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
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
174 sites
Up to 35 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Showers available
Picnic table available


Offered near the campground.


Biking at Pfeiffer Big Sur is an activity best left to expert bikers as the rides are difficult and you’ll have to pay close at...Read more


When hit at the right time, Pfeiffer Big Sur can be an awesome place for a little fly fishing west of Higway 1. Give the Califo...Read more


They don’t call this place “mini Yosemite” for nothing! Take a hike through the massive oaks, conifers and redwoods or take you...Read more


Kayaking close to Pfeiffer Big Sur park can be an exciting escapade for experienced kayakers. With the help of a guide, less ...Read more


Visitors can swim at the large beach, but if you want the more “local” experience, go check out The Gorge. It’s located about 0...Read more

Wildlife watching

Between open meadows and redwoods, it is no wonder why there is so much wildlife in Pfeiffer Big Sur. While on the trails, natu...Read more


Natural features you'll find at Pfeiffer Big Sur Campground.

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Hipcamper Nate
Nate K.
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.

Campsite 177, looking from the river.The path leading up towards Valley View TrailHiking towards Valley View Trail
Hipcamper Sarah
Sarah V.
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.

Nearby Julia Pfeffier Burns SP is home to the famous McWay Falls, but due to extremely limited camping there.. (2 sites) Pfeiffer Big Sur SP is the closest option, and it does not disappoint! Be among views such as these...
Hipcamper Mikey
Mikey M.
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!!!

Sign off of HWY 1
Hipcamper Peter
Peter S.
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 K.
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.)

Site 121 - surprisingly roomy and very close to the bathrooms and the river. A spot that gets enough shade and enough sun at the same time. Watch out for skunks!
Hipcamper Brooke
Brooke N.
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 G.
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 Joseph
Joseph B.
recommends this listing.
January 28th, 2020

Big Sur has some scenic views along the Vista Points on PCH. About 30 minutes in either direction of the park you'll find iconic locations such as the Big Sur Lighthouse and Bixby Bridge. In the park are dozens of scenic hikes alongside streams and creeks. The campground itself is well maintained and has a lot of amenities, including hot showers.

Fishing is highly regulated in the area. If you do fish, there is little cellular signal in the area. Make sure you call ahead of time to get the rules on any body of water you plan on fishing in.

Hipcamper Jonathan
Jonathan M.
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.

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
United States
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(831) 667-2315
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36.246° N, 121.78° W
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