47000 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA
Big Sur Campground and Cabins
Campsites: Tent and RV sites, bath house, hot showers, RVs up to 40', water and electric hook-ups, dump station
Facilities: Cabins, camping cabins, close to river, outdoor sports, laundry, playground, store
Rates: $$ - $$$
47200 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA
Campsites: Tents, RV sites, tent cabins, bath houses, hot showers, electric hook-ups
Facilities: Store, tavern, restaurant, motel, cabins
Highway 1, Big Sur, CA
Riverside Campground & Cabins
Campsites: 28 tent sites, 14 RV sites (20 amp & water hook-ups), picnic tables, fire pits.
Limit of 5 people per site
Facilities: Cabins, beach access, hot showers, laundry, restrooms
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park has two walk-in, environmental campsites considered among the most beautiful campsites in California. As a result, they are always in high demand. The sites are located a short distance from Highway 1 on the point above McWay Cove, McWay Falls, and Saddle Rock. Site #1, Saddle Rock Campsite, is located closest to the ocean and has wonderful views. Site #2, South Gardens, is situated slightly back amidst mustard flowers which attract lots of hummingbirds.
Reservations can be made up to 7 months in advance. Reservations are released in one-month blocks. For example, if you wanted to reserve any date in September, you should go on the website March 1. Reservations open at 8:00 AM PST. For highly competitive campsites, log on 10 minutes before 8:00.
Reserve America says, "When campsites/cabins/cottages are in high demand, hundreds of users rush to hold sites and dates the second they go On-sale. The Reservation System is able to handle multiple requests per second, resulting in things changing very quickly, and often many of the popular sites are gone very quickly."
Kirk Creek campsites are on a high bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Most of the campsites are well spread out and have grass. 33 campsites are available for RVs or tents, and each comes with a picnic table and fire pit and grill. Due to water quality problems, Kirk Creek Campground no longer has water. Their restrooms have been changed to portable toilets.
About half of the campsites may be reserved through Reserve.gov - Kirk Creek Campground. The other campsites are on a first come, first served basis and may not be reserved. Ignore the information on their website that the campground is within walking distance of Sand Dollar Beach. Sand Dollar is 5 miles to the south.
Fees: $22 per night, bicycle or walk-in camping $5
Plaskett campground is practically right across the highway from Sand Dollar Beach. The campground is a family-oriented site with a variety of activities nearby.
The campground has 38 single family campsites along with 3 group sites, all for either tent or RV. The group sites can accommodate up to 40 people. The individual campsites each have a table and campfire ring with grill. Restrooms have flush toilets and drinking water is available around the campground.
Fees: $22 for single site, $80 for group site
Reservations: Recreation.gov - Plaskett Creek Campground
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park is 10 miles north of Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Pfeiffer Big Sur covers 1,006 acres in Big Sur with redwoods, oaks, chaparral and meadows. Within the park are 8 miles of hiking trails. The park adjoins the Ventana Wilderness with miles of trails.
In 2012 and the spring of 2013 the park went through major renovations and also reorganized its campsite numbers. Check their website for the new numbers. Within each campground are several sites are set aside for tents only. RVs are limited to 32 feet and trailers to 27 feet.
Location: Highway 1, 26 miles south of Carmel
Contact: Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park (831) 667-2315
Facilities: Big Sur Lodge, conference center, cafe, grocery store, campgrounds, restrooms, showers, nature center
Hours: ½ hour before sunrise to ½ hour after sunset
Campgrounds: South Camp (78 sites) and Weyland (32 sites)
Reservations: Reserve America
Fees: Standard site $35, premium sites $50
Andrew Molera State Park is about 15 miles north of Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Molera State Park has 24 walk-in campsites at their Trail Camp in a meadow about a third of a mile from the parking area. Campers must carry their gear to the campsites. The sites are on a first come, first served basis. (831) 667-2315