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California Big Sur Outdoor Camping Sites

By Edited Apr 29, 2015 2 2

Big Sur camping sites are plentiful, located along California’s Big Sur coastline. Research the area well before deciding on one or more of the Big Sur camping sites. The high cliffs and treacherous terrain make the beaches inaccessible to many, so camping nearby with groomed trails are priceless. If huge, intimate beaches are what you’re looking for, the Big Sur area is filled with advanced and easy trails, all with majestic views, gorgeous flora and native wild animals.

Andrew Molera State Park is located off of Highway, 20 miles south of Carmel. There are bridges that cross over rivers on well-groomed trails that traverse beaches, mountaintops and meadows. It is one of the smaller Big Sur camping places with 24 sites available. Big Sur Station #1, Big Sur, CA 93920, 831-667-2315. 

Plaskett Creek Campground is local. Stunning pine trees and native flora are situated in this spacious campground. The trails include waterfalls, meadows and Redwood trees. Whales can be viewed from certain vantage points as they migrate November through February. 805-434-1996.

 Ponderosa Campground is located 45 miles of Cambria on County Road G-14, 13 miles east of Highway 1. This is a favorite family campground with several outdoor opportunities to explore. Each camping site has water available with a fire ring, pedestal grill and picnic table. The expansive Nacimiento River flows through the campground and is ideal for fishing or swimming. Bring your camera on the hiking trails to take pictures of several types of wildlife, like deer, bobcats and fox inhabit this region. Make reservations at least six months ahead, this is a popular camping site between May and October.877-444-6777.

 Limekiln State Park is located off Highway 1, two miles south of Lucia. This Big Sur Park has 16-acres and only 33 camping sites. Explore the history of limekilns as you enjoy the ocean and outdoor adventures. 831-667-2403. 

 Riverside Campground and Cabins on Highway 1 in Big Sur country is a cozy 16-acre property. With 45 RV and tent sites available and 11 cabins--be sure to reserve a place ahead of time. They are pet friendly and situated along Big Sur River with lots of fishing and water activities to enjoy. This is more than a rustic campsite; certified massage therapists and free internet access are offered for those who want to stay connected and feel pampered while enjoying the trails and beaches nearby. 831-667-2414.

 Big Sur Campground and Cabins located on Big Sur River boasts robust, towering redwoods everywhere. Bring your own tent or rent one of the park’s tent cabins with bed, linen and bathrooms, ideal for newbies just getting to know the outdoor lifestyle, 47000 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920, 831-6672322.

 Kirk Creek Campground located on the west side of Highway 1 with 34 available sites glorious Pacific ocean views one hundred feet above sea level. This campground is a part of the Los Padres National Forest and has trails to easily access the beach. 805-434-1996.

 Ventana Campground has 92 campsites on the Big Sur canyon floor and ridge of bluffs. Intimately designed sites that accommodate large gatherings. Thick with redwood trees close to the ocean coast. 831-667-2712.

 Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park  has 204 sites and no hook-ups for electricity. There will be no craving for hiking trail diversities. The biggest problem is deciding what you wish to experience: water, wilderness panoramic mountain views or secluded hideaways. 800-444-7275.

 Fernwood Campground offers several options for outdoor enthusiasts. From rustic tent camping to high-end cabins, taverns and restaurants this is a Big Sur camping site worth considering. Located in the Big Sur Valley bordering Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. It is the keeper of the rare albino Redwood tree, as well as, many other wilderness sights and experiences. 831-667-2422.



Jun 2, 2011 8:03am
This outdoorsy region of California offers acres and acres of rich and memorable fun.
Jun 2, 2011 8:11am
I love Big Sur and always thought I would one day live there - for a time anyway. Thanks for the nostalgia.
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