Andrew Molera State Park

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Andrew Molera State Park information

Big Sur , USA
Hwy 1
+1 831 667 2315
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per car $10
Opening hours
30min before sunrise-30min after sunset
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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.