Whether you like hiking, bird watching or just want to enjoy an urban garden with flowers, Monterey County's parks are diverse.


Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail:  The Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail extends for about one mile from the Monterey Bay Aquarium to Lovers Point. The Pacific Grove section of the trail is part of the recreation trail network which runs from Marina to Pacific Grove. Formerly located on the Southern Pacific Railroad Right-of-Way, the trail has separate walking and cycling paths. It serves as a major walking, jogging, and bicycling route along the northeastern coastline of the city. View Map of Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail

Arnett Park:  Earl "Topper" Arnett Park is located at Piedmont and Moreland Avenue. This neighborhood park has playground equipment, a baseball diamond, group picnic area with three picnic tables, and a barbecue grill (accommodates up to 25 people). A fee of $50.00 and a use permit are required for the large group picnic area, barbecue pit and ball field. View Map of Arnett Park

Berwick Park:  Berwick Park is a one acre park which offers spectacular views of the bay. The park has a large, well-manicured lawn area with gentle topography, as well as a natural landscape with rocky outcrops and native vegetation. For weddings, reservations and a Use Permit are required. View Map pf Berwick Park

Caledonia Park:  Caledonia Park is located on Caledonia between Central and Jewell Avenues (behind the Post Office). It contains an open-space free-play area, tots' play area, ADA compliant playground and climbing equipment for older children, a baseball field, basketball court, picnic tables, and restrooms. View Map of Calendonia Park

Chase Park:  Located at Ocean View Boulevard and Jewell Avenue, Chase Park is divided into two parcels. The western parcel is rugged, forested, and is unimproved. The eastern parcel is contiguous to a parking area, and cosnists of a very small landscaped area with a bench and a path. View Map of Chase Park

Elmarie Dyke Open Space:  Elmarie Dyke Open Space is located adjacent to Chautauqua Hall, between 16th and 17th Streets. It has been landscaped as an urban garden with flowering plants, benches and tables, and a gazebo. Applicable fees will be charged for reservations. A use permit is required for weddings. ADA compliant. View Map of Elmarie Dyke Open Space

Esplanade Park:  The park is located on Esplanade between Ocean View and Del Monte Boulevards. It consists of rolling topography and several Monterey cypress trees. From the park, visitors will be able to enjoy benches, open space, and views of the Monterey Bay. View Map of Esplanade Park

George Washington Park:  George Washington Park is the largest of Pacific Grove's city parks. It is six blocks long (from Short Street to Sinex Avenue) between Melrose and Alder Streets. Most of the park is natural appearing, unimproved forest land that offers important wildlife habitat. The park also contains picnic tables, barbecue grills, restrooms, a large play structure, and a baseball field. No reservation needed for individual picnic areas. A fee of $50-$100 (depending on size of group) and a use permit are required for the large group picnic area, barbecue pit, and ballfield. Apply at the Recreation Department office. Picnic Area. ADA Compliant. View Map of George Washington Park

Greenwood Park:  A full block bounded by Ocean VIew Boulevard, Central Avenue, 12th Street, and 13th Street. Similar to Esplande Park, it has a natural landscape character and large eucalyptus trees. The park follows a moderately steep ravine with a seasonal creek at its bottom. There is a footbridge across the ravine. View Map of Greenwood Park

Hayward Park:  Dedicated to City volunteers, Hayward Park is located adjacent to Crocker Avenue from Sinex Avenue to Sunset Drive. The land was donated to the City in 1990 for Open Space. It has been developed with a trail for hiking and biking, connecting with the Southern Pacific Railroad Right-of-Way. The landscaping is maintained with the natural look of Asilomar, with native plants and trees typical of the area. View Map of Hayward Park

Higgins Park:  Located at the intersection of Forest and David Avenues, Higgins Park contains several Monterey pine and coast live oak trees. It is a very rugged park with steep terrain, but offers picnic benches. The park is conveniently located across the street from popular shopping centers and the Forest Hill Shopping District. View Map of Higgins Park

Andy Jacobsen Park:  Located at the corner of Ocean View Boulevard and 7th Street, Andy Jacobsen Park is planted primarily with native plants, resembling a lush backyard garden. It is rugged and natural in appearance, and is well-maintained. The park offers a short hiking trail, benches, and breathtaking views of the Monterey Bay. The Pacific Grove site was authorized by the Pacific Grove City Council on February 1, 1956.

The City of Pacific Grove contributed $650 for the project, and an additional $100 donation was provided by the Monterey Peninsula Garden Club. This site, formerly known as Prospect Park, and located at the corner of Ocean View Boulevard and 7th Street (near Lovers Point) was planted with ornamental shrubs and landscaped with locally-collected granite boulders. A bronze plaque mounted on a large granite boulder reads, "In Memory of Andy Jacobsen, County Supervisor 1932 - 1955." A sign identifies the park as "Jacobson Park." A bench placed near the plaque is an inviting stop for visitors to pause and look out over Monterey Bay. More about Andy Jacobsen can be found at the Andrew Berig Jacobsen Biography Page. (Submitted by: Dean A. Enderlin of Calistoga, Calif., Grandson of Andy Jacobsen). View Map of Andy Jacobsen Park

Jewell Park: Jewell Park is a small block bounded by Park Place and Central, Grand and Forest Avenues. The park's urban character is established by a well-maintained lawn area, specimen trees, gentle topography, a small meeting building with a kitchen, and a gazebo suitable for weddings or outdoor performances. Use permits are required for the gazebo and "Little House". View Map of Jewell Park

Lynn "Rip" Van Winkle Open Space:  A narrow ribbon of open space, Lynn "Rip" Van Winkle Open Space is approximately 2,200 feet long and 400 feet wide. Located between Sunset Drive and Forest Lodge Road along Congress Avenue, the terrain is rugged, wild, and is heavily forested with Monterey Cypress, Monterey pine, and coast live oak. Joggers and walkers extensively use the park, as do people who want to exercise their dogs off-leash. The Open Space borders Pebble Beach, offering pedestrian access to 17-Mile Drive. View Map of Lynn "Rip" Van Winkle Open Space

Perkins Park: (Part of Shoreline Park) Perkins Park is the section of shoreline between Lovers Point and the Esplanade. It was named for local resident Hayes Perkins, who planted the first pink ice plant along this section of the waterfront. The park is well maintained and is landscaped with "magic carpet" ice plant and stone terrace walls. Walking trails in Perkins Park are heavily used. View Map of Perkins Park


Andrew Molera: In the spectacular Big Sur area, this park is still relatively undeveloped and offers visitors great hiking and beachcombing. Miles of trails wind through meadows, beaches and hilltops. A primitive walk-in trail camp, popular with hikers and bikers, is located approximately one third mile from the parking area. View Map of Andrew Molera

Fort Ord Dunes: This recently opened State Park has a 1,500 foot trail to 4 miles of ocean beach with beautiful views of Monterey Bay. From the parking area visitors may also take a stroll on the new boardwalk to a bluff top viewing platform. Eight educational panels have been installed that will inform the public about the natural and cultural history of the park. Existing park roads are open to bicyclists, hikers and dogs on leash.

To protect park resources public access is limited to designated roads and trails. Dogs must be on leash and remain on paved roads. Horses and campfires are not allowed on the beach. View Map of Fort Ord Dunes

Fremont Peak: This park features expansive views of Monterey Bay, from its hiking trails in the grasslands of the higher peaks of the Gavilan Range. Other views include the San Benito Valley, Salinas Valley, and the Santa Lucia Mountains east of Big Sur. Pine and oak woodlands in the park are home to many birds and mammals. There are camping and picnic facilities in the park. The park also features an astronomical observatory with a 30-inch telescope, which is open for public programs on selected evenings. View Map of Fremont Peak

Garrapata: The park has two miles of beach front, with coastal hiking and a 50-foot climb to a beautiful view of the Pacific. The park offers diverse coastal vegetation with trails running from ocean beaches into dense redwood groves. The park also features outstanding coastal headlands at Soberanes Point. Sea lions, harbor seals and sea otters frequent the coastal waters and California gray whales pass close by during their yearly migration. View Map of Garrapata

Julia Pfeiffer: Burns This state park is named after Julia Pfeiffer Burns, a well respected pioneer woman in the Big Sur country. The park stretches from the Big Sur coastline into nearby 3,000-foot ridges. It features redwood, tan oak, madrone, chaparral, and an 80-foot waterfall that drops from granite cliffs into the ocean from the Overlook Trail. A panoramic view of the ocean and miles of rugged coastline is available from the higher elevations along the trails east of Highway 1. View Map of Julia Pfeiffer Burns

Limekiln: The park features breathtaking views of the Big Sur Coast, the beauty of the redwoods, the rugged coast and the cultural history of limekilns. The park has 33 campsites. View Map of Limekiln

Pfeiffer Big Sur: This beautiful park features redwoods, conifers, oaks, sycamores, cottonwoods, maples, alders and willows - plus open meadows. Wildlife includes black-tail deer, gray squirrels, raccoons, skunks, and birds, such as water ouzels and belted kingfishers. Hikers can enjoy the many scenic trails, including a self-guided nature trail. Some campsites are along the Big Sur River. Big Sur Lodge is located in the park .The lodge has 61 guest rooms, a conference center, cafe, and a grocery store. Meeting rooms have space for groups of 10 to 125. Other rooms are available for smaller meetings and workshops, some with fireplaces and kitchens. View Map of Pfeiffer Big Sur

Point Lobos State National Reserve: This area contains headlands, coves and rolling meadows. The offshore area forms one of the richest underwater habitats in the world popular with divers. Wildlife includes seals, sea lions, sea otters and migrating gray whales (from December to May). Thousands of seabirds also make the reserve their home. Hiking trails follow the shoreline and lead to hidden coves. The area used to be the home of a turn-of -the-century whaling and abalone industry. A small cabin built by Chinese fishermen from that era still remains at Whalers Cove and is now a cultural history museum. View Map of Point Lobos

Point Sur State Historic Park: The Point Sur Lightstation sits 361 feet above the surf on a large volcanic rock. Point Sur is the only complete turn-of-the century Lightstation open to the public in California, and is on the National Register of Historic Places. First lit on August 1, 1889, the lighthouse has remained in continuous operation. Lighthouse keepers and their families lived at the site from 1889 to 1974 when the lighthouse was automated. Today the Lightstation buildings are being restored through the efforts of park staff, State Park volunteers and the non-profit Central Coast Lighthouse Keepers. The Lightstation is open to the public only through docent-led tours.

Established in 1957, the former Point Sur Naval Facility (NAVFAC) was once part of a worldwide network of defensive listening stations that tracked the movement of Soviet submarines. The Point Sur NAVFAC is one of the remaining Sound Surveillance System (SOSUS) facilities, and the only one remaining on the West Coast. For the most part, other SOSUS facilities were parts of larger military complexes, while Point Sur was established as a stand-alone, self-sufficient base.

Except for one building retained by the U. S. Navy, the former Pt. Sur NAVFAC was transferred to State Parks in 2000. The only buildings currently being used by State Parks are some of the facility's housing buildings. The facility is not open to the public. View Map of Point Sur State Historic Park


Pinnacles National Monument  Established in 1908 to preserve the incongruent and beautiful rock formations for which Pinnacles is named, the Monument originally protected only 2,060 acres. It now encompasses about 26,000 acres in the southern portion of the Gabilan Mountains, one of a series of parallel northwest-trending ridges and valleys that make up the Central Coast Range. Vew Map of Pinnacles National Monument