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Overview of Andrew Molera State Park

Andrew Molera State Park is a beautiful coastal state park located in Monterey County, California. It offers visitors a wide variety of natural attractions, including beaches, trails, and a diverse range of flora and fauna. It's named after Andrew Molera, who was a prominent local landowner in the early 20th century.

Camping Information

Reservation and Fees:

  • Camping at Andrew Molera State Park is typically on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • The park offers "walk-in" camping, which means you'll need to walk a short distance from the parking area to the campsites.
  • Fees for camping can vary, so it's important to check the latest information on the California State Parks website or contact the park directly for current pricing.

Campsite Details:

  • Campsites are usually equipped with a picnic table, fire ring, and access to nearby restrooms.
  • There are no hookups for RVs and trailers, and the camping is more suited for tents or small camper vans.
  • The number of sites is limited, which helps keep the camping experience more serene and less crowded.

Amenities and Services:

  • Drinking water is typically available near the campsites.
  • Restroom facilities are provided, but shower facilities may not be available, so it's advisable to check beforehand.
  • Basic supplies can be purchased at nearby stores outside the park.

Activity Information

Hiking:

  • The park is well known for its trails, including the popular Bluffs and Beach trails that offer stunning views of the coastline.
  • Longer hikes, like the Andrew Molera Loop, provide opportunities to see wildlife and diverse landscapes.

Beach Access:

  • Andrew Molera State Park features a long sandy beach that is accessible by foot. It's a great place for picnics, surfing, fishing, and sometimes wildlife viewing, like whale watching.

Wildlife and Plants:

  • The park is home to a large variety of birds, marine life, and plants. Keep an eye out for otters, seals, and migratory birds.

Horseback Riding:

  • Horseback riding trails are available, and there's a horse camp for those who bring their equine friends.

Visiting Tips

  • Weather Preparedness: The coastal climate can be unpredictable with fog and chilly breezes. Dress in layers and be prepared for changing conditions.
  • No Pets Policy: Pets are not usually allowed on trails or the beach, so it’s best to leave them at home.
  • Leave No Trace: Always follow Leave No Trace principles to minimize your impact on the natural environment.
  • Safety: Keep a safe distance from cliffs and be aware of tide conditions to avoid being cut off by high tides on the beach.
  • Protect Wildlife: Enjoy wildlife from a distance and do not feed any animals you might encounter.

Getting There

Andrew Molera State Park is located approximately 26 miles south of Carmel along Highway 1. The entrance to the park is well-marked and there is a day-use parking fee for those not camping.

Contacting the Park

  • Address: Andrew Molera State Park, 45500 CA-1, Big Sur, CA 93920, United States
  • Phone Number: It's advised to search online for the current contact number for the park or check the California State Parks website for contact information.
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