Limekiln Beach

Big Sur, California

Limekiln Beach


Southern Big Sur, Monterey County
Highway 1
56 miles south of Carmel


  • Hours: 8:00 AM to sunset
  • Fees: $10 for day use
  • (805) 434-1996

Main Attractions

  • Hiking, coastal scenery
  • Ocean-view camping
  • Limekiln Falls


  • Restrooms, parking
  • Trails
  • Observation points
  • Campgrounds with showers
  • Camp store


  • Parking lots
  • Restrooms

Special Regulations

  • Entry-Exit gate locked at sunset
  • Dogs allowed on leash in campsites and beach, but not on trails
  • No fires on beach

Hazards Include

  • Unstable coastal cliffs
  • Dangerous waves
  • Strong rip-currents
  • Poison oak

Caution: Check with rangers or lifeguards that conditions are safe for your planned activities.

Limekiln State Park map, Big Sur,  CA

Limekiln State Park

Limekiln Beach is part of 711-acre Limekiln State Park on the southern Big Sur coast. The park is named after four towering limekilns which stand along Limekiln Creek. 100-foot high Limekiln Falls is a favorite attraction in the park.

The small beach is virtually under the shadow of a Highway 1 bridge. Steep cliffs rise on either side of the narrow valley created by Limekiln Creek. A steep beach, rugged surf, and strong rip currents make it too dangerous for wading or swimming. Visitors enjoy picnicking on the sand and photographing the sunset here.

The opportunity to camp close to the sound of rolling surf makes Limekiln State Park a worthy attraction for beach lovers. The campground makes a good base for visiting nearby beaches such as Sand Dollar Beach, Kirk Creek Beach, and Mill Creek Beach.

Limekiln Campgrounds

Limekiln State Park has 29 campsites. Some are located in the redwoods along Limekiln Creek. Those sites are for tent campers only. Other sites for RVs or tents are situated near the beach. Up to 8 people may occupy each site. Because of the small campsites, RVs are limed to 24 feet and trailers to 15 feet. Each site has a picnic table and fire ring. Restrooms have flush toilets. Hot showers are available, 25 cents for 3 minutes.

Campground Map


Limekiln State Park Campground Reservations Reservations are not site specific. You will be assigned a site when you arrive. Camping fees are $35, plus any reservation service fee ($8).

What Previous Visitors are Saying

  • Friendly staff and clean restrooms.
  • Watch out for raccoons stealing your food.
  • Campsites are small and close together.

Ocean Safety

California State Parks and Recreation cautions that "large surf, cold water temperatures, backwash, sudden drop-offs, pounding shorebreak, and dangerous rip currents can turn what seem like safe activities such as playing near the surf line, wading, or climbing on rock outcroppings, deadly." Learn more about ocean safety at CA State Parks: Ocean Safety

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