The Central Coast and Highway 1 are finally open again. What better way to celebrate than a trip to Big Sur? Limekiln State Park is a tiny slice of the California State Parks that should not be missed on this stretch of paradise.
It’s a small park and easily doable in a day, if you take it slow (or have kids), or in half a day if you hustle.
With less than five miles of trails at Limekiln State Park, you can see slices of California history right before your eyes.
Hike to Limekiln Falls, a majestic 100 foot-tall waterfall.
Hike to the limekilns where limestone was purified into lime for concrete.
Wander around the second-growth redwood forest, nearly depleted by limestone processing.
What to know about Limekiln Falls State Park
- Parks Management Company runs this state park. If you purchase a pass here, it is not eligible at any other California State Park, and vice versa. Your parks pass purchased elsewhere will not be valid here.
- Limekiln State Park is the ancestral homeland of the Salinan, Esselen, and Ohlone people.
For other places to explore in Big Sur, try hiking Cone Peak or go swimming at the Big Sur River Gorge.
Last updated on September 11, 2018.