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Big Sur California Coast camping vacation picture Pacific Coast Highway 1 bridge and Limekiln Creek California State Park Pacicic Ocean Beach Access: California camping trip vacation photo, ocean side Big Sur RV campground. Click to enlarge this Big Sur Pacific Coast Highway 1 camping Limekiln California State Park campground photograph.
The Limekiln Creek Beach: Big Sur California Coast camping vacation picture: California camping trip vacation photo, beach next to the Limekiln Creek Big Sur RV campground. Click to enlarge this Big Sur Pacific Coast Highway 1 camping Limekiln California State Park campground photograph.
Warning Sign on the beach on the Big Sur California Coast camping vacation: California camping trip vacation photo, Big Sur Limekiln State Park beach signs. Click to enlarge this Big Sur Pacific Coast Highway 1 camping Limekiln California State Park campground photograph.
Campsite picture Limecreek campground: California camping trip vacation photo, our comfortable campsite with a camp fire ring, pedistal barbacue grill and picnic table in this Big Sur campground in Limekiln State Park. Click to enlarge this Big Sur Pacific Coast Highway 1 camping at the campsite in Limekiln California State Park campground photograph.
Campsite picture Limecreek campground: California camping trip vacation photo, our comfortable campsite with a camp fire ring, pedistal barbacue grill and picnic table in this Big Sur campground in Limekiln State Park. Click to enlarge this Big Sur Pacific Coast Highway 1 camping at the campsite in Limekiln California State Park campground photograph.
Hiking trail through the redwood forest picture: California camping trip vacation photo of a nice hiking trail through the coastal redwood forest. Click to enlarge this redwood forest hiking trail in Limekiln California State Park campground photograph.
Big Sur California Coast camping vacation picture of one of the old limekilns from the 1800s: California camping trip vacation photo of an old limekiln on the trail near the Big Sur campground. Click to enlarge this Big Sur Pacific Coast Highway 1 camping Limekiln California State Park campground photograph.
An old limekiln.
Limekiln Falls Photo: Big Sur California Coast camping vacation picture of beatuiful Limekiln Creek Waterfall: California camping trip vacation photo of the waterfall on the creek near this Big Sur campground. Click to enlarge this  Limekiln Falls photograph.
Limekiln Falls Photo: Big Sur California Coast camping vacation picture of beatuiful Limekiln Creek Waterfall: California camping trip vacation photo of the waterfall on the creek near this Big Sur campground. Click to enlarge this  Limekiln Falls photograph.
Barn Swallow Photo: lots of nature at Limekiln State Park, this bird is a beautiful barn swallow, they build mud nests under the bridge on the Pacific Coast Highway 1 next to the beach access; click to enlarge this beautiful nature photo of this bird taken at Limekiln California Coastal State Park.
Photograph of the highway signage in front of this best Big Sur California campground Limekiln Creek State Park Campground; Click to enlarge campground Pacific Coast Highway 1 sign to locate Limekiln Creek State Park Campground photo.
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Attention: camp fees have increased and may need a camp site reservation exclamation attention graphic Get the News in this Big Sur 2015 Spring Camping Tips & Campground Conditions Report:(Full Report) Camping ain't what it used to be at this park.

Description: Limekiln California State Park is one of the nicest parks on the scenic Pacific Coast Highway 1 Big Sur Coastal Area, it features breathtaking views of the Big Sur Coast as well as beach access, the beauty of the redwoods, the rugged Big Sur coast and the cultural history of limekilns and Limekiln Creek has a wonderful waterfall, Limekiln Creek Waterfall at Big Sur. There are public restrooms with showers; it has good camping for small trailers and RV's although it did not have a dump station or hookups; Limekiln campground is great for tenting or car camping.
Location: The park is 56 miles south of Carmel, entrance driveway is by the big rough wood sign pictured above on the inland side of Pacific Coast Highway One; 2 miles south of Lucia; 5 miles north of Kirk Creek Campground, 13 miles north of Gorda and 47 beautiful scenic miles north of Cambria California on P.C.H. 1. Lat N 36° 0.52 Lon W 121° 31.088 (N36 00.22 W121 31.54)
Directions: Limekiln State Park is located on the scenic Pacific Coast Highway 1 about half way in between the Carmel and Cambria so no matter which way you come it is a long and beautiful but slow and dangerous drive on the scenic PCH. If you are coming from inland with some extra time and feeling real adventurous another even more windy and dangerous option exists: the rugged Nacimiento-Fergusson Road runs from the coast at Kirk Creek (5 miles north of Limekiln Creek) on Rt. 1 through the Big Sur high country to King City and US 101 via Jolon Road (County Road G-14), passing through the Hunter-Liggett US Military Reservation along the way.
Aerial photo of Limekiln Creek Pacific Ocean View Campground and Limekiln Creek Beach and Limkiln California State Park from the Coastal Records Project, click to view the most current aerial phototgraphs of the Limekiln Creek Ocean View State Park campground and beach area at the California Coastline Records Project Website.
Camping Facilities: The park campground has 33 campsites all with picnic tables, fire pits, and pedestal barbecue grills; some campsites are along the beautiful Limekiln Creek others in the ocean view chaparral and down by the beach. The pull-in campsites by the creek in the redwoods are perfect for tent/car campers. The campsites in the redwoods are small so RV campers and trailers are not allowed; there is no dump station or hook-ups at the park but RV campers are allowed up to 24 feet and trailers maximum length 15 feet. Last time I stayed there it was $35.00 per night with a maximum of eight campers per site and an extra charge for extra vehicles. $10 day use fee.

click to download larger PDF Limekiln California State Park Campground Map; use campground map to pick your campsite for before you make reservations and for locations of  CA state park campground facilities like showers, restrooms, hiking trails, picnic day use areas, beach and beach access.

Activities: There are restrooms, parking and picnic tables at the beach access, beachcombing, and ocean fishing are popular there. From November to February whales are migrating up or down the coast and sightings from the state park are frequent. From the east end of the campground a trailhead leads to several short easy scenic hikes along the lush creeks and through the beautiful coastal redwoods. There a three nice short out and back day hikes and one of them leads to , Limekiln Creek Falls. You can also hike far out into the wilderness via Cone Peak Road/Stone Ridge Trail.
Close by Points of Interest: Pacific Valley Ranger Station is north about 6.5 miles on the inland side of the Pacific Coast Highway One, (805)927-4211. This campground is fairly isolated; the wonderful Nepenthe Restaurant and Phoenix Gift Shop Art Gallery are about 30 scenic miles north and the Henry Miller Memorial Library and Coast Gallery Big Sur are along the way if you want to go sightseeing. About 5 miles north on PCH 1 directly across the Hwy. from Kirk Creek campground is the Vicente Flats trailhead leading into the Ventana Wilderness. Within a short drive many trails can be accessed for hiking, backpacking, bicycling, hunting and horseback riding. These trails offer a variety of experiences including waterfalls, groves of Redwood Trees, breathtaking views, meadows and streams. The campground has its own trail to the beach but a short drive north is Mill Creek for a more beach access and a nice picnic area or go a little further for a picnic area with barbecue grills and the biggest nicest white sand beach on the Big Sur coast, Sand Dollar Beach picnic area; you can also bypass the picnic area and day use fees and head straight to the beach after parking along the highway (do park well off the highway though; lookeeloo tourists driving up there).
Pets & Misc. Regulations: Dogs are allowed in the campground, day use areas and beach but must be kept on leash no longer than six feet and under control at all times and they are not allowed on the trails (neither are bikes); at night they must be confined to a vehicle or tent.
Helpful Hints: Nearest gas, restaurant, general store is small, expensive and 2 miles north at the Lucia Lodge; closest dump station is 45 miles south at San Simeon Creek State Park. Large amounts of Poison Oak on trails. Fill your gas tank, buy all your camping supplies and best to bring your own firewood although these may be purchased from the local resorts general stores for a $$$ price.

Big Sur Campground Website Link: http://www.parks.ca.gov/...
Online Topographical Map Los Padres National Forest: U.S. Forestry Online Map
Google Map of Big Sur California Campgrounds, camping tourist activities and nearby visitor points of interest Pacific Coast Highway 1 tour drive from from Monterey CA to Cambria California:
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Limekiln State Park Reopening News Article Monterey Harold

Campground Contact Information:
Limekiln Creek Campground, Limekiln California State Park

P.C.H. 1
Big Sur, California 93920
Miles from Carmel: 51
Miles from Cambria: 47
PHONE: 831-667-2403
Area Information Phone:
U.S. Forestry Department
Pacific Valley Ranger Station:
(805) 927-4211

Reservations: Campground Reservations call 1-800-444-PARK (7275). Make camping reservations online or check campsite availability at Limekiln Creek Ocean View Campground.
Limekiln Creek Ocean View Campground www.reservecalifornia.com/...

Recreational Activities: camping, picnicking, hiking, jogging, kite flying, area historical & nature study, bird & whale watching, beachcombing, surfing, ocean fishing

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Parks Management Website for Limekiln Campground


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Official Website for Limekiln California State Park Ocean View Campground


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Custom Big Sur California Area Google Map: Locate Limekiln Creek Ocean View Campground and area visitor points of interest and nearby camper tourist activities with this map: Camping Big Sur California;
Camp, Picnic, Hike and enjoy campgrounds on or reached from the scenic Pacific Coast Highway 1 near Big Sur California 93920, including information on all campgrounds, day-use picnic areas beaches, hiking trails, tourist attractions and visitor activities near Big Sur campgrounds.
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Online topographical map Los Padres National Forest: Locate this campground  and other places to camp, picnic and hike near Big Sur and driving hiking camping tourist visitor Pacific Coast Highway 1 and Los Padres National Forest Ventana Wilderness and Silverpeak Wilderness Santa Lucia Coastal Mountains points of interest using this USDA Forest Service online topographical map of the Los Padres National Forest.
Los Padres National Forest





Hiking trail through the redwood forest picture: California camping trip vacation photo of a nice hiking trail through the coastal redwood forest. Click to enlarge this redwood forest hiking trail in Limekiln California State Park campground photograph.
Big Sur California Coast camping vacation picture of one of the old limekilns from the 1800s: California camping trip vacation photo of an old limekiln on the trail near the Big Sur campground. Click to enlarge this Big Sur Pacific Coast Highway 1 camping Limekiln California State Park campground photograph.
Close up picture of the brick furnace in one of the old limekilns from the 1800s: California camping trip vacation photo of an old limekiln on the trail near the Big Sur campground. Click to enlarge this photograph of the furnace in an old limekiln along the hiking trail in Limekiln Califronia State Park.

In the 1800's, limestone was mined from the hills near Limekiln State Park, then brought down by mule to the large lime kilns pictured above where the lime was cooked to produce quicklime used in making building mortar.

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