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IMPORTANT NOTICE!: Kirk Creek is now a "dry campground" the water is shut off at for safety reasons so be prepared carry in water from another location.
Description: Kirk Creek is a beautiful campground on a 100 foot Big Sur coastal bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, one of the few campgrounds where you can enjoy seeing the blue Pacific Ocean and magnificent Big Sur coast right from most campsites. Campsites are mixed, there are about 30 campsites total; most all are nice tent campsites, some but not all are suitable for RV's up to and over 30 foot (1 pad is 56 feet long) but no hookups or dump station. This is a very popular campground; half of the campsites are first come first served and half are reservation; when I stayed I paid $22.00 per night $154.00 per week, there was a 8 person and two vehicle limit and two week maximum stay.
Location: Approximately 45 miles north of Cambria, CA and 60 miles south of Carmel, CA. Located on the west side of Pacific Coast Highway 1. 35° 59.401 - 121° 29.701
Directions: It is on the Pacific Coast Highway 1, coming from the south go past Gorda north 8 miles; coming from the north go south past Lucia 4 miles.
Camping Facilities: Over 30 ocean view campsites with parking pad, fire rings, picnic tables and pedestal barbeque, public restrooms with sinks and flush toilets, trailhead parking, many water spigots scattered, some accessible tables, picnic tables, fire rings and pedestal barbecue grills, inexpensive bike campsites available.
Activities: There is a short trail to the beach, beachcombing, surfing and ocean fishing are popular here. From November to February whales are migrating up or down the coast and sightings from the campground are frequent. Just across the Pacific Coast Highway 1 from the campground is a trailhead leading to the Ventana Wilderness.
Close by Points of Interest: Pacific Valley Ranger Station is just south 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 25 scenic miles north and the Henry Miller Memorial Library and Coast Gallery Big Sur are along the way if you want to go sightseeing. 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: This is a U.S. Forestry Campground, dogs are allowed in the campground, on the trails as well as on the beach.
Helpful Hints: Nearest gas, restaurant, general store is small, expensive and 4 miles north at the Lucia Lodge; closest dump station is 40 miles south to San Simeon State Park. Large amounts of Poison Oak on trails. Best to bring your own firewood although it may be purchased from the camp host.
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Campground Contact Information:
Kirk Creek Campground
U.S. Forestry Campground Managed by Parks Management Company:
Big Sur, California 93920
Miles from Carmel: 53
Miles from Cambria: 46
PHONE: 805- 434-1996
Area Information Phone:
U.S. Forestry Department
Pacific Valley Ranger Station:
Reservations: Campground Reservations call 1-800-444-PARK (7275).
Kirk Creek Ocean View Campground www.reservecalifornia.com/...
Recreational Activities: camping, picnicking, hiking, jogging, kite flying, nature study and bird watching, beachcombing, surfing, ocean fishing