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Limekiln State Park

A beautiful waterfall and historic kilns among ancient redwoods

Photo by mikebaird, Flickr Creative Commons
Photo by mikebaird, Flickr Creative Commons

Park Information

Limekiln State Park Brochure

HIGHLIGHTS: Visit Limekiln State Park to enjoy breathtaking views of the Big Sur Coast, waterfalls and the redwoods. Learn about the history of the lime kilns.

ACTIVITIES: Hiking, swimming, fishing, kayaking, strolling the beach, camping, picnicking, and visiting the kilns and waterfall. Limekiln State Park offers beach access through the campground, and kayakers can easily reach the ocean. Swimming is not recommended because of ocean conditions. Bicycling is allowed on roadways near campground, not on trails.

VISITOR CENTER: There is no visitor center. Informational handouts and a camp store are near the entry kiosk.

CAMPGROUNDS: There are 27 campsites at Limekiln. Some accommodate trailers up to 15 feet, campers/motorhomes, 24 feet. No hookups. The campground includes restrooms and showers. Reservations are recommended – call 805-434-1996 or book online (external link) at least eight days and up to six months in advance.

TRAILS: Three 1-mile-long trails. One branches off from the main trail at the trailhead and veers inland to Hare Creek, through a grove of some of the oldest and largest redwood trees in Monterey County. Another trail branches off farther down the main trail and leads to the waterfall; the main trail continues to the kilns, which are 1/2 mile from the campground. A popular hike is to go to the waterfall, and then backtrack and continue to the kilns.

MUST-SEE UNIQUE FEATURE OR SEASONAL HIGHLIGHT: Locals say the waterfall is the most popular attraction. Campers can settle in right under the boughs of the campground’s redwoods.

HIDDEN GEM: Limekiln itself is a hidden gem; the park is a bit off the beaten path and is not very well-known. The secluded beach is one of the easiest to access in Big Sur.


HORSES: Not permitted.

DOGS: In campground and on beach, not on trails. On leash.

ENTRANCE FEE: $8 for day-use vehicle entry; no charge to bike into the park.

MORE INFORMATION: Visit California State Parks’ Limekiln page (external link), or call 805-434-1996.

Trip Ideas from Our Staff and Friends

EAT: The closest towns are Gorda to the south and Lucia to the north. You can pick up picnic supplies at one of Gorda’s delis.

FAVORITE PARK ATTRACTION: The waterfall is the most popular attraction at the park. The kilns are an unusual and historic feature as well.

DON’T MISS: Nearby Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, north of Limekiln.

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