Limekiln State Park

Venture about 52 miles south of Carmel, California and explore one of Big Sur’s best kept secrets. Lime Kiln State Park spans 716-acres and offers picnicking, fishing, camping, and hiking. Although there are only two, fairly easy trails, the hike is worth every minute of your time. On both trails you are traveling alongside the Limekiln Creek. I don’t know about you, but the sound of running water makes the hike 100 times more relaxing and tranquil. Each trail has something different to offer. The Limekiln Trail takes you back in time to the 19th century, while the Falls Trails causes your eyes to widen as you stare at a 100-foot waterfall.

The Limekiln Trail is only a half-mile hike that leads you to four lime kilns from late 19th century. These kilns were used by Rockland Lime and Lumber Company to supply lime for mortar in San Francisco’s and Monterey’s earliest brick buildings. Run down and no longer in use, the kilns are there to remind us of the area’s rich history.

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19th century lime kilns.

Cross the Limekiln Creek and hike the even shorter Falls Trail. At the end of the trail you will run into the 100-foot Limekiln Falls. When you reach the waterfall, find a place to sit, relax, and take in the beauty for at least 5 minutes (I stayed for 20 minutes).

My hike at Limekiln State Park took about 3 hours. If you have more time in your day, head down to the beach or visit another area of Big Sur as there is much more to explore!

Grab your bags because it is time to head over to Limekiln State Park down by the bay.

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