At 4,800 acres, Andrew Molera State Park is the largest state park in the Big Sur area. The land was originally part of the Molera family’s Rancho El Sur property, and was sold to the Nature Conservancy by Frances Molera upon her death with the promise that it would become a state park named after her brother, Andrew Molera. Andrew Molera State Park opened to the public in 1972. There is a $10 day-use fee. The park has 24 hike-in campsites, which are first come, first served and may fill up quickly during the busy summer months. The park is home to the Cooper Cabin, one of the oldest buildings in Big Sur. Andrew Molera State Park also has two museums, the Molera Ranch House and the Ventana Wildlife Society’s Condor Discovery Center. Horseback rides are offered through Molera Horseback Tours. More information can be found at molerahorsebacktours.com. Dogs are not allowed on any trails. The most popular trail is the 1-mile hike through Creamery Meadow to the beach. Footbridges are only in place to cross the Big Sur River from mid-June to mid-October.