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Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, 821 acres in the redwoods and along the Big Sur River, is popular with families and may be the best place for wheelchair riders to stay overnight and enjoy the lovely but otherwise mostly inaccessible Big Sur coast. Be sure to reserve well in advance if you want one of the five accessible...
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, 821 acres in the redwoods and along the Big Sur River, is popular with families and may be the best place for wheelchair riders to stay overnight and enjoy the lovely but otherwise mostly inaccessible Big Sur coast. Be sure to reserve well in advance if you want one of the five accessible campsites or three accessible rooms in Big Sur Lodge. Only one brief hike in the park is accessible, but Pfeiffer Beach, just a few miles away, has a beach wheelchair, and the scenic McWay Falls Overlook Trail is 11 miles south, in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.  
State Parks Advisory: Many of California's state parks are reducing hours of operation and limiting access to facilities because of budget cuts. We recommend that you consult State Parks' website and contact the park directly before planning a visit.

Trail/Pathway Details

Nature Trail

Trailhead: Across the road from day use parking lot #2

Length: Under one mile total

Typical Width: 30 in. to 4 ft.

Typical Grade: Mostly level or gentle

The first section is slightly steeper than 1:12 (a typical ramp)

Terrain: Firm

On our visit just after heavy rain, the trail had shallow puddles, but it was not muddy or soft.

Description

This pleasant, brief interpretive trail parallels the park entrance road. Natural features are marked, but the free brochure of numbered descriptions is out of print, according to a sign at the entrance.  

Accessibility Details

The facilities listed below meet all of our access criteria unless otherwise noted.

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