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Andrew Molera State Park

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Address: Monterey, CA
Phone Number: 831-667-2315
Activities: Hiking
Description: This large park has a diverse range of trails that run along the Big Sur...
This large park has a diverse range of trails that run along the Big Sur River or out to the coast.
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Loved this park!

My sister and I visited earlier this week during our recent stay in Big Sur. We spent several hours here and had a great time. The park is beautiful and is probably my favorite... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 12, 2015
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Modesto, California
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Modesto, California
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460 reviews 460 reviews
198 attraction reviews
472 helpful votes 472 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

My sister and I visited earlier this week during our recent stay in Big Sur. We spent several hours here and had a great time. The park is beautiful and is probably my favorite of the parks I have visited in Big Sur. We parked our car in the dirt lot and then took the path towards the beach and... More 

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Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

We decided to check this out. It proved to be much better that's we expected, the hike down to the coast is easy and Big Sur Runs pretty much parallel with your walk to the coast. When you get to the coast, you have the option of heading up the mountain or going to river mouth that meets with the... More 

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New York City, New York
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Self-proclaimed indoors girl. My fiance and I went in December. We started with Beach Trail since we were advised that the river was higher this time of year and there is no bridge during December so we may not be able to get across to Bluff's Trail (along the ocean) or Ridge Trail (in the woods). We went to the... More 

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Winston Salem, North Carolina, USA
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218 reviews 218 reviews
28 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

This park contains miles of hiking trails and they are some of the best in Big Sur! Reviewers who posted negative reviews clearly had not oriented themselves to the park's extensive trail system. Your best bet is to pay the $10 entry fee so that you can park in the secure parking lot, and purchase a park map for $1... More 

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Manhattan Beach, California
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94 reviews 94 reviews
17 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

The brown eucalypts' branch hangs still in shade Barely moving. The sun's rays tickle the branch and ignites the limb with the thousand of electric orange wings of the Monarch Butterflies. The Deer walked and ate it's way to the trail that only deers can see... Flat on my back with red eyes glazed upward, the kaleidoscope of oranges against... More 

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Monterey, California
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83 reviews 83 reviews
19 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

The 8 mile loop is one of the nicest coastal day hikes nearby. Once upon a time we came here in summer, it was hot and dry, like most of California, and felt like work. Fast forward to a late autumn afternoon and this place is lovely. The grass was green from recent rain. The tracks were slightly muddy, there... More 

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Buffalo, NY
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33 reviews 33 reviews
16 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

This is a small state park with a few hiking trails...one to the ocean and one throughout the park. We took the ocean trail which was supposed to be scenic and .5 miles long. We saw nothing but dried dead grass and we walked, what seemed to be a lot longer then .5 miles...although time-wise it probably wasn't. When we... More 

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Lincoln, New Hampshire
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56 reviews 56 reviews
8 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

This 8 mile round trip hike is perfect for the average hiker that is ok with some elevation work. Lovely views up and down looking west or east but also some shade for break from the sun towards the top. Group of trees and areas to sit for snack or lunch. Trail is easy to follow and nice walking. Hiking... More 

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Brighton, England, United Kingdom
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54 reviews 54 reviews
31 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

We were advised to take the Beach Trail from the parking lot. It's a two mile round-trip to see the beach and get back to the parking lot and the beach really isn't worth it. There are restrooms in the car park.

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Chester, United Kingdom
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91 reviews 91 reviews
50 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Honestly, I can't imagine a better hike in Big Sur - or a better day out full stop. My wife & I hiked the full 9 mile Andrew Molera Loop and it was so varied, including mountain views, oak forests, redwoods, coastal bluffs and beaches. Despite the 9 mile length and some short steep uphill climbs, it never became too... More 

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