Big Sur Camping:
Kirk Creek Campground

Big Sur Camping...California beach camping

ADDRESS / TEL / GPS coordinates:

Los Padres National Forest

Highway 1

Big Sur

Monterey County

Northern California

USA

N35.99033° W121.49547°

Elevation: 37 m


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WHAT MAKES IT REAL?

LOCATION...

Big Sur Camping...tent camping in California on the beach


This amazing National Forest camp ground is right on Big Sur....literally on a headland jutting out over the Pacific!

Could you get a better real camping experience than one that allows you to watch a pod of dolphins pass by, just as the sun is setting and the sea is turning a brilliant pinky orange to match the sky above?

The best campsites (the ones that are right on the edge looking out over the sea) are 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21 and 22. If you reserve a campsite in advance, make sure it’s one of these.

There is a short hiking trail, between campsites 9 and 11, that takes you down to the beach. Someone has dammed Kirk Creek as it reaches the beach making a small lovely but cold pool...we lay in this for a while, it was a hot day!


Northern California Camping - the small but lovely pool in the rocks


If you walk over the rocks to the right there is a small sandy beach where you can while away the afternoon watching the waves crashing on the rocks.


California beach camping - the beach at Kirk Creek Campground


There are 3 other hiking trails (Vincente Flat Camp - 5 miles, Stone Ridge Trail - 5 miles and Cone Peak Road - 8 miles) that take you up the hill behind the camp ground, giving amazing views over Big Sur.

You have free use of Sand Dollar and Pfeiffer Beach if you camp at Kirk Creek Camp ground!

PRICE:

$22 (hikers/bikers $5 per person) (50% off with a Golden Age/Golden Access seniors card) (2 vehicles and 8 people)

SIZE:

33 campsites

OPENING TIMES:

First come first served or reserve a pitch online through the Parks Management Company - www.recreation.gov/kirkcreek 1-805-927-4211 / 1-877-444-6777 (the camp ground is half reservable and half first come first served)

NUMBER OF NIGHTS YOU CAN STAY:

14 nights

Big Sur Camping...sunset at Kirk Creek Campground

FACILITIES:

  • Tarmac floor campsites/pitches (maximum RV length 21 feet)
  • Area for pitching tent
  • Toilets
  • Sinks
  • Non-drinking water
  • Fire pits
  • BBQ/grill plates
  • Picnic tables/benches
  • Firewood ($8 to purchase from camp host)

Note: No drinking water

PETS ALLOWED?

Yes, but on a leash

ROAD SURFACE:

Tarmac

ROAD SURFACE IN CAMPGROUND:

Tarmac

ACTIVITIES:

  • Hiking (dogs must be on leash)
  • Beach
  • Surfing
  • Scenic Drive on Highway 1 and Big Sur


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