“From the Redwoods to the Sea” aptly describes the unique topography of Limekiln State Park. This gem of a park 52 miles south of Carmel adjoins the Ventana Wilderness area of the Los Padres National Forest. On the legendary Big Sur coastline where the Santa Lucia Mountains meet the Pacific, the 716-acre park offers peaceful solitude, a breathtaking waterfall, and seascapes of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Watch wildlife from the beach or along fern-lined trails and picnic among the redwoods. Deep within their forest sanctuary along the west fork of Limekiln Creek tower the four enormous kilns from which the creek takes its name. The park features breathtaking views of the Big Sur Coast, the beauty of the redwoods, the rugged coast and the cultural history of limekilns. The park has 24 campsites. The summer climate at this sparsely populated segment of the central coast is typically mild. Morning fog in the summer usually burns off before midday. Temperatures vary from about 50 to 75 degrees. Other seasons can vary from one extreme to another on the same day, so dressing in layers is recommended. The Day Use Annual Pass is accepted at this park. The park is open from 8am to sunset.

Pretty easy and VERY pretty. went in the winter so there weren't too many hikers, it was quiet and pleasant. the stream was lovely and the trees abundant and the kilns at the end are really very cool!!

backpacking
4 days ago

ALL TRAILS EAST OF HWY 1 ARE CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO THE 2016 WILDFIRE! $5000 FINES LEVIED AGAINST ANYONE TRESPASSING ON THE TRAILS!

hiking
22 days ago

I have hiked hundreds of trails. This is one of the best. The views along the way are amazing: from the waves in the Pacific to the snows near the top and anything in between.

A wonderful afternoon out with the family.
Trail traverses the creek up to the falls; constant flow from a spring.
BRING CASH! No ATM's!
Bring your camera!

Awesome view

My kids love this place so much we always stop by even if we are not specifically travelling to Big Sur. The trails are awesome well maintained, easy to navigate. When it rains the creek crossing are a little more difficult but some good hiking boots will do the trick. The summer I try to get a little wet under the waterfall. Just a great place... my friend calls it ewoks forest...

This trail is gorgeous and the falls are a nice payoff. The shaded trail is very well maintained except for several creek crossings that relied on branches and debris to stay dry. I actually enjoyed the crossings but for those who need a stable crossing it would not enjoy. I wish it were a bit longer but enjoyed immensely.

You feel like you never want to leave.

great trail, our kids enjoyed short and enjoyable with a beautiful waterfall

so beautiful. can't wait to go again

Beautiful

Beautiful