About Pfeiffer Big Sur Campground
Take in the beautiful Big Sur coastal views at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. With ample shade provided by Redwood and Sycamore trees, an 80-foot waterfall that flows from granite cliffs into the ocean, and panoramic views of the coastline, this is definitely your spot for amazing Big Sur camping.
Despite the large campground (172 sites), there’s still room to find space for yourself. This campground is diverse with each loop providing a different landscape. If you want to be closest to the river, sites 171-189 are the best. If being shaded under big trees is more your thing, then check out sites 1-21. There are also 2 group sites if you’re with a big crew or maybe a family gathering. Regardless, you can’t really go wrong at Pfeiffer Big Sur Campground.
- Listing type: Public
- No. of sites: 174
- Phone: (831) 667-2315
- Accessible by: Drive
- Accommodation: Tent Only, Tent, Vehicles & RVs
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A wonderful campground that's beginning to become much more popular. We camp annually and have to book/reserve our favorite site 6 months in advance. Great trails that you can walk to from the campground and wonderful hikes just a short drive away (10-20 min.)
AMAZING Campsite. Not the most private, but located on a river. We had site 052 (off the river) and it was great for 3 tents (6 people, 2 dogs). It's only a few miles from Pfieffer Beach. There's not a fire ban, which is great. Lots of families, noisy(ish) on weekend nights.
Located 26 miles south of Carmel, touring bicyclists and hike-in's will find a pleasant group campsite for $5 nightly. It features 5 separate tent areas, although room for another tent is ALWAYS assured. Nearby restrooms and showers. Great hikes, great bike rides. Temperatures are much warmer than on the coast (6 miles north on HWY 1). A hidden tour is the Big Sur Lighthouse (limited tours) about 8 miles north.
Definitely book this spot in advance! Deep in the heart of the Redwoods, this car side camping was a blast for myself and 3 friends. The site was clean and quiet with minimal wildlife interaction. One of my friends (no camping experience) said that she felt so comfortable camping she would definitely do it again while my other friend (moderate experience) said she wished it was alittle more private and authentic camping feeling. This spot is a great balance for all experience campers who want to wake up under the canopy of redwoods.
We stayed in site 129, right across the street from the bathhouse and backs up to the river. The park is beautiful and the facilities are very clean and well maintained. Make sure to bring $1 bills for the show since the cost $1 for a 3-4 minute shower. If you forget or run out of beer the lodge gift shop has a good selection to offer.
Do yourself a favor and make sure to check out Big Sur Bakery on HWY 1!!!
Awesome campground. Massive redwoods, loads of wildlife, and beautiful sites nestled in the woods and along the river. Main camp is much nicer than the South Camp. Big Sur Lodge is well stocked, and check out Big Sur Bakery for great coffee, and Fernwood diner & deli for food, drinks, atm and wifi. Henry Miller library down the road is great for book nerds!
Make sure you do the Pfeiffer Falls hike, and if you're up for it, the Valley View. It's spectacular, but windy! The campfire centre here was built in the 30's, and is beautiful.
Firewood for sale at Ranger booth, along with $1 tokens for the mercifully hot showers. All in all, a great campground!
Camped under the redwoods, near the back of the campground. It's much quieter back there and the creek runs right alongside the tents. Wonderful all times of the year, including in the rain. Stayed in campsites #60 and #105 which were both shaded by redwoods and perfect for a relaxing visit.
We camped here in September 2015 and really enjoyed the variety of nature available. You can walk, hike, or drive to the beach but can also walk to a really relaxing river. The river is almost better than the beach as it's not usually as crowded as those beautiful Big Sur beaches are in the high seasons. The bathrooms and showers are high society compared to other camp sites I've been to! There is definitely poison oak, so it would be hard to keep kids away from it, but it's easy to spot.
Loved the proximity of the sites as well: not too close to hear your neighbors, but not a really far walk if you want to camp with your friends and occupy a few spots. We had two down the "street" and it was only a 10 minute walk.
It was the quietest camp ground I've ever been to, surprisingly since it seems to always be packed. Reservations fill up months in advance but sometimes you can call and get lucky if someone cancels last minute!
There were a ton of trails and sites to see around the state park. We hiked up to Pfeiffer Falls and Valley View. Up hill for most of it but absolutely worth it. The redwoods are beautiful and the falls is so pretty.
Be aware though, there is tons of poison oak so make sure to scope out your site.
Pfieffer Big Sur Campground allows you to be in the heart of nature among the redwoods (and near a river/stream) without having to hike in or be too removed from civilization. I loved being able to take a stroll on paved paths in the morning from our campground to the cafe for a latte.
We got lucky on a last minute reservation and was able to book campsite #49. While Big Sur is amazing, it wasn't very private compared to other campgrounds I've visited before. I wasn't aware of how close the sites are in the South Camp area but there were a few in this area that seemed like it could be a bit more private. Bathrooms/Showers are very clean.
Note: Cell phone signal/reception is low to non-existent once you drive deeper into the campgrounds. So if you have other parties following it can be difficult to coordinate and let them know where you are.