Garrapata State Park, Carmel

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Garrapata State Park is a state park of California, USA, located on Highway 1 6.7mi south of Carmel and 18mi north of Big Sur on the Monterey coast. It is marked only with one sign on the west side of the road. Numbered turnouts mark each parking area. The 2939acre park was established in 1979.Garrapata State Park has 2mi of beachfront, with coastal hiking and a 50ft climb to a view of the Pacific. The park offers diverse coastal vegetation with trails running from ocean beaches into dense coast redwood groves. The park also features coastal headlands at Soberanes Point. California sea lions, harbor seals and sea otters frequent the coastal waters while gray whales pass close by during their yearly migration.The beaches in the park have been used for nude recreation.Most of the park was burned over in the 2016 Soberanes Fire.HistoryThe area hosted the Ohlone and Rumsien tribes in the past. In the early 20th century it was the Ezequiel Soberanes Rancho, a cattle and sheep ranch. The ranch was later sold to the Doud family, who had a cattle ranch on the property. Features within Garrapata State Park still bear the names of these families.GovernmentAt the county level, Garrapata State Park is represented on the Monterey County Board of Supervisors by Supervisor Dave Potter.
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  • We loved this beach so much that we stopped twice on our day trip to Big Sur from Monterey. Plenty of parking on both sides of Highway 1. Big blue waves crashing over rocks and a lovely soft beach. We...  more »
  • Big Sur coast and beach experience at its best. Awe-inspiring views, soft golden sand, and crashing waves over rock outcroppings provides for a memorable afternoon.  more »
  • As most of Big Sur is still closed this really saved our day after a relatively underwhelming hike in the park. Right along highway 1 there is a turnoff where you can park your car - and a series of s...  more »
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  • FYI Garrapta means Tick in Spanish. This is a very beautiful and scenic location along HWY 1. The hiking trails are fairly well maintained. The overlooks into the ocean are awe inspiring and the Calli Lily valley is breath taking.
  • nice state park stop right on hwy 1. scenic and beautiful with a small water falls. Windy and free open parking
  • We hiked along one of the coastal trails. Views are as spectacular as expected from the drive. Note though, the wind really picks up when you are walking along the shore (and we thought it was warm enough for t-shirts at the road). Definitely recommend.
  • Absolutely stunning views, fantastic trails, very much a hidden gem because so many of the signs are very small and hard to see while driving by. Do not miss out though! It's like walking into a postcard with the amazing vistas.
  • Beautiful park with iconic Big Sur beach views (and access!) Will always be a special place to me - got engaged here!! 😊

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