Big Sur Campground and Cabins is surrounded by private property, but there are wonderful beaches just a short drive away along Highway One.
Andrew Molera State Park is located 2 ½ miles north, where you can take a leisurely one mile hike along the Big Sur River to a sand and rock beach. The trail winds through a meadow dotted with wildflowers, and through shady Sycamore trees on its way to the ocean. Once at the beach, you may catch a glimpse of whale spouts, or watch surfers challenging the rolling surf. No dogs allowed.
Pfeiffer Beach is three miles south along Highway One, then two miles down Sycamore Canyon Road. Sycamore Canyon Road is unmarked, so watch the odometer on your car and look for a sharp, downhill turn off the highway at the three mile mark. It's a single lane road not suitable for RV's or trailers. Follow the windy canyon road two miles, where it ends at the beach. Pfeiffer Beach is sandy, with several rugged rocks just off the beach. At low tide, you can find numerous tide-pools to explore. Dogs on leashes are OK.
Big Sur Campground and Cabins makes an excellent base camp for day trips along the central coast.
To the South
35 miles: Sand Dollar Beach, Jade Cove
60 miles: Elephant Seals on the beach
66 miles: Hearst Castle
To the North
2.5 miles: Andrew Molera State Park, Old Coast Road
12 miles: Garrapata State Park – Hiking and beach access
22 miles: Point Lobos – Trails and tidepools
26 miles: Carmel – Beaches, shopping, dining
30 miles: Monterey – Fisherman's Wharf, Cannery Row, Monterey Aquarium, Whale watching, Kayaks
For more information on the Big Sur area, visit the Big Sur Chamber of Commerce website
Big Sur offers some if the most spectacular hiking anywhere. Three amazing state parks are within a short drive along Highway One, and together boast miles of hiking trails with gorgeous views of the coast, the mountains and the Big Sur valley.
Andrew Molera State Park, located 2 ½ miles north, has several options for hikes of varying lengths. Meadows displaying wildflowers, mountain ridge tops with views of the ocean, and the beach are all available at Molera.
A short 1 ½ mile drive south takes you to Pfeiffer State Park. Relax by taking a leisurely stroll through an ancient redwood forest on your way to Pfeiffer Falls, or climb to the top of the Oak Grove trail to take in breathtaking views of the Big Sur valley. The Mount Manuel trail offers an even bigger challenge, climbing to the top of Manuel Peak, and rewarding you with views you'll never forget.
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park is twelve miles south. Hike the Ewoldsen Trail or take in the beauty of a 60 foot waterfall cascading onto the beach.
Be aware there are no supermarkets in Big Sur. The closest one is in Carmel, 25 miles north. There is, however, a handful of small general type stores close by. They tend to offer a reasonable selection of basic grocery items, as well as some basic camping supplies.
Each winter, the Steelhead Trout make their way up the Big Sur River to spawn. Fishing is limited to the west side of Highway One, is catch and release only, and is open on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. The season can vary from year to year, but generally runs from about December 1st through March 1st.
No, there are no bears in Big Sur, but you will probably see raccoons, squirrels, deer, Stellar Jays and perhaps the occasional fox, bobcat, coyote, or wild turkey.