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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 Continue reading...

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.

Campsite area
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No. of sites
174
RV details
Not specified
RV hookups
Sewage
Access
Park at listing
Group sizes
Up to 35 people per site
Potable water available
Fires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Showers available
Picnic table available
Beach
Forest
Hot spring
Swimming hole
Cave
Desert
Lake
Redwoods
River, stream or creek
Waterfall
Biking
Fishing
Hiking
Paddling
Swimming
Wildlife watching
Boating
Horseback riding
Wind sports
OHV
Climbing
Snow sports
Surfing
Whitewater paddling
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Hipcamper Nate
Nate
didn't provide a recommendation.
April 28th, 2015

We stayed at campsite 177 based on Sarah's recommendation and loved it. Right on the river, and within a stones throw to the bathrooms. I would definitely check out the Valley View Trail nearby.

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Hipcamper Sarah
Sarah
didn't provide a recommendation.
March 25th, 2015

I loved this campground! Redwoods are everywhere and the river sites (171-179) were great. I was also envious of campers in the 140s sites that many were among a forest of Redwoods.

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Hipcamper Mikey
Mikey
didn't provide a recommendation.
March 21st, 2016

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!!!

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Hipcamper Peter
Peter
didn't provide a recommendation.
November 5th, 2015

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.

Hipcamper Briana
Briana
didn't provide a recommendation.
June 2nd, 2015

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.)

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Hipcamper Brooke
Brooke
didn't provide a recommendation.
August 19th, 2015

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.

Hipcamper Stef
Stef
didn't provide a recommendation.
March 14th, 2016

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.

Hipcamper Jonathan
Jonathan
didn't provide a recommendation.
July 22nd, 2015

Great spot in the midst of old-growth redwood groves soaring beside the Big Sur river. This spot is ideal for its proximity to famed Big Sur trailheads and Pfeiffer State Beach.

Hipcamper Leah
Leah
didn't provide a recommendation.
April 15th, 2016

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!

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Park
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
State
California
Phone Number
(831) 667-2315
Directions
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Official Website
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Coordinates
36.246° N, 121.78° W
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Tent Only: 44 Sites
(Up to 8 people per site)
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Tent Only - Group: 4 Sites
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Tent / RV / Trailer: 123 Sites
(Up to 8 people per site)