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and help you find the location of Plaskett Creek Campground.
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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.
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.
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.
Campground Contact Information:
Plaskett Creek Campground
U.S. Forestry Campground Managed by Parks Management Company:
Big Sur, California 93920
Miles from Carmel: 59
Miles from Cambria: 40
Area Information Phone:
U.S. Forestry Department
Pacific Valley Ranger Station:
Reservations: Campground Reservations call 1-877-444-6777.
Plaskett Creek Campground www.recreation.gov/...
Recreational Activities: camping, picnicking, hiking, jogging, kite flying, nature study and bird watching, mountain biking, horseback riding, four-wheeling, sightseeing, relaxing