Reservations possible?
RV Hookups
Potable water
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Trail Camp is Andrew Molera State Park’s one and only campground. As a walk-in environmental camp with 24 sites located about a third of a mile from the trailhead, this is more of a gear haul than a backpacking trip. The campground has limited shade and privacy, although a handful of sites are tucked up against sycamore and oak trees that offer some respite from the sun. Sites are limited to four people and have a maximum duration of seven nights.

Lying adjacent to the lower section of the Big Sur River and its final reach to the Pacific Ocean, scenic Molera Point and Andrew Molera State Beach, a good spot for beachcombing and surfing, are both accessible from Trail Camp via the Headland Trail. En route to the beach you’ll pass through the blue gum eucalyptus trees of Cooper’s Grove. If you are camping between October and January you can witness the beautiful display of monarch butterflies that migrate thousands of miles to roost in the grove during winter.  Be sure to watch for the wildlife here both in and out of the water. 

Each campsite comes equipped with a picnic table, a fire pit and grill, and a raccoon box to protect your food. Firewood can be purchased here on weekends, but you’ll have to look elsewhere on weekdays. Potable water is available both within the camp and at the trailhead parking area.

There is excellent hiking in Andrew Molera State Park, and it's all accessible from Trail Camp. Watch for poison oak, as it is pervasive here.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)


Parking Pass

State Park Fee


Waking up within the park. Easy beach access.


Hauling gear.

Pets allowed

Not Allowed

Managed by

California State Parks


Flushing toilets
Potable water



Hi Gayatri,
Trail Camp is currently closed, as is the Pheiffer Big Sur State Park Group Camp.
Hey does anyone know if this is the same as the Andrew Molera Group Camp which is listed as currently "closed" on
Be sure to check the State Park Website. Latest update on Sept 17, 2017 says the campground is closed and so is Trail Camp/Headlands Trail, all trails on the east side of Highway 1 are closed. No reopening date listed.
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