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About Andrew Molera State Park in Big Sur, California

Andrew Molera State Park Beach is a long sandy, rocky, and driftwood-covered beach along the base of the Big Sur headlands. This is the largest state park along the Big Sur coast. It has open meadows, high ridges, groves of sycamore and redwood trees, a river, many trails, and one of the best beaches to explore in the area. However, it requires quite a walk to reach the beach. Surfers will make this trek when the conditions are ideal as the Big Sur Rivermouth is one of the rare surf spots in Big Sur. A popular loop hike from the parking lot descends on the Beach Trail and returns on the Creamery Meadow Trail. Each segment is about one mile to the beach so it’s a little over a mile to do the loop. Seasonal footbridges are provided for crossing the Big Sur River typically June through October. During the rest of the year you will have to remove your shoes and socks to wade through the river.

Because of the remoteness you may find beachgoers without clothing in secluded spots even though it is not allowed. The Bluff Trail provides access to remote parts of the beach that can be wet at higher tides. In addition to the large drive-in campground here, there are 24 walk-in camp sites that can be reserved. Molera Horseback Tours is on site at the park offering horseback rides of various lengths through many parts of the park including the beach. The Ventana Wildlife Society Big Sur Discovery Center is located at Andrew Molera State Park. The center is open 10am-4pm on weekends between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Cabrillo Hwy and Andrew Molera Rd
Big Sur, CA 93920
Park Name
Andrew Molera State Park
State Park
Pet Details
No dogs allowed outside of parking areas
Fee for parking
Hiking, Backpacking, Camping, Mountain Biking, Beach Walking, Beachcombing, Equestrian Use, Wildlife Watching, Surfing
Campground, Walk-in Campground, Educational Center, Picnic Tables, Trails, River
Carmel Valley Village, US
6:49 pm, March 26, 2023
temperature icon 51°F
L: 44° H: 54°
Feels like 48.92 °F clear sky
Wind gusts: 6 m/s
UV Index: 0
Precipitation: 0 inch
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 7:02 am
Sunset: 7:23 pm
Humidity 65 %
Pressure1024 mb
Wind 6 m/s

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