Limekiln Creek Falls Trail

MODERATE 77 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

7 minutes 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!

2 days ago

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

1 month 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!

1 month ago

Fun trail with a lot of creek and rock hopping

4 months ago

beautiful hike

4 months ago

Totally worth every step. Not too hard so beautiful.

5 months ago

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

6 months ago


7 months ago

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

8 months ago

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.

8 months ago

Nothing has yet to compare

10 months ago

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

Monday, July 18, 2016

so beautiful. can't wait to go again

Sunday, July 17, 2016


Wednesday, June 08, 2016

Beautiful, easy hike with some creek crossing.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Great little trek. Not to much hiking more of a stroll to the limekilns and then climbing around trees to see the falls.

Monday, May 09, 2016

This is an excellent hike for kids. Nice adventure and no too far to hike. There is another trail that's 1 mike up to the vista that overlooks the ocean. It's beautiful up there. I would recommend water shoes for the falls.

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Great hike for the family and young kids!

Monday, March 28, 2016

Great and short. May have to climb but will cross streams so might as well get wet. Thn there is a beach.

Sunday, January 03, 2016

Really simple hike. A few trees that had fallen were blocking the trail but we're very easy to get around. There are some really awesome places to take waterfall and stream photographs.
The one tiny thing that wasn't good was the parking. There's very limited parking but there are a lot of camping spots if that's what you're going for.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Excellent short and rewarding hike. Beautiful forest and stream atmosphere that leads to a pretty waterfall what else one can ask for. Most recommended for a short trip while traveling on highway 1.

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