Limekiln Creek Falls Trail

MODERATE 94 reviews
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Limekiln Creek Falls Trail is a 1.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Big Sur, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

1.6 miles
400 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running






wild flowers


historic site

no dogs

15 days ago

This is a very scenic short trail system suitable for anyone who is reasonably fit. The trail requires scrambling over and under logs in a few places and crosses a steam multiple times with makeshift log and stone crossing points. We went at end of July and water was low enough that you could cross without getting feet wet. The trail is through second growth redwood forest and is shaded and very cool the entire time. Great for a break on a hot day. The waterfall is worth seeing, though not spectacular. The abandoned lime kiln is cool. Our three children 12, 14, and 22 enjoyed it and our eldest did a ton of off trail scrambling on the rocks and fallen logs. Trailhead is at the far end of camping area, walk past everyone, there are a small number of day use parking spaces for $10 fee. If it’s full there is parking on side of road above. At the opposite end of camping area there is a small sand beach and rocky area where the creek empties into the ocean. Cross a wooden bridge and walk under the bridge. That is also super cool and worth a visit. The water is freezing but nice to splash around. Bring trunks and water shoes.

20 days ago

Great hike. The redwoods are breathtaking! It’s very shaded, perfect in the summer heat. Go to the 100 foot waterfall, you have to cross the creek a few times but that’s the fun part. Then go check out the Kilns, they’re really interesting and make for beautiful photos.
Be careful, there is poison oak everywhere.
Also, There’s NO (zero) cell service anywhere in Big Sur.

25 days ago

lots of climbing over branches and stream crossings. Absolutely gorgeous. my favorite things: redwoods, running water and fog

1 month ago

Things that made this a great trip:
1. No cell service without a 30 minute drive (read boss can’t call you)
2. We had a campsite at the beach, with the sounds of both the ocean and a fast flowing creek to sooth us to sleep.
3. It’s near enough to Monterey to get good seafood if you’re willing to drive 90 minutes
4. Lots of scenic lookouts of the beautiful Big Sur coastline
5. You can go from the beach to the California Redwoods within minutes by foot.
6. Not “touristy” unless you head to Monterey, etc...
7. Did I mention no cell service for ANY provider?

This was our first visit, but not our last. My wife has added it to our regular vacation rotation.

1 month ago

Very cool trail, did this several years ago with another family of 4, so we had 4 adults and 4 kids under the age of 7 with the youngest being 3. At the water crossings we had to play pass the baby but it was definitely worth it. The kids and adults alike enjoyed the kilns and the history behind them! Would definitely recommend this trail!

1 month ago

If this trail had a little more upkeep, it would be amazing. A hike to a narrow and high waterfall or a hike to some old large kilns (or b both) are totally worth the risk of an errant piece of rebar or a collapsed trail. Beautiful views of large redwoods and exposed root systems make this dappled light park a must see.

1 month ago

Very nice easy hike to a secluded falls. Lots of opportunities for going beyond the marked trail to more secluded spots.

2 months ago

Our favorite hike so far in Big Sur

2 months ago

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!

3 months ago

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.

3 months ago

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!

3 months ago

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

4 months ago

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!

5 months ago

Fun trail with a lot of creek and rock hopping

8 months ago

beautiful hike

8 months ago

Totally worth every step. Not too hard so beautiful.

9 months ago

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

10 months ago


10 months ago

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

Monday, August 07, 2017

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.

Monday, August 07, 2017

Nothing has yet to compare

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.

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