Andrew Molera State Park Beach

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This is the largest state park along the Big Sur coast and since it boasts over 20 miles of hiking trails, it’s the perfect destination for avid trekkers.

Here, you’ll find open meadows, high ridges, groves of sycamore and redwood trees, a river, many trails, and one of the best beaches to explore in the area. 

The beach itself isn’t the most accessible, and takes a little effort to get to, but the scenery when you get there is top-notch - a long, sandy, rocky and driftwood-covered swathe that stretches along the base of the Big Sur headlands. 

This neck of the woods isn’t for city slickers, so grab your hiking sticks and fill your rucksacks with all the necessities, because this is the great outdoors. 

They even have two dozen walk-in campsites, so if sleeping under the stars and getting away from the hustle and bustle of the urban jungle tickles your fancy, then this place has all the boxes checked.

Some other activities you can enjoy are mountain biking, beachcombing, equestrian use, wildlife watching and surfing. Seasonal footbridges are provided for crossing the Big Sur River, which are typically open between June and October. During the rest of the year you’ll have to remove your shoes and socks to wade through the river.

One unique landmark worth a visit while exploring the area is the historic Cooper Cabin. Built around 1861, it’s the oldest structure in Big Sur. Preserved as a museum, it includes displays of Big Sur’s Native American and pioneer history, artists’ exhibits, and historical artifacts.

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CA 93920

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State Park


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