Big Sur's Limekiln State Park, located two miles south of Lucia on Highway One, is the southernmost state park in Monterey County. The park is located in the steepest coastal canyon in the continental United States and holds some of Monterey County's oldest redwood groves.
Limekiln State Park History
In the 1870s and 1880s, workers quarried limestone here and smelted it in the wood-fired kilns that give the park its name. This produced powdered lime, a key element in cement. Many buildings still standing in Monterey and San Francisco were constructed with lime from this park. The beach at Limekiln State Park was the harbor from which the lime was shipped.
The campsite at Limekiln State Park was once owned by the Esalen Institute. The rest of the land was once privately owned. Conservationists and the state of California joined together to preserve the ancient redwood groves when a developer sought to cut them down in the 1980s.
Limekiln State Park Camping
The 33 campsites at Limekiln State Park are currently available on a first-come, first-served basis. Some campsites are along Limekiln Creek, while others are in the center of a redwood grove.
Limekiln State Park Hiking
Limekiln State Park currently offers two short trails, the Limekiln Trail and the Hare Trail. The Limekiln Trail is just over a mile, and takes visitors over the junction of Hare and Limekiln Creeks to the historic stone and steel kilns for which the park is named. The Hare Trail follows Hare Creek as it cascades downhill between towering redwoods.
Limekiln State Park Beach
Limekiln State Park is one of the only Big Sur parks with beach access. The view from the beach up toward the towering hilltops is stunning, and truly conveys the magnificence of the breathtaking Big Sur landscape.
Fly direct from these five airports: Denver International Airport (DEN) Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) McCarran International Airport (LAS) Phoenix Skyharbor International Airport (PHX) San Francisco International Airport (SFO) San Diego International Airport (SAN)
Funded in cooperation with the Monterey County Board of Supervisors and the communities of Pebble Beach Company, Carmel-by-the-Sea, Del Rey Oaks, Marina, Monterey, Pacific Grove, Salinas, Sand City, Seaside, Moss Landing, Carmel Valley, Big Sur, and Salinas Valley.