Limekiln Trail

Big Sur, California 93920

Limekiln Trail

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"This hike meanders along Limekiln Creek’s West Fork amid dense redwood groves, once home to a vigorous lumber and lime manufacturing industry. Early settlers used harvested trees to fuel kilns that purified, or “slaked,” limestone extracted from rich deposits in the canyon. The lime was then loaded in barrels and hauled to Rockland Landing, near Limekiln Beach. Schooners transported the lime to Monterey and San Francisco, where it was used to make cement. Schooners also brought in heavy goods and supplies to sustain the growing population."

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Limekiln State Park
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