp sites, running river across from us. Clean bathrooms and showers. Most other campers around us were friendly and helpful. Park personal were great, able to answer any questions we might have had.

  • Dogs NOT ALLOWED on hiking trails. I still had fun with mine but that's a pretty dumb rule. I guess they don't want animals messing up all the nature. Also, dont touch sticks. You can buy firewood at extreme prices or bring your own but dont collect it. Even if clearing dead wood prevents excess forest fire fuel from building up. I was setting up my tent and this old bitty came at us like we murdered her tree friends because she thought the tent poles were sticks. That being said, it's beautiful there. There's some really impressive trees and scenery. Plus, the river that runs through the grounds is cool and crystal clear.

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