John Little State Natural Reserve

NOTE: Currently, day use and camping are closed to public access.


Phone Number

(831) 667-2315

Park Hours

None listed

Dogs Allowed?

No public access to this unit.

Driving Directions to John Little SNR

We are in the process of creating directions for this park.

Online reservations are not available for this park.

No online brochures available for this park.

Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.

Historical/Cultural Site



    California State Parks has reopened Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, Andrew Molera State Park, and Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park for active recreation. Some walking trails are open, and parking is available to vehicles on a limited basis. Social distancing protocols of maintaining a 6-ft distance and wearing masks are required. Point Sur State Historic Park will resume tours of the exterior of the Pt Sur Lightstation and the Naval Facility on October 10. Visit or call 831-625-4419 for tour information.
    Note: The Andrew Molera campground remains closed.

    Also opened is the Soberanes Canyon Trail in Garrapata State Park –located on the east side of Highway 1.  California State Parks continues to work to increase access to state park units where compliance with state and local public health ordinances can be achieved.

    Due to the Dolan Fire burning across the southern region of Monterey County, California State Parks urges the public to avoid traveling to impacted areas/park units in Monterey County due to safety and health concerns for any visitors. Air quality remains poor throughout the state.


    • Current Park Closures
      The following State Parks, including all campgrounds, day use areas, and hiking trails, are already closed due to fire and/or traffic concerns on Highway 1 in the greater vicinity of the Dolan Fire: 

      • Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
      • John Little State Natural Reserve
      • Limekiln State Park

      California State Parks is asking for the public’s cooperation by adhering to park closures due to fire impacts and public safety concerns. Your assistance is appreciated!

      For additional information about the Dolan Fire, please see the below resources:

      Dolan Fire 
      California Interagency Incident Management Team 2 
      Incident Website:


About John Little State Natural Reserve

The purpose of John Little State Natural Reserve, in Monterey County, is to preserve and protect an area of steep, rugged cliffs on the Big Sur coast where Lime Creek enters the Pacific Ocean.  The unit contains the original 1917 cabin of early conservationist Elizabeth K. Livermore.

John Little State Natural Reserve is a scenically valuable point of land between State Highway 1 and the Pacific Ocean which embraces both banks of Lime Creek in Monterey County.  A small portion of the reserve extends across Highway 1 at the north end.  The reserve makes available for public enjoyment, in an unspoiled condition forever, the scenic and natural values of the property.

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