Julia Pfeiffer Burns SP
Narrated by Russ Christoff

Following Highway 1, I paused for a moment at Julia Pfeiffer Burns, a day use state park, with an outstanding feature.

From high bluffs overhead, a beautiful 50 foot waterfall drops straight into the Pacific Ocean.

This park also includes a 1,680 acres underwater reserve, and 1,800 acres of upland forest and ridge country.

Traveling 12 miles to the north, I arrived at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park.

This 810 acre state park is campers and nature lover’s paradise.

Located near the Big Sur River, 218 campsites are sheltered in majestic coast redwoods, oak woodlands and grassy areas.

Hot showers are available. Day use and picnic facilities are provided for those who just want to spend the day.

Trails of all kinds abound in this park and appeal to hikers of all levels.

I enjoyed a hike to Pfeiffer Falls. It’s about a mile and half from the park entrance.

Trails which climb higher will give hikers views of the ocean and mountains.

On my return, I visited the park’s nature center. The exhibits in here teach people about the birds and animals that live in the Big Sur area.

Swimming in the clear water of the Big Sur River can be bracing on a hot day, along with sunbathing on giant boulders.

This seems to be one of the most popular past times in good weather.

On most summer evenings there are campfire programs for all to enjoy.

During the day time, Junior Ranger programs and nature walks go into full swing.

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park is one of the few state parks that have a lodge on hand for those who look for accommodations other than a campsite.

Guests staying at the lodge get to use its private swimming pool.

The lodge is also home to a restaurant, which offers a choice of indoor or outdoor dining.

A handy grocery store on the premises is a plus for campers who have run short of supplies.

If you would like to camp at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park or stay at the Big Sur Lodge, you will need to make a reservation. Make sure to call ahead.