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Andrew Molera State Park Campground Professional Review and Guide
"Go to Andrew Molera State Park and walk the 1-mile trail to the ocean. The beach is awesome—4 miles of Big Sur’s longest sandy stretches. Find sea fig, sand verbena, silverwood, and beach primrose on the side of the dunes. On the bluffs, look for seaside painted cups, sea lettuce, beach sagewort, and coast eriogonum. On my last trip to Andrew Molera, I brought a plant- identification book and actually identified a few of the species named above."
--Jane & Hans Huber with Bill Mai, The Best In Tent Camping: Southern California (Menasha Ridge Press).
Campground is a mostly-open meadow with occasional trees. Spacious sites. Most sites have at least a twelve-foot tree; some have a substantial tree. Each site has a picnic table and racoon box. Water is available from spigots but must be purified before drinking according to the park. Ground squirrels and crows abound and energetically steal food. Hike in from the parking lot is an easy 1/3 mile. Campground was full each night. No reservations. A waiting line started early each morning of new people hoping to get sites for that night, as the existing campers checked out. Pretty good turnover, so it was generally possible. Quiet after 10pm except for occasional traffic on Hwy 1. No poison oak in camp, but it grows profusely in the surrounding area. Beach 1 mile away at mouth of Big Sur is a great day visit.
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