Perched on a bluff along Big Sur's south coast, Kirk Creek Campground is arguably one of the most beautiful coastal campgrounds in California. The campground sits 100 feet above the ocean, and this perspective offers stunning views of the Santa Lucia mountains as they run toward the Pacific.
All sites have scenic ocean views, and the sites nearer to the ocean offer a little extra buffer from Highway 1 and unobstructed vistas that are tough to beat. All sites are grassy and open, with limited natural shade available. Hiker and biker walk-in sites are provided adjacent to a eucalyptus grove, slightly removed from the rest of the campground. There are no RV hookups, but many sites can accommodate larger vehicles.
The campground is adjacent to Kirk Creek, which flows into the Pacific at a small rocky beach just a short walk down a trail. The beach is good for fishing. Five miles south is beautiful Sand Dollar Beach, Big Sur’s largest stretch of sand, and one that is popular with beachcombers, surfers, and anglers. The mountains rising behind the campground offer additional hiking, biking and horseback riding options.
While Kirk Creek is a phenomenal coastal campground, there is a catch: the small number of sites make obtaining a reservation difficult. If you are interested in camping at Kirk Creek, plan early; reservations are accepted up to six months in advance. Also, note that there is no water at Kirk Creek Campground, so be sure to bring your own or fill your containers at nearby Limekiln State Park.