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CA State Parks

California State Parks is responsible for almost one-third of California's scenic coastline and includes 280 parks, beaches, trails, historic sites, wildlife areas and off-highway vehicles areas.  The Big Sur Marathon's partnership with California State Parks, the Big Sur community, and the California Department of Transportation is the primary reasons we are able to stage several different events on Highway 1 each year.

In honor of the 150th anniversary of California State Parks, we hope that you will visit and enjoy some of the spectacular parks of the Central Coast. The Marathon begins and ends in a California State Park property and, along the course, you will pass by another seven state parks, properties and beaches.


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For more information on California State Parks, visit:

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park   Pfeiffer State Park

Located just north of the marathon start, this beautiful park features both wooded areas and open meadows.  A variety of wildlife abounds, and hikers can enjoy numerous trails.  There are campgrounds with some sites along the Big Sur River as well as the Big Sur Lodge.  Because of its proximity to the marathon start, this is a popular place to stay race weekend.

For more information click HERE or call 831.667.2315 

Andrew Molera State Park   View From Andrew Molera

Andrew Molera State Park is the staging area for the start of the 21-Miler and is located five miles north of the Big Sur Marathon start.  Camping is available at 24 sites within the park.  This park is still relatively undeveloped and visitors can enjoy hiking miles or trails along ocean bluffs, through meadows and in wooded hilltops.

For more information click HERE or call 831.67.2315 

Point Sur State Historic Park 
 Pt. Sur Lighthouse
The Point Sur Light Station is located near mile eight of the Big Sur course and is the only complete turn-of-the-century lighthouse open to the public in California.  The lighthouse has been in continuous operation since 1989 and was home to the lighthouse keepers and their families until 1974 when the lighthouse was automated.  Currently the buildings there are undergoing renovation and restoration through the efforts of park staff, volunteers and the non-profit Central Coast Lighthouse Keepers.  Three hour walking tours are available on weekends year-round.  For tour information, call 831.625.4419. 
Garrapata State Park
 Garrapata State Park

Garrapata State Park has two miles of beach front with coastal hiking.  There is a wealth of coastal vegetation with trails running from the beach to thick redwood groves.  The park also features beautiful coastal headlands at Soberanes Point.

For more information, click HERE or call 831.624-4909 

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve   Point Lobos State Natural Reserve

Called "the greatest meeting of land and water in the world," the Point Lobos State Natural Reserve is home to headlands, coves and rolling meadows.  Big Sur's 9-Miler contains an approximate 3.5-mile out-and-back section in Point Lobos.  Wildlife sightings include seals, sea lions, sea otters and migrating gray whales.  There are numerous hiking trails along the shoreline and many lead to small, hidden coves.  Point lobos offers a great venue for photographers, painters, picnickers, scuba divers, runners, and walkers. 

For more information click HERE or call 831.624.4909

CA State Parks Mission:
To provide for the health, inspiration and education
of the people of California by helping to preserve the 
state's extraordinary biological diversity, protecting
its most valued natural and cultural resources, and 
creating opportunities for high-quality outdoor recreation.