3 Amazing Big Sur Trails in Limekiln State Park
Set against the legendary Big Sur coast, Limekiln State Park sits on the edge of the Los Padres National Forest.
Filled with local history, where the forest meets the ocean...camping, wildlife viewing, and hiking are all popular here.
There are three main trails here that all branch out from the same trailhead. They are each completely unique and all worthy of a visit.
At 1/2 a mile, Hare Creek Trail leads into the heart of the forest. Moss & ferns lead to some of the oldest & largest Coast Redwood Trees in Big Sur.
The massive trees give us a glimpse into the past. The redwood forest here was once nearly clean-cut to be used as lumber & fuel for the lime kilns.
The second beautiful trail here is Falls Trail…and as the name suggests, this hike leads to a towering 100 foot waterfall.
This short 1/2 mile adventurous hike is worth the journey, and you can practically follow the sound of water straight to the edge of the falls.
Limekiln Trail is the northwestern most hike. Named after the kilns which were built here in the 1880s.
This 1/2 mile trail leads you across three bridges to the four remaining historic lime kilns.
These huge furnaces supplied lime that was used to help make San Francisco’s brick buildings over 100 years ago.
Please remember the Leave No Trace principles and the Big Sur Pledge when visiting Big Sur...this is a wonderfully wild yet fragile place.
All three trails are short and easily accessible, but there is much to explore...plan on giving yourself at least a full afternoon to enjoy this park.
Thanks for joining me in Big Sur. See my other Jumpropes for more of my favorite California hikes & visit FlyingDawnMarie.com for detailed blog posts.
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