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Photo of the part of the informatin sign at the entrance of Kirk Creek Campground: California camping trip vacation photo taken at the entrance of the Big Sur U.S. Forest Service campground Kirk Creek. Main part of information sign is a map of the campground, other information indicates the campground is managed by Parks Management Company and gives location of the campground host; suggests to lock up valuables, clean up campsite and cautions of raccoons presence. Click Kirk Creek Big Sur Campground Map and Information Sign photo to enlarge.
RV Pacific Ocean View Campsite photo: most campsites at Kirk Creek Campground have phenomenal ocean views and views of scenic rugged Big Sur coastline like in this California central coast vacation picture; like this one a few have a nice big flat pad to park a large RV with a pull-out, no hookups but there is a picnic table fire ring and view. Click this big RV campsite at Kirk Creek Campground ocean view RV campsite picture to enlarge.
Typical Pacific Ocean View Kirk Creek Campground Campsite photo: most campsites at Kirk Creek Campground have phenomenal ocean views and views of scenic rugged Big Sur coastline, this picture shows they a large enough to set up two big tents, park two cars or an, RV, a sturdy picnic table, big campfire pit and pedistal barbecue grill all incluced with the every campsite. Click this typical tent campsite from Kirk Creek ocean view Campground  tent campsite picture to enlarge.
Large Family Pacific Ocean View Campsite photo: most campsites at Kirk Creek Campground have great ocean views and views of scenic rugged Big Sur coastline like in this California central coast vacation picture showing the big family tent, picnic table in a large campground and the blue Pacific Ocean in the back. Click this Pacific Ocean View Kirk Creek Campground campsite picture to enlarge.
Kirk Creek Pacific Ocean View Campground photo: This California central coast vacation picture shows several typical ocean view campsites taken from higher on the coastal bluff shows how the gentel slope provides almost every campsite with an Pacific Ocean view. Click this Kirk Creek Campground ocean view campground campsites by the sea picture to enlarge.
Car camping in the foreground an RV camping in the back Pacific Ocean View Campsite photo: most campsites at Kirk Creek Campground have phenomenal ocean views and views of scenic rugged Big Sur coastline like in this California central coast vacation picture, Kirk Creek campground has a variety of campers from the simple bike camper, tent and car campers all the way up to big RVs. Click this photo showing the variety of campers Kirk Creek Campground ocean view tent, bike and RV campsites picture to enlarge.

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Photograph of the highway signage in front of this best Big Sur California campground Kirk Creek U.S. Forest Service Campground; Click to enlarge campground Pacific Coast Highway 1 sign to locate Kirk Creek U.S. Forest Service Campground photo.
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no water available at Kirk Creek Campbround, carry in water, water shut of attention graphic 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.
Aerial photo of Kirk Creek Pacific Ocean View Campground on a Big Sur Coastal Bluff from the Coastal Records Project, click to view the most current aerial phototgraphs of the Kirk Creek Ocean View U.S. Forest Service Campground area at the California Coastline Records Project Website.
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: Pets allowed pet friendly accommodations at this Big Sur campground. 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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Colorful Pacific Ocean Sunset Photo: view breathtaking sunsets like this right from Pacific Ocean View campsite at Kirk Creek U.S. Forest Service Campground on the Big Sur California coast. Click for a large file of this magnificent sunset over the Pacific Ocean on the California Coast.

Campground Contact Information:
Kirk Creek Campground
U.S. Forestry Campground Managed by Parks Management Company:

P.C.H. 1
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:
(805) 927-4211

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

Click to visit website for information about Kirk Creek Ocean View Campground.
Official Website for Kirk Creek Ocean View Campground


Click to visit U.S. Forest Service website for information about Kirk Creek Campground.
Official U.S. Forest Service Website for Kirk Creek Campground


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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.
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Colorful Sunset at the Pacific Ocean View Campsite photo: most campsites at Kirk Creek Campground have phenomenal ocean views and views of scenic rugged Big Sur coastline like in this California central coast vacation picture showing a beautiful sunset over the sea, take wine and beer to celebrate the beatuiful close of each day! Click this beautiful sunset at this Kirk Creek Campground ocean view campsite picture to enlarge.
Rocky Beach picture: California camping trip vacation photo of the rocky beach a short hike from this Big Sur campground. Click to enlarge this close by rocky beach picture.
Kirk Creek beach surfing picture  picture: this surfer is enjoying a small glassy wave at the beach which is just down a short trail from the campground, surfing, fishing, and beachcombing are all popular outdoor recreational activities at this Big Sur campground. Click to enlarge this surfer surfing at Kirk Creek beach picture.

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