Limekiln Creek Falls Trail [CLOSED]

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Limekiln State Park

Limekiln Creek Falls Trail [CLOSED] is a 2.3 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Lucia, California that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Length2.3 kmElevation gain101 mRoute typeOut & back
kid friendlyHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingRunningForestRiverViewsWaterfallWildflowersWildlifeClosedHistoric siteFeeNo dogs
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As of August 2020, this park is currently closed due to wildfire until further notice. See here for more info: https://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=30009 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. During the summer it is fairly easy to do this hike without getting your feet wet. The trail is through second growth redwood forest and is shaded and very cool the entire time. The waterfall is worth seeing, and the abandoned lime kiln is cool. 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 a bathing suit and water shoes.

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Michael Harlow
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The hike was amazing! You know a hike is good when you can’t walk ten feet without wanting to take a picture. This was our kind of place. Redwoods overlooking a moss-covered ground with waterfalls and small streams everywhere. We met a few other hikers and everyone was considerate and had their COVID masks on or at least they stepped off the trail to let us pass. We really liked this park, however, it seemed a little small. Blog and Video: https://www.theadventuretravelers.com/camping-and-hiking-the-big-sur-area/

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Thu Krumpoch
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One of the best trail ever. Mostly shaded along the creek. Waterfalls were wonderful.

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Enoch Choi
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Falls trail tree down 1/4 way up

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Evan Weinman
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Beautiful, gorgeous, and majestic all fall under this category for what you can describe this hike. The time maybe short but there is so much to see and explore. Some of the paths might be tough for beginners since you need to walk along tree branches to cross creeks but it's worth it! Take in all the beautiful tall Redwood Sequoias and enjoy yourself! Some mud and some gnats. Small inclines every now and then.

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Dawn & Wesley Vigario
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We were able to get a spot at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, 7/29/20. Mostly it’s luck due to limited spots to park. Cost is $10 cash or card. Such a beautiful, tranquil place. It could be tricky for littler one to cross to see the falls. Pack a lunch and head out to picnic area on beach after your hikes.

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Adelina Steedly
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They wouldn’t let anyone in and said the park was closed due to COVID

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Shivan B
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Excellent hike - short and sweet through an awe inspiring redwood forest. The waterfall at the end of the Falls Trail was well worth the $10 day use fee - absolutely incredible!

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Michael Harlow
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We had a great time hiking this short trail. Lots of things to see and we were constantly taking pictures because it was so pretty.A great hike for the entire family. The waterfall was going but only one of two. Check out our pics.

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Barsam Kasravi
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Closed this week. Bad management. Wouldn’t let anyone in that wasn’t camping. Lame.

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Courtney Sams
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This was a really great trail with small waterfalls and some creek crossing required- open only for exercise during COVID. There is a $10 day use fee for parking but it’s well worth it. The trail is maintained such that all crossings are covered by a few sturdy fallen limbs to keep you from getting too wet. There are a few places you’ll need to scramble through trees but the path is well marked in those areas.

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Ganchana T. Nanan
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Good small hikes

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Elsa Salazar
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Great trail, really beautiful. The only tricky thing was crossing the creek, but if you’re careful you should be fine.

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Patricia Sitchon
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This is a great bang-for-your-buck hike, filled with river crossings, tall redwoods, and waterfalls. The trail to the falls is not difficult—I’d even call it easy. I am guessing it is labeled as moderate because of the multiple river crossings where balance and caution are necessary if you want to stay dry. To get up close to the falls, we crossed the river to the left side and scrambled through a fallen tree.

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Kellee Kauftheil
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The River was running and so was the waterfall, crossing the river many times was the highlight for my 10 year old. Adding the waterfall and kiln loop extends the distance. Definitely recommend, especially in winter with a high river and less people.

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Victoria Daniell
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Great easy trail through redwoods to pretty waterfall. A few river crossings but we managed to keep our feet dry.

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Heather Markham
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Great trail with our 6 and 8 year olds. You do have to scramble over the creek several times on the way to the falls, but it was fun and an adventure for the kids.

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Traci Van Wyk
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Loved it, tons of variety

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Ceci Coon-Asborno
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Beautiful waterfall!

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Raven Faudel
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Beautiful! You cross a creek a few times so I recommend hiking sandals or something waterproof. Not super well marked but we found our way and climbed up to the pool right under the waterfall. Very nice!

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Michele Kendrick
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always an amazing trip. the air is so clean. love the smell of the trees.

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Annamarie T.
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Great hike through the redwoods! waterfall trail is a bit tricky but fun. waterfall trail is easy to miss so keep an eye out for it.

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Tracy R
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One of my favorite hikes. Some challenging stream crossings. Trekking poles helped immensely. Beautiful reward at the end.

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Wendy Sweat
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Beautiful! Fun trail to the kilns and a few minor creek crossings to the waterfall. It is doable kerping your shoes dry but would be more fun with wster shoes! Lovely foilage.

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Ali Herrera
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One of my favorite hikes!! So pretty and green, have to cross the creek a few times so it was nice to have waterproof shoes on. This was my first hike in Big Sur and I still think about it. Lots of fun, fairly easy and the waterfall at the end is pretty. There’s some rocks at the end that we climbed up without issue and were able to sit/hang out for a little while before heading back.

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Sarah Colby
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Bring water shoes! This trail is easy enough to do in Tevas or five fingers and it makes it so much more fun to because to trek though the creek and walk up to the waterfall.

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Martin Villiard
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Excellente randonnée. Idéalement des chaussures de marche. Beaucoup de ruisseau à traverser sur des troncs d’arbres

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Todd Carson
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Great trail alongside a crystal clear creek with tons of falls and beautiful redwoods! The trail splits halfway out. the trail out to the old kilns was easy enough for our 4 yr old. The trail out to the falls is lil more strenuous with a few river crossings on logs. Bring shoes that can get wet particularly in the wet season. The trail is in the state park so there is a $10 entry fee, but it's certainly worth every penny.

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