* LIMEKILN State Park is open, but Highway 1 is only accessible by vehicle from Nacimiento-Fergusson Road. Please use a map to check your route before travelling. Be advised that RVs and trailers are not allowed on Nacimiento-Fergusson Rd and that diesel fuel is not available. “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.

Our favorite hike so far in Big Sur

Stunning redwood grove + creeks (and creek crossings) make for a fantastic short hike. Rocks/wood at creek crossings can be quite slippery so be careful! Falls at end of trail pretty but IMO nothing overly special. Signed detour to see the limekilns - was quite interesting - would recommend!

Great trail. Gorgeous views in spring. Be prepared to get your feet soaked. Rocks on the creeks can be slippery too. All worth it though.

Gorgeous. we are visiting Big Sur with three kids (2,13,15) and we all loved it. one of the best if not the best hikes we've done here. i strongly recomend it to families. not too hard for kids; not too long but beautiful all the way, all along the creek with the noise of the water and the waterfall at the end as the reward (out and back trail). just note that you have to cross the creek a coiple of times through rocks and longs but lots of fun if your kids like the adventure type of challenge!

Obsessed with this trail! Great for kids, adventure through rock hopping, and combine the Limekilns for a really fun trip.

Beautiful trail with a waterfall at the end. Have to go across the creek a couple times but there are rocks and logs. Nothing too hard!

Fun trail with a lot of creek and rock hopping

My gf and I took this trail far back where there is not much of a trail. You cross over multiple fallen trees and rock hop your way to gorgeous waterfalls and a bunch of Banana Slugs back there. If you push far back it gets sketchy but worth it each push further back. We hit an area with a bunch of fallen trees, one going across and another across that one. Had to scuttle across and under the other fallen tree, looked uncrossable at first with a 20 ft drop on both sides. Fun!

5 months ago

This trail is not on most published maps. Nonetheless it is well maintained and serves as the most direct route to Twin Peak summit. When I say most direct, that is because it goes strait up! There are no switchbacks and this is a brutal though beautiful climb. It's more of a mountain peak ascent than a hike. Not for the faint of heart, but you'll be rewarded with amazing views. There's water up about a mile from the otherwise unmarked trailhead. Look for the sign marking the state park boundary. Again, this trail is NOT on most maps starting up about 2.5 miles where it intersects two other trails, one of which heads left, the other right. This one heads right up the middle,

beautiful hike

Totally worth every step. Not too hard so beautiful.

7 months ago

Beautiful out and back trail. It’s short in length but definitely not short in sites and beauty

Short easy hike with beautiful views.

Gorgeous forest views everywhere you looked. Lots of waterfalls and fun places to venture off to.

Beautiful trail. A bit of rock climbing at the end to actually reach the pool at the falls. We did it though, kids, grandparents and all.

Nothing has yet to compare

Amazing track! Love it.


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

My favorite short hike.

Sunday, April 02, 2017

Easy, touristy, pretty heavily trafficked even with the closures on the 1. Would be great for kids.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

This one is easy. Good hike for a family.

Friday, March 03, 2017

Not sure why this is tagged as moderate, I saw pretty small children that managed just fine. What makes this hike so interesting is the history behind the limekilns that really brings the area to life. This is by a campground though so you have to walk through to get to the trailhead.

Friday, February 24, 2017

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!!

Saturday, January 28, 2017

A wonderful afternoon out with the family.
Trail traverses the creek up to the falls; constant flow from a spring.
Bring your camera!

Monday, December 26, 2016

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...

Monday, November 28, 2016

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.

Monday, November 28, 2016

You feel like you never want to leave.

Sunday, September 04, 2016

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

so beautiful. can't wait to go again

Sunday, July 17, 2016


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