Point Lobos State Natural Reserve
The entrance is located three miles south of Carmel on Highway 1. Deriving its name from the offshore rocks at Punta de los Lobos Marinos, Point of the Sea Wolves, where the sound of the sea lions carries inland, the Reserve has often been called “the crown jewel of the State Park System.”
Point Lobos State Reserve has outstanding recreation, such as sightseeing, photography, painting, nature study, picnicking, SCUBA diving, and jogging. Nearly every aspect of its resources is of scientific interest. There are rare plant communities, archeological sites, unique geological formations, and incredibly rich flora and fauna of both land and sea. 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.