Andrew Molera State Park
Big Sur Discovery Center
Molera Horseback Tours
Across Hwy 1 from Andrew Molera State Park, Molera offers guided trail rides on the beach and through redwood forest. Walk-ins and...
Los Padres National Forest
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Big Sur River Inn
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Andrew Molera State Park information
Named after the farmer who first planted artichokes in California, this oft-overlooked park is a trail-laced pastiche of grassy meadows, ocean bluffs and rugged sandy beaches offering excellent wildlife watching. Look for the entrance just over 8 miles south of Bixby Bridge.
South of the parking lot, you can learn all about endangered California condors inside the Big Sur Discovery Center . At the bird-banding lab inside a small shed, naturalists carry out long-term species monitoring programs.
From the main parking lot, a short walk along the beach-bound trail passes through a first-come, first-served campground, from where a gentle spur trail leads to the 1861 redwood Cooper Cabin , Big Sur’s oldest building. Keep hiking on the main trail out toward a wild beach where the Big Sur River runs into the ocean; condors may be spotted circling overhead and migrating whales sometimes cruise by offshore.