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View from the Soberanes Trail.

Garrapata State Park

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On the northern end of the Big Sur coast, just 8 miles south of Carmel, is the hidden gem of Garrapata State Park. This unspoiled, 3,000-acre park offers spectacular views and diverse terrain to explore, including 2 miles of beachfront, breathtaking coastal headlands and canyons dense with redwoods.

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Photo by Save the Redwoods League

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park

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Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park is located off Highway 1, some 26 miles south of Carmel and two miles south of the hamlet of Big Sur. This beautiful park features redwoods, conifers, oaks, sycamores, cottonwoods, maples, alders and willows – plus open meadows.

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Photo by nwrabinowitz, Flickr Creative Commons

Andrew Molera State Park

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The 4,800-acre park is the largest state park on the Big Sur coast. Twenty miles of hiking trails wend around redwood groves, meadows and overlooks. Watch for California condors and migrating whales.

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