Cachagua Community Park

Cachagua Community Park, a tiny jewel in upper Carmel Valley overlooking the Carmel River, is a great place for a picnic, a game of horseshoes, or a horseback ride. It also has a historic area where artifacts from Esselen tribes are still found.

Struggling with the name? It's pronounced Kuh-shah'-wa.

Day Use

Cachagua Community Park is the perfect place for a family picnic. It has a number of picnic tables, as well as a ball field, a swing set, a children's play structure, and horseshoe pits. There is also a community kitchen, a public meeting room and a screened-in eating area at Cachagua Community Park; email for more information.


Cachagua Community Park provides excellent access to the Los Padres Dam trailhead, from which hikers can access the Big Pines Trail, the Carmel River Trail, and many other excellent hikes into Big Sur.

Historical Compound

An Esselen midden is located at Cachagua Community Park in Carmel Valley. Artifacts are still frequently found here. Please respect the artifacts and other traces of their presence when visiting Cachagua Community Park.

Map and Directions

From Highway 1, head east on Carmel Valley Road for 15.8 miles. Turn right on Cachagua Road. Continue for 5.8 miles. Turn right on Nason Road, and continue for about 350 yards to reach Cachagua Community Park.

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