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Point Sur State Historic Park

Station 1, Big Sur, California 93920 USA

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“The only lightstation open to the public”

The Point Sur Lightstation sits 361 feet above the surf on a large volcanic rock. Point Sur is the only complete turn-of-the century Lightstation open to the public in California, and is on the National Register of Historic Places. First lit on August 1, 1889, the lighthouse has remained in continuous operation. Lighthouse keepers and their families lived at the site from 1889 to 1974 when the lighthouse was automated. Today the Lightstation buildings are being restored through the efforts of park staff, State Park volunteers and the non-profit Central Coast Lighthouse Keepers. The Lightstation is open to the public only through docent-led tours. Established in 1957, the former Point Sur Naval Facility (NAVFAC) was once part of a worldwide network of defensive listening stations that tracked the movement of Soviet submarines. The Point Sur NAVFAC is one of the remaining Sound Surveillance System (SOSUS) facilities, and the only one remaining on the West Coast. For the most part, other SOSUS facilities were parts of larger military complexes, while Point Sur was established as a stand-alone, self-sufficient base.

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  • 5 Helpful
April 26, 2015

Picture is not from Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. Location on map is not accurate. Park is south of Fernwood. Previous review not accurate regarding McWay Falls. Water fall is at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park which is another 12-15 miles south of Pfeiffer Big Sur SP. Hiking down to the beach is illegal. Many serious injuries and deaths from those attempting...plus you will be ticketed from Park Rangers.

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Tatiana Danger

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August 30, 2014
Rated 3.0

When you visit Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park you can get a gorgeous shot of McWay Falls, though I wouldn't recommend hiking down to the waterfall cove, it's a bit treacherous and not suggested.

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May 28, 2018
Rated 4.0

This is a wonderful place full of history. Due check out there web sight for hours. The views are spectacular!

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April 18, 2016

Any ideas of where to camp (Rv plus tent) about half way between Monterey and LA for just one night .. Thanx 😄

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Point Sur State Historic Park

Station 1
Big Sur, California
93920 USA


Open now until 9:00 pm
  • Sun - Sat: 8:00 am - 9:00 pm

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