103. Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

Pfeiffer Falls
Coast Redwoods
Big Sur River
Mount Manuel

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park is located ½ mile north of the Big Sur Station on Highway 1 or 26 miles south of Carmel. Established in 1933, it is one of California’s oldest State Parks and has a rich natural and cultural history. There are many hiking trails in the park along the Big Sur River and through the Coastal Redwoods and California Oak Woodlands. One of the most popular trails is the 1 ½-mile round-trip Valley View Trail to see 60-foot-high Pfeiffer Falls. This is a moderate hiking trail and you should bring water and wear sturdy shoes for this 1 ½-hour hike. There are also Day Use picnic areas along the Big Sur River in the park, which are popular spots to play in the river on the hot summer days. If you are looking for a shorter trail, try our 1/3-mile, self-guided Nature Trail located near day use parking lot #2. The park also has a 200-site campground, with no hook-ups. There are tent and RV sites up to 32 feet, trailers up to 27 feet. In the busy season the park may be full with campground reservations. To make reservations in advance please visit www.reserveamerica.com or call 1-800-444-PARK.