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and help you find the location of Nacimiento Campground.
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Description: Nacimiento Campground is a small campground along the side of a mountain trout stream among the pines and oaks of Big Sur high country, the campground has 8 units, each with a picnic table, fire ring and pedestal barbecue grill. Best as tent campsites not advised for RV's, RV's longer 25 feet not allowed. $10.00 per night 6-8 persons max.
Location: on Nacimiento-FergussonRoad (Forest Rte 22S01) 11 miles from Pacific Coast Highway I and 40 miles from Highway 101. The Nacimiento-Fergusson Road runs from the coast at Kirk 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. +36° 0' 46.80", -121° 24' 46.80"
Click to enlarge this breathtaking scenic Pacific Ocean view photo taken from high up on Nacimiento-Fergusson Road.
Directions: Leaving the coast and traveling up the mountains on Nacimiento-Fergusson Road is an experience in itself, the road is narrow, twisty and steep; I love it in my sports car but I wouldn't want to do it in a big RV or pulling a trailer and it would be even worse going back down; the Nacimiento campground is about only about 11 miles (if you drive this road from west to east you will want to stop many times to look back and shoot photos of the scenic views). It would be easier a RV rig with trailer to enter and exit from the east through Hunter-Liggett but this can get confusing. From the U.S. Highway 101 Nacimiento-Fergusson Road can be reached from the King City area at Jolon Road (county road G-14), from the Bradley area at Jolon Road (county road G-18), or from Paso Robles along county road G-14. Travel to the town of Jolon, continue west along Mission Road about 4 miles, then west on Nacimiento-Fergusson Road for about 19 miles. You have to pass through Hunter-Liggett military reservation, you will be asked for your driver's license, proof of auto insurance and vehicle registration when you enter at the reservation's gates. You should check by telephone in advance and obtain a good local map before using these roads.
Facilities: Eight campsites among the oaks and pines each with a picnic table, fire ring and pedestal barbecue grill, RV's no longer than 25'. Vault toilets but NO running water at this campground.
Activities: camping, hiking, 4 wheeling, sightseeing, fishing and hunting.
Click to enlarge this beautiful photo of the restored Mission San Antonio de Padua de California Photo.
Close by Points of Interest: Wilderness and more 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 water falls, groves of Redwood Trees, breathtaking views, meadows and streams. Mission San Antonio is worth the drive from the campground; it is located on the Fort Hunter Liggett Military Base, it is one of the oldest Missions in California and it offers the Catholic Chapel, a museum, a self guided tour of the original Mission out-buildings locations and grounds, original aqueducts and Indian cemetery; the Hearst Hacienda Guest Lodge and Hacienda Lounge is located there also (Hearst Hacienda Guest Reservations: 831-386-2262).
Pets & Misc. Regulations: This is a U.S. Forestry Campground, dogs are allowed in the campground and on the trails.
Helpful Hints: The best time to visit this wonderful campground is in-between rains October-June, pick your dates carefully in summer it can be hot and dusty and buggy sometimes late summer fall too. Temperatures can get over 100° in the summer. There is no water at Nacimiento Campground, bring lots of water. You are miles from any services so be sure and use a check list and don't forget anything.
Hearst Hacienda Guest Lodge is a wonderful place located on the Fort Hunter Liggett Army Base; it would make a great break in a Nacimiento Campground camping trip, stay overnight at this fantastic lodge, have a nice shave, hot shower, sleep on a comfortable real bed and soak in the historic William Randolph Hearst history, magnificent end to a great camping vacation! Click to enlarge the Hearst Hacienda Guest Lodge back courtyard Nacimiento Campground nearby point of interest photo.
U.S. Forest Service Los Padres National Forest Campground Contact Information:
Nacimiento Campground; Parks Management Company:
Miles from P.C.H. 1: 11 miles
Miles from Carmel: 64
Miles from Cambria: 67
PHONE: 805- 434-1996
Road Status and Hunter-Liggett military reservation access information:
(831)386-2513 or (925)875-4636
Area Information Phone:
U.S. Forestry Department
Pacific Valley Ranger Station:
Reservations: not required
Recreational Activities: camping, hiking, 4 wheeling, sightseeing, fishing and hunting.