Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

  • Visitor center
  • Picnic
  • Accessible Restrooms
  • Accessible Parking


  • Visitor center
  • Picnic
  • Accessible Restrooms
  • Accessible Parking


Big Sur Station #1, Big Sur, CA,
Monterey/Santa Cruz
Info: 831-667-2315
Res: 800-444-7275
Half-hour before sunrise to half-hour after sunset
On leash
Allowed on leash in developed campground and day-use areas
Last Visited:
January 2008
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.

Trails and Pathways

Nature Trail
Time to Complete:
20 minutes
Trailhead Location:
Across the road from day use parking lot #2
Trail Length:
Under one mile total
Typical Width:
30 in. to 4 ft.
Typical Grade:
Mostly gentle
Typical Terrain:
Trail Overview: 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.  
More Info: The first section is slightly steeper than 1:12 (a typical ramp) In addition to the designated nature trail, paths lead to all the park amenities, including the campgrounds, amphitheater, store, and picnic area. Most of them are usable in a wheelchair, except where the terrain is steep. Trails leading away from the roads are too rough to navigate.

Accessibility Features

The facilities listed below meet all of our access criteria unless otherwise noted.
Accessible Parking:
Yes – designated accessible parking, van accessible, firm, level or slope no greater than 2%;

Most lots include disabled spaces

Accessible Restroom:
Yes – At the lodge, in day use parking lot #1 near the start of the nature trail, and at both ends of the campground. Campground restrooms include accessible showers.  


Accessible Picnic Table:
Yes – firm & stable path to tables, firm & stable surface, 27" or greater knee clearance

Accessible Visitor Center:

Other Things of Interest:
Thirteen miles to the north of Pfeiffer Big Sur is Point Sur State Historic Park and Lighthouse, where you can take a guided tour (limited access; advance arrangements required).  

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