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Andrew Molera State Park, Big Sur

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Andrew Molera State Park is a state park of California, United States, preserving relatively undeveloped land on the Big Sur coast. Situated at the mouth of the Big Sur River, the property was part of the Rancho El Sur land grant, and later owned by the Cooper-Molera ranching family. The park is named in commemoration of Andrew Molera, who popularized the artichoke in California in 1922. His sister Frances Molera made the name a condition when she sold the property to The Nature Conservancy in 1965.Activities at the park include hiking, fishing and beachcombing, with miles of trails winding through meadows, beaches and hilltops. A primitive walk-in trail camp, popular with hikers and bikers, is located approximately one-third of a mile from the parking area. It is considered the most reliable surfing area in Big Sur.The park is 20mi south of Carmel on State Route 1.FeaturesAndrew Molera State Park features the historic Cooper Cabin, built in 1861 or 62. It is the oldest structure in Big Sur. Fur trader Juan Bautista Roger Cooper was Andrew Molera's grandfather.The Ventana Wildlife Society has established a Discovery Center within the park. The Discovery Center includes exhibits on local wildlife (including the California condor) and a bird banding lab. Scientists and other lab employees give regular tours of Andrew Molera State Park, explaining the flora and fauna that are unique to the area.
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  • Arrived late afternoon on New Year's Day so only time for the Headlands Trail from the parking lot (no stream crossing necessary) to the bluffs above the beach. First down some steps then across the m...  more »
  • If you're looking for a Big Sur dramatic beach, this one is lovely but more understated. There is also a mile walk from parking to the beach. It's not a hard walk -- almost entirely flat -- but it's n...  more »
  • Pleasant trail from Highway 1 goes through some open land, then leads down through a grove of Eucalyptus trees and tends near the mouth of the Big Sur River. Great views from the headlands and various...  more »