Looking for easy hikes in Big Sur, California? The region is famous for its beauty, and these quick and easy trails can be squeezed into even a short  drive through Big Sur!

Bird Island Trail in Point Lobos State Natural Reserve is at the very northern end of Big Sur. The trail is one of the most scenic in the park. 

Featuring the jade green China Cove, the pristine Gibson Beach, and the namesake Bird Island (with lots of birds in season), Bird Island Trail is accessible and about 0.8 mile. 

The Bluff Trail at Garrapata State Park in Big Sur features some of the most spectacular views of the famous cliffs of Big Sur. It runs along the bluff right above the ocean, with great water views as well.

The Bluff Trail can be accessed from the Soberanes Point mile markers 7 and 8. The trail is a little over one mile. It isn't accessible, but it is relatively flat and classed as easy. 

The River Path in Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park is an easy stroll along the Big Sur River.  Get up close to towering coastal redwoods on this beautiful Big Sur hike!

Featuring interpretive signage, the River Path can be hiked with the Nature Trail, for a pleasant family-friendly 0.6-mile loop.  

The McWay Falls Overlook Trail is located in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park and takes you to an overlook for unobstructed views of the famous waterfall.   

At less than 0.5 mile, the McWay Falls Overlook Trail is a super short walk, so definitely plan on stopping to do it one your Big Sur Drive!

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