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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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Andrew Molera PERFECT for Day Hike or Walk In Camping

I've been coming here since I was a teen, the walk in campground was a huge attraction for my friends and I, and now I absolutely love the day hiking and scenery. This is a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
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Groveland, California
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93 reviews 93 reviews
40 attraction reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

I've been coming here since I was a teen, the walk in campground was a huge attraction for my friends and I, and now I absolutely love the day hiking and scenery. This is a great park, offering a variety of landscapes to explore. Stroll through meadows and glades of trees watching for birds and admiring the wildflowers. Stand on... More 

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The Bay Area
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172 reviews 172 reviews
34 attraction reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

I really like this park, especially for camping. You have to hike in, which ensures privacy and being surrounded with like-minded people. Great hiking in the hills, forests as well as on the beach. Watch out for thieving crows :)

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Sunnyvale, California
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125 reviews 125 reviews
12 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

I wish I'd known that we'd have to cross a rushing current to get to the hiking trail! Very cold and a bit scary with a toddler in tow. Otherwise was lovely, beach on the other side is nice but there are nicer around

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Modesto, California
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469 reviews 469 reviews
202 attraction reviews
477 helpful votes 477 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
13 helpful votes 13 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
8 helpful votes 8 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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267 reviews 267 reviews
41 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 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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109 reviews 109 reviews
18 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 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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88 reviews 88 reviews
19 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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
26 helpful votes 26 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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