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Andrew Molera State Park, Big Sur

Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
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3.9/5 based on 150 reviews on the web
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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  • Pros: *easy trail and flat *trail ends on the beach *purple sand (see attached pic) *saw ppl w boogie boards and paddle boards Cons: *don't expect to see big redwood trees. The vegetation is a bit mor...  read more »
  • Walked the coast trail from parking to ocean, one mile each way. Pretty sunny heading out to beach , but groves of trees here and there. Very windy the day we went. The beach itself is not so great, b...  read more »
  • Loved this spot. Great hiking! Awesome views! Peaceful atmosphere! The trek from your car to the campsite is not far, but it is not close, I would say its about 500-750 yards away less than 5 min walk...  read more »
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