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Visit Andrew Molera State Park
Named after a rancher who once owned the land along this part of the Pacific coast, Andrew Molera State Park is the largest Big Sur preserve but most is undeveloped, and there are few facilities. Andrew was a dairy farmer who died in 1931 at the young age of 34, when the estate passed to his sister Frances and remained in her care until being donated to the state of California following her death, in 1968. The eight square miles contains the lower end of the Big Sur River, rolling hills either side of Highway 1, a remote section of beach, redwood groves, coastal bluffs, and the west end of Pfeiffer Ridge. This high, wooded hill slopes down very steeply on the oceanside forcing Route 101 to veer inland for a while, following the river valley, so the beaches in the state park are some of the most inaccessible on the central California coast.
The entrance to Andrew Molera State Park is on the west side of the highway - 3 miles south of the side road to Point Sur Lighthouse and 22 miles from Carmel. It is opposite the south end of the Coast Road, an unpaved, little used track that used to be the main route along this part of coast prior to completion of Highway 1 and its graceful bridges over the deep valleys of Bixby Creek and the Little Sur River. At the park, a short side road leads to a fee station, a parking area with information boards, a field center for the Ventana Wildlife Society, and a stable - base of Molera Horseback Tours, a commercial operation offering rides to the nearby hills, woods and beaches. A 24 site walk-in campsite is located nearby. As with the other parks along the coast which charge for entry, admission is free for pedestrians, so parking at one of several laybys along Highway 101 either side of the turn-off and walking 1/4 mile will save the entry charge (2015) of $10.