Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
Named after Big Sur’s first European settlers who arrived in 1869, this is Big Sur's largest state park, where hiking trails loop...
Andrew Molera State Park
Named after the farmer who first planted artichokes in California, this oft-overlooked park is a trail-laced pastiche of grassy meadows,...
Big Sur Discovery Center
From the parking lot at Andrew Molera State Park, walk south to this educational nature center to learn all about the endangered...
Maiden Publick House
Just south of the Big Sur River Inn, this dive has an encyclopedic beer bible and motley local musicians jamming, mostly on weekends.
Big Sur Roadhouse
This modern roadhouse glows with color-splashed artwork and an outdoor fire pit. At riverside tables, fork into upscale...
end of Sycamore Canyon Rd · interesting places nearby
Pfeiffer Beach information
This phenomenal, crescent-shaped and dog-friendly beach is known for its huge double rock formation, through which waves crash with life-affirming power. It’s often windy, and the surf is too dangerous for swimming. But dig down into the wet sand – it’s purple! That’s because manganese garnet washes down from the craggy hillsides above. To get here from Hwy 1, make a sharp right onto Sycamore Canyon Rd, marked by a small yellow sign that says ‘narrow road’ at the top.
From the turnoff, which is a half-mile south of Big Sur Station on the ocean side of Hwy 1, it’s two narrow, twisting miles down to the beach (RVs and trailers prohibited).