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Local State Parks

Local State Parks Big Sur LodgeYour stay at the Big Sur Lodge includes a complimentary day-use pass to the following local state parks: Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, Andrew Molera State Park, and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park has 1,006 acres of redwoods, conifers, oaks, sycamores, cottonwoods, maples, alders and willows - plus open meadows. Wildlife includes wild boars, raccoons, skunks, and birds, such as water ouzels and belted kingfishers. Hikers can enjoy the many scenic loops, including a self-guided nature loop. Overlooks provide spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and the Big Sur Gorge. Campsites are along the Big Sur River.

Andrew Molera State Park: Containing 4,800 acres, Andrew Molera State Park is located in the entrance to the spectacular Big Sur Valley area. The Big Sur River runs through the park. Miles of trails wind through meadows, beaches and hilltops. A primitive trail camp, popular with hikers and bikers, is located approximately one third mile from the parking area. The area is still relatively undeveloped and offers great hiking opportunities as well as fishing and beachcombing.
The park is located 20 miles south of Carmel on Highway 1.

Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park stretches from the Big Sur coastline into nearby 3,000-foot ridges. The park features redwood, tan oak, madrone, chaparral, and an 80-foot waterfall that drops from granite cliffs into the ocean from the Overlook Trail. A panoramic view of the ocean and miles of rugged coastline is available from the higher elevations along the trails east of Highway 1. The park is 37 miles south of Carmel on Highway 1; 12 miles south of Pfeiffer Big Sur.

Point Lobos State Reserve: Allows day use and is one of the most beautiful spots along the Central California Coast, located three miles south of Carmel on Highway 1. Point Lobos contains headlands, coves, and rolling meadows. The offshore area forms one of the richest underwater habitats in the world. Wildlife includes seals, sea lions, sea otters, gray, humpback, and blue whales. Hiking trails follow the shoreline and lead to hidden coves.