Limekiln State Park

Highway 1
Big Sur, CA 93920


The park features breathtaking views of the Big Sur Coast, the beauty of the redwoods, the rugged coast and the cultural history of limekilns. The park has 24 campsites. 


The park is 56 miles south of Carmel, off Highway One; two miles south of Lucia. 

Seasons/Climate/Recommended Clothing

The weather can be changeable. Layered clothing is advised. 

California State Parks contracts with Parks Management Company to operate the park.

Hiking Limekiln Trail—An easy half-mile walk leads you across three scenic bridges to the enormous furnaces that once supplied lime used for mortar in San Francisco’s brick buildings.

Falls Trail—Hike along Limekiln Creek to the beautiful 100-foot waterfall. The vision of this fanshaped fall is worth getting your feet wet when crossing the creek.

Picnicking—A short walk from the parking lot will reveal many picnic spots without tables at the beach or in the redwood groves. Please do not use the campsite tables.

Fishing—Rough surf conditions can make fishing from the beach difficult and dangerous. Stream fishing is prohibited in the park most of the year. Anglers 16 and over must carry valid California fishing licenses.


About a dozen developed campsites sit among the trees near Limekiln Creek. Several ocean-view sites on the beach are perfect for watching sea birds before the sun goes down over the rolling surf.Hot pay showers are nearby.

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