Our precious state parks and campgrounds might be in danger. Budget cuts combined with low visitor turnout are forcing parks like Limekiln State Park off Highway 1 along the Big Sur coastline to close early for the summer. We were lucky enough to be able to visit for our wedding anniversary back in March, but sadly, the park will close indefinitely on July 1, 2012. The campsites will be available for walk-up visitors until then, so allow me to entice you...
The park is quite small with a little over thirty campsites to choose from. It's all very tucked away along Limekiln Creek with eleven ocean-view spots to set up camp. We chose spot #1, and sitting at our picnic table perched above the private beach below, we hardly noticed the handful of campers at the sites below us. The only draw back to our secluded location? The short hike down to the toilets and hot (pay) showers (worth every quarter -- by the way, bring quarters).
Fall asleep to waves crashing and awaken to the morning sun sparkling down onto the water below. Hot tea and sea otter watching with glimpses of playful dolphins? Check!
After breakfast, take a short hike along Hare Creek trail. Spot banana slugs and soak in the coolness of the redwood grove that surrounds you. Back track and take Falls Trails to the 100-foot waterfall and then head on over to Limekiln Trail to learn more about the story behind the park's name.
|Private Beach at Sunset|