The Big Sur coastline region, of the California coast, has large acreage parcels that are privately owned as well as government owned. U. S. Forest Service (USFS) oversees large wilderness preserves and California State Parks operates campgrounds in the area. Campgrounds fill-up quickly on summer weekends and holidays. Some can be reserved ahead of your arrival, but many are first come ~ first served.
IMPORTANT: The U. S. Forest Service land is mainly the Ventana Wilderness and is not open to "dispersed camping". All campers must camp within the designated campgrounds along the Big Sur Coastal region.
MOLERA STATE PARK Where the Big Sur River meets the sea.
Excellent bird-watching and hiking. Trail Camp has twenty-four
walk-in campsites (1/3 mile) in open meadow setting. On 4,800
acres with hiking, surfing and picnic tables. 831-667-2315
SUR CAMPGROUND & CABINS Eighty-one shady campsites
on the Big Sur River for tents and RV's of up to 34 ft. in length.
There is an eight-ton weight limit on the bridge that crosses
the river into the campground. Showers, laundry, store, playground
and basketball court. 831-667-2322
GAP Forest Service campground with twelve tent sites.
Eight miles inland on Palo Colorado Road at 2,100 feet among the
oaks and madrones. Excellent views of the Ventana double cones.
Access to Skinner Ridge trailhead. No RV's. Bottled water available.
This pleasant establishment has sixty campsites for tents and
RV's. Water and electric hookups--no sewer hookups, no dump. Some
sites on river. Restaurant, tavern, art gallery, showers. 831-667-2422
CREEK CAMPGROUND Popular camping spot on open bluff overlooking
the ocean. Thirty-four sites. Hike & Bike Camp.
Two trails to the beach and the Kirk Creek Trailead.
CREEK STATE PARK CAMPGROUND Camp right on the beach or
in the lovely redwood canyon on your choice of thirty-three idyllic
campsites. Hot showers, hiking trails to waterfalls and historic
lime kiln. Adjoins the National Forest. 831-667-2403
BIG SUR STATE PARK This 1006-acre park is a universe
with redwoods, conifers, oaks, sycamores and cottonwoods to shade
your tent. Establish your family here for the weekend and you
won't have to leave unless you want to. Hiking, swimming, picnic
tables, 218 sites, some along the Big Sur River. Very popular
in summer. 800-444-7275, www.parks.ca.gov
CREEK CAMPGROUND Peaceful setting of lush lawns beneath
Monterey Pines and Monterey Cypress trees. South of Big Sur, near
Pacific Valley School--site of Jade Festival in October. Forty-four
sites, including group areas. Walk the Sand Dollar Beach trail to one of the area's best beaches. RV's okay. 877-4446777, 805-434-1996, www.parksman.com
CAMPGROUND Stunning coastline views abound on Nacimiento
Ferguson Road. Eleven miles inland from Highway One on this narrow
but well-maintained paved road is this small campground with eight
units alongside a trout stream. No drinking water. 805-434-1996, www.parksman.com
CAMPGROUND Twenty-three units among the Ponderosa Pine,
Madrone and Sycamore trees in a high valley with the Nacimiento
River running through it. Thirteen miles east of Highway One on
Nacimiento-Ferguson Road. 877-4446777, 805-434-1996,
CAMPGROUND In a verdant canyon setting amid the redwoods,
this lovely campground has all the facilities for camper happiness,
including proximity to the fine dining and shopping of the Ventana
Inn. 831-667-2712, www.ventanacampground.com