John Little State Natural Reserve

EFFECTIVE (November 23, 2020): The John Little park unit continues to be indefinitely closed. The full closure means there is no public access at these public outdoor spaces on a temporary basis to protect public health from the COVID-19 pandemic. All restrooms are closed, and there are no parking facilities open for visitors, recreational boats or off-highway vehicles. No form of activities is permitted (including sunbathing, walking, jogging, horseback riding, or watersports).

Statewide, California State Parks continues to work with locals on a phased and regionally-driven approach to increase access to state park units where compliance with state and local public health ordinances can be achieved. However, the situation remains fluid and park operations can change at any time. The need for Californians to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the outdoors remains critical.

For information on statewide current closures and available services, please visit We look forward to seeing you in the park again soon.

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 day use. 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. 

    Due to the critical need to stop the #COVID19 surge, campground sites in Monterey County will temporarily be closed starting Sunday, December 13. Affected reservation holders will be contacted by ReserveCalifornia via email. Cancellations & refunds will be automatic.


    Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park- closed for camping effective December 13, 2020.
    Open for day use - - see park unit webpage for more information.

    Julia Pfeiffer Burns:  The environmental campsites are closed for camping effective December 13, 2020. 
    The parking lot, restroom, Partington Cove Trail and Waterfall Overlook Trail at Julia Pfeiffer Burns are now open.  All trails east of Highway 1 (including Ewoldsen, Canyon, Tan Bark and Tin House) remain closed until further notice due to damage caused by the Dolan Fire. See park unit webpage for more information.

    Andrew Molera: : Hiking trails and beach walking are open for day use. NOTE: Campground is closed indefinitely.

    Limekiln: Beach and restroom facilities are open for day use.  NOTE:  Limekiln Campground will be closed through April 1, 2021. Hiking trails are CLOSED due to fire damage.

    The Pt Sur State Historic Park - closed for tours on December 13, 2020. Please visit or call 831-625-4419 for tour information.

    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.


    • Campgrounds closed effective December 13: Julia Pfeiffer Burns SP and Pfeiffer Big Sur SP

    • Pt Sur State Historic Park closed for tours effective December 13.
    • The Andrew Molera campground remains closed due to prior flood damage
    • Limekiln Campground is closed through April 1, 2021 due to fire damage

    • John Little State Natural Reserve is closed indefinitely

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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