"Nacimiento Fergusson Road" Coastal Views Tip by Ewingjr98
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A unique and scenic way to drive to Big Sur from Hwy 101 is via Nacimiento Fergusson Road. This 20-some mile stretch of road crosses Fort Hunter-Liggett on the way from Jolon, near Highway 101, to Highway 1 south of the town of Big Sur on the Coast.
About half of the route in on Fort Hunter Liggett. Here you can stop at historic sites such as Mission San Antonio and the nearby Hearst Hacienda. This stretch also allows you to see a small, but operational military garrison, with hundreds of vehicles in motor pools, soldiers training, and tanks set up as targets at shooting ranges. Depending on the security condition, the fort may not always be open for through traffic, so be sure to call ahead.
The Big Sur side of the Nacimiento Fergusson Road runs through the Los Padres National Forest. This section of the route is more scenic, and it includes some steep stretches of mountain road, views over big valleys, campgrounds, hiking trails, and most impressively a dramatic and picturesque descent onto Highway 1. This stretch of road also can be closed, usually due to weather conditions or natural hazards such as rock slides or fires, so be extra sure to call ahead!
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