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Plaskett Creek Campground Map Welcome Sign Picture: This map at the park entrance shows the layout of this U.S. Forest Service fee campground on the Big Sur California Central Coast Los Padres National Forest, Pacific Coast Highway 1. Click to enlarge this Plasket Creek Campgrount layout map photograph.
Plaskett Creek Campground Campsite Photo: Central California Pacific Coastal camping trip vacation picture of a drive up campsite with a picnic table, fire ring, pedistal barbacue grill and the tent is all set up at this beautiful campsite at the U.S. Forest Service Fee Campground on the scenic Pacific Coast Highway 1 in the Los Padres National Forest on the rugged Big Sur California Coast. Click to enlarge this campsite photograph from Plasket Creek Campground right across the Pacific Coast Highway from the ocean at Sand Dollar Beach.
Plaskett Creek Campground Campsite Photo: Central California Pacific Coastal camping trip vacation picture of a simple tent camp, nice shady spot under the forest canopy for the tent, a big campfire ring pit and even a pedistal barbacue grill; a perfect campsite at the U.S. Forest Service Fee Campground on the scenic Pacific Coast Highway 1 in the Los Padres National Forest on the rugged Big Sur California Coast. Click to enlarge this campsite photograph from Plasket Creek Campground right across the Pacific Coast Highway from the ocean at Sand Dollar Beach.
Plaskett Creek Campground Campsite Photo: Central California Pacific Coastal camping trip vacation picture of a very nice campsite, back the car right in, flat spots for tents, picnic table, soft green grass everywhere, bushes for privicy; the perfect tent car campsite at Plasket Creek Campground a U.S. Forest Service Fee Campground on the scenic Pacific Coast Highway 1 in the Los Padres National Forest on the rugged Big Sur California Coast. Click to enlarge this nice tent car campsite photograph from Plasket Creek Campground right across the Pacific Coast Highway from the ocean at Sand Dollar Beach.
Plaskett Creek Campground Campsite Photo: Central California Pacific Coastal camping trip vacation picture of a campsite that is typical of the center sites, big pull in paved pad for an RV, shade under the canopy of old pines and Monterey cypress tress, soft green grass, many big level spots for tents, a picnic table, big camp fire pit ring, pedistal barbacue grill, and water spiggot close by, flush toilets but no showers, oh well, an almost perfect campsite at the U.S. Forest Service Fee Campground on the scenic Pacific Coast Highway 1 in the Los Padres National Forest on the rugged Big Sur California Coast. Click to enlarge this campsite photograph from Plasket Creek Campground right across the Pacific Coast Highway from the ocean at Sand Dollar Beach.
Plaskett Creek Campground  Photo: a wide shot showing the central camping area with many campsites, the Big Sur Jade Festival is on and every campsite at this U.S. Forest Service Fee Campground on the scenic Pacific Coast Highway 1 in the Los Padres National Forest on the rugged Big Sur California Coast is full. Click to enlarge this campground photograph from a full Plasket Creek Campground right across the Pacific Coast Highway 1 from the ocean and beach.
Plaskett Creek Campground Campsite Photo: Central California Pacific Coastal camping trip vacation picture of a campsite that is typical of the center sites,  sorrounded by pines and Monterey cypress tress and soft green grass, the tent all set up, a picnic table and camp stove ready to cook lunch, big camp fire pit ring, pedistal barbacue grill, and water spiggot close by; a  perfect  tent camping campsite at the U.S. Forest Service Fee Campground on the scenic Pacific Coast Highway 1 in the Los Padres National Forest on the rugged Big Sur California Coast. Click to enlarge this campsite photograph from Plasket Creek Campground right across the Pacific Coast Highway from the ocean and beach.
Black-tailed doe deer in the Big Sur coast wildlife photo: black tailed deer like seen in this close shot of the head of a female deer are daily sight usually in the early evening or morning in the meadowlands of the Santa Lucia Mountains of the Big Sur Los Padres National forest. Click for a closer look at this Big Sur California Coastal wildlife a doe blacktailed deer doe.
Photograph of a California condor in flight; a rare sight in most places I have seen a California condor twice buzzing the Pacific Coast Highway 1, this photo taken near Plasket Creek Campground. Click to enlarge the photo of this breathtaking giant bird the California condor in flight near Plasket Creek Campground on the California Coast Los Padres National Forest.
Photograph of a California condor sitting on a rock; identifable by his wing tag a California beside Pacific Coast Highway 1, this photo taken near Plasket Creek Campground. Click to enlarge the photo of this breathtaking giant bird the California condor sitting on a rock near Plasket Creek Campground on the Pacific Coast Highway 1.
Photograph of a California condor in flight; a rare sight in most places I have seen a California condor twice buzzing the Pacific Coast Highway 1, this photo taken near Plasket Creek Campground. Click to enlarge the photo of this breathtaking giant bird the California condor in flight near Plasket Creek Campground on the California Coast Los Padres National Forest.
Photograph of a California condor in flight; a rare sight in most places I have seen a California condor twice buzzing the Pacific Coast Highway 1, this photo taken near Plasket Creek Campground. Click to enlarge the photo of this breathtaking giant bird the California condor in flight near Plasket Creek Campground on the California Coast Los Padres National Forest.
Aerial photo of Plasket Creek U.S. Forest Service Fee Campground managed by Parks Managment Company on a central California coastal bluff near Jade Cove from the Coastal Records Project, click to view the most current aerial phototgraphs of the Plasket Creek U.S. Forest Service Campground area at the California Coastline Records Project Website.

Photograph of the highway signage in front of this best Big Sur California campground Plaskett Creek Campground U.S. Forest Service Campground operated by Parks Management Company; Click to enlarge campground Pacific Coast Highway 1 sign to locate Plaskett Creek Campground U.S. Forest Service Campground operated by Parks Management Company photo.
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and help you find the location of Plaskett Creek Campground.
Attention Graphic: camp fees have increased and Plaskett Creek Campground is getting rundown; 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: The wonderful Plaskett Creek Campground is on a flattened 100 foot bluff a short distance from the ocean and beach access as well as wilderness trails; it offers 45 shady family campsites in a country meadow under a beautiful scattered canopy of large old Monterey Pines and Monterey Cypress. Fees are 22.00 per night $154.00 per week, family campsites accommodate 6-8 campers and 2 vehicles. The sites vary but all have RV pads and good tent locations and RV's are welcome although there are no hookups. The roads are paved and there are many water spigots scatted throughout the campground and several restrooms with sinks and flush toilets are available but there are no hot showers (there is a small cold creek). There are 3 nice group campsites at this same campground for up to 40 campers and 10 vehicles.
Location: Close to the Pacific Ocean on the Pacific Coast Highway 1 about 4 miles north of Gorda and 4 miles south of Mill Creek. 35° 55.136, - 121° 28.063
Directions: You will follow the scenic Pacific Coast Highway 1 either from the north or south; Plaskett Campground is 59 miles south of Carmel or 40 miles north of the village of Cambria California.

Photograph Plaskett Creek Campground Campsite in the spring: photo shows an  typical shady campsite in the green grass under the canopy of Monterey Cypress and Pines  at the Plaskett Creek U.S. Forest Service Fee Campground on off the Pacific Coast Highway 1 across from the Pacific Ocean beside Plaskett Creek in the Los Padres National Forest, a nice camp is set up with a tent and a an ice-chest to store food and the campstove is on the campground provided picnic table ready to cook some great camp grub. Click to enlarge this nice shady campsite in the U.S. Forest Service Plasket Creek Campground photo taken in the Los Padres National Forest near Pacific Coast Highway of a nice tent camp.
Facilities: Plaskett Creek Campground has 44 campsites each with a parking pad, picnic table, fire ring and pedestal barbeque. There are water spigots located throughout the campground, but there is no water, sewer or electrical hookups. The sites can be used for tenting or RVers. There is no dump station. All roads are paved and there are flush toilets and sinks in the restrooms. There are 3 group sites at Plaskett Creek that can be reserved and will accommodate 40 people each and 10 vehicles, $80.00 per night, $560.00 per week. All extra vehicles above 10 are $5.00 each to be paid on arrival and assuming they can safely fit into the designated parking area. This area has vault toilets, water spigots, fire rings, barbeques and picnic tables.
Activities: All sites have grass in them and there is plenty of room for activities, there is a small creek and trails. Close by opportunities for outdoor recreational activities abound.

Sand Dollar Beach Wide Shot Photo: Panorama photograph of Sand Dollar Beach the largest white sandy beach in the Big Sur area within walking distance of the Plaskett Creek Campground; Click to enlarge Sand Dollar Beach panorama photograph this beach across the Pacific Coast Highway and a short walk from the Plasket Creek Campground.
Click to enlarge Sand Dollar Beach photo; this nice beach only a short walk from the Plasket Creek Campground.

Close by Points of Interest: Pacific Valley Ranger Station is less than a mile north on the inland side of the Pacific Coast Highway 1.The closest services are at Gorda about 4 miles south, they have a general store, restaurant, gas station, espresso bar, and small motel and rental cottages. Beach access is within a short walk to Sand Dollar Beach, the largest sandy beach in the Big Sur area. It is a very popular spot for surfing, fishing, swimming, beachcombing, exploring, sunbathing, etc. The beach is dog friendly as long as they are on a leash and they are cleaned up after. There are also many trails that can be accessed from the Sand Dollar Beach facility which lead to exploration of the bluffs overlooking the beach and other coves and beaches in the area. Other great beach and ocean shore picnic options are close also; Mill Creek is a short drive north and Willow Creek is just south both offer beach access, restrooms, and nice picnic areas; Willow Creek Road offers the endless possibilities of the Big Sur Ventana wilderness and Plaskett Ridge Road which leads into the Big Sur backcountry is at the southern end of the campground. 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.
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: I've found that the best to visit the Big Sur Pacific coast is the middle of September though the end of May you don't have to fight the crowds and the fog brings needed moisture it can spoil a nice summer day. Of course should the fog roll in you can always trek inland it it quite beautiful when you above it in the sunshine looking down it. Nearest gas, restaurant, general store is small, expensive and 4 miles south in Gorda; closest dump station is 38 miles south to San Simeon State Park. Large amounts of Poison Oak on trails. Best to bring your own firewood and everything although it may be purchased from the store at Gorda.


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

P.C.H. 1
Big Sur, California 93920
Miles from Carmel: 59
Miles from Cambria: 40
PHONE: 805-434-1996
Area Information Phone:
U.S. Forestry Department
Pacific Valley Ranger Station:
(805) 927-4211

Reservations: Campground Reservations call 1-877-444-6777.
Make camping reservations online or check campsite availability at Plaskett Creek Camground.
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Recreational Activities: camping, picnicking, hiking, jogging, kite flying, nature study and bird watching, mountain biking, horseback riding, four-wheeling, sightseeing, relaxing







Plasket Creek Campground entrance  picture: California camping trip vacation photo, you can see the ocean is just across the Pacific Coast Highway of this Big Sur campground; this photo is taken from the cheap bicycle campsite, the only site with an ocean view too. Click to enlarge this ocean view picture showing the campground entrance taken from the cheap bicycle campsite.
Plasket Creek Campground ocean view sunset picture: California camping trip vacation photo of the sunset through the pine trees over the Pacific Ocean; this photo is taken from picnic table at the cheap bicycle campsite, the only site with an ocean view too. Click to enlarge this ocean view picture showing the beautiful colorful Pacific Ocean sunset taken from the cheap bicycle campsite.
Wild turkeys heading up the hill in Big Sur high country photo: wild turkeys in a small group like this are common in the meadowlands of the Santa Lucia Mountains and grassland of the Big Sur Los Padres National forest backcountry Ventana and Silver Peak wilderness areas. Click this photo of a small flock of turkeys to enlarge.
Wild tom turkey Big Sur high country wildlife photo: small flocks of wild turkeys are common in the meadowlands of the Santa Lucia Mountains of the Big Sur Los Padres National forest backcountry Ventana and Silver Peak wilderness areas; usually there are several hens and one or two gobblers or tom turkeys as the males are called, click this wildlife photo for a larger file.
California Quail Big Sur California coast wildlife photo: Close up photo of the head of California State Bird the California quail that are common in the meadowlands and chaparral covered hills Santa Lucia Mountains of the Big Sur Los Padres National forest coast foothills. Click this wildlife nature photograph of the California Quail head close-up to enlarge.
Raccoon picture: a little masked bandit that will visit camp at night; lock up and stow away your food, keep a clean camp and don't tempt them or they will eat your food, spread your garbage and demolish your camp if you let them. Click to enlarge this cute raccoon picture.
Big Sur wildlife photo of a pair of playful red fox pups: red foxes are common in the Plaskett Creek Campground area, not much afraid of people but a little shy you will see them on the outskirts of the campground or scurrying quickly though. Click to enlarge this Big Sur wildlife photograph of a couple of playful red fox pups.

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