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. His sister Frances Molera stipulated that the park should be named for her brother Andrew Molera, who popularized the artichoke in California in 1922, when she sold the property to The Nature Conservancy in 1965.ActivitiesActivities 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-by-the-Sea on State Route 1.FeaturesAndrew Molera State Park features the historic Cooper Cabin, built in 1861 or 1862. 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 laboratory. Scientists and other laboratory employees give regular tours of Andrew Molera State Park, explaining the flora and fauna that are unique to the area.
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  • We paid 9 bucks senior pricing for the state park and we were told a one mile walk. Normally that is a 20 minute walk for me. It was more like 35 minutes one way. It is flat so it is an easy hike. How...  more »
  • The walk to the beach starts off and ends crossing a stream, just go for it. The walk is level and easy. There are bugs and flowers to investigate along the way. At the beach, there is typically drift...  more »
  • We had started our day at Point Lobos Park and continued on as far as we could along the PCH until the bridge that was being repaired. Along the way we say Andrew Molera. I had read about all the Stat...  more »
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  • What an amazing spot. The energy here is amazing and the beach is one of the best in Big Sure. There is about a two mile walk to the beach and currently that includes walking through a stream about two feet high but it all adds to the adventure! We went back two weekends in a row we loved it so much. Definitely worth checking out and plan to spend the whole day!
  • I came here for the monarch butterfly, but trail is closed this season. Parking fee is $10. I recommend you Monterey monarch butterfly sanctuary for butterfly.
  • Beautiful views! Awesome trail!
  • The long walk to get there is worth it. There's lots of rocks and wood to get creative with. The noise the ocean makes with the rocks is quite enjoyable and relaxing.
  • waste of $10 , actually a guy charged us when we entered and then he left , the other people who were coming after were entering for free, maybe we got played idk 😂 Did not like it , not so good trails ,

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