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“Glad we stopped”

Limekiln State Park
Ranked #7 of 32 things to do in Big Sur
Certificate of Excellence
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Dallas, Texas
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750 reviews
295 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 370 helpful votes
“Glad we stopped”
Reviewed June 21, 2013

While driving up highway 1 between San Simeon & Carmel we decided to stop at Limekiln State Park. I'm glad we made the stop because there are a couple quick trails to get you out of the car & into the woods. The trails are pretty much flat too so it doesn't take much effort.

It's $10 to get in but then you can get into any CA State Park that day with the same pass.

Visited June 2013
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Georgia, USA
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“Unpleasant beach right under Highway 1 major bridge”
Reviewed June 11, 2013

Do not go there for a picnic on the beach: it's located right under a very large and tall bridge, that gets Highway 1 to cross over a creek. Although the ocean is beautiful there, we couldn't forget the bridge, so massive. Traffic noise over our heads.
Some people might camp there for the trees and hikes, but wanted to eat on the beach and that was a bad decision. We should have been better off parking on one of the several overturns and eaten right by the car.

Visited June 2013
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Rochester, NY
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29 reviews
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“"Boutique" park in Big Sur”
Reviewed June 3, 2013

We spent two nights in campsite #1, on a bluff overlooking the surf breaking on Limekiln's beach, and loved every minute of it. To begin with, the campground hosts were wonderful, helpful in every way. They even delivered the firewood we bought to our campsite, along with some free fire starter! Also, on our arrival, they gave us information on the best available campsites (although they are all great in their own ways) and let check them out before selecting one. As for the park, it is smaller than some, but has it all: access to a gorgeous beach, campsites both by the beach and in the redwoods by a beautiful stream, and a spectacular trail along the same stream to a waterfall and the lime kilns that give the place its name. Can't wait to come back.

Visited May 2013
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“Beautiful Campground”
Reviewed May 25, 2013

Not a fan of crowded campgrounds, but this one was different. While the spots are a little small, they were spaced out enough to give some privacy. We stayed in a Redwoods spot which I recommend for tent camping as it is protected from the wind. The camp hosts were wonderful. They were friendly and willing to give any kind of help we needed which is more than I can say for some of the campgrounds we went to on this trip. My only complaint was that there were a lot of workers camped out doing some work on the trails. While I'm happy to share, there were only 2 bathrooms in the redwoods side for the women and they got pretty gross with all of the people sharing (plus there were some seat sprayers who needed to be taught how to use the toilet). There wasn't enough toilet paper and there always seemed to be a line. Other than that complaint, the other campers around us were friendly and we loved our time there.

Visited May 2013
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San Diego, California
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255 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 258 helpful votes
“The Best State Park On The Big Sur Coast”
Reviewed May 21, 2013

Limekiln is a hidden gem, much lesser know and less traveled than either of the Pfieffers or Andrew Molera, but our personal favorite. It's probably because of this that it was so enjoyable. Several trails wind right next to the creek through the redwoods where you can enjoy the isolation. The limekilns are a very interesting historical site which makes you wonder what this area looked like during it time as a "industrial" center. The waterfall here was also our favorite of the trip. There is also easy beach access to a small cove where we watched to sea otter play in the surf. The word is out, don't miss Limekiln!

Visited April 2013
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