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Big Sur’s Best Campgrounds For Beginners

These are the top places to camp in Big Sur and must-know tips from locals on how to prepare for your excursion! We have been camping in Big Sur a handful of times and it’s one of our most favored places to camp. The coastline here is truly magical and is filled with some beautiful camping spots. Since we like to stay clear of crowds during summer, we generally visit the region during the autumn or spring. This time of year is great for gorgeous sunsets and uncrowded hikes , and warm temperatures in the daytime. At night, it can be slightly cooler. Big Sur is an excellent camping spot throughout the through the year. Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park is not to be confused with Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park with only two campsites. It is on the bluff just above McWay Falls. There are plenty of hikes accessible within and within Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park including Pheiffer Falls, a hike through giant redwoods and a 60-foot waterfall. Camping fees at Pfeiffer Big Sur are $35-$50 per night. Julia Pfeiffer Burns was not listed in my listings. It’s very difficult to make a reservation at either of these places. If you’re looking for McWay Falls, your best choice is to make a reservation at Pfeiffer Big Sur. The waterfall is an hour’s drive from the campsite. Kirk Creek will always be one of our top campgrounds in Big Sur. It’s right on the bluff that overlooks the ocean. We lucked out and arrived at the same time that another camping party was packing up and got their spot right on the cliff’s edge. Half of the sites are reserved and the other half are on a first-come, First-served basis. Prepare yourself for little to no shade at this camping site. A pop-up canopy can be a great idea. Camping fees are $35 per night. Fernwood Resort was our campsite amongst the redwood trees. My only issue with Fernwood (and other campgrounds located in the redwoods) during the winter is that it is about 10 degrees cooler than a campsite that is surrounded by full sunshine. The benefit of Fernwood is the restaurant and general store for those days when you’re not in the mood to cook or if you forgot a few supplies. Fernwood Resort offers tent sites beginning at $65 per night. Andrew Molera’s campsites can only be reached via walking, which means it’s not the best spot for car camping. That being said, if you’ve got the equipment is worth the short hike to get there. Every campsite comes with an outdoor table with a fire pit, grill, and an area to store food. There are also restrooms and garbage bins in the vicinity of the camping areas, so you are not completely roughing it. Check for mile marker 51.2 that is 21 miles south from Carmel. All sites are first come first serve. Limekiln State Park is situated in the redwoods, about 56 miles south of Carmel, and it offers 29 camping spots along the creek along the beachfront and in the forest. The park was the location of a limekiln plant and a short distance from your camping spot there is a chance to visit the ruin of the limekiln, addition to walks to the beach and Limekiln Falls. Each campsite has a fire ring and a picnic table. Camping sites can be reserved for up to six months in advance and the cost is $35 per night. Nearby to Sand Dollar beach, Plaskett Creek campsite offers plenty of shade, flush toilets and running water. There are 44 camping sites nestled amid large Monterey Pines and the campground is within walking distance to the Willet hiking trail. Each site comes with camping fire rings and a picnic table. There are no hook-ups at this campsite. For campervans and travel trailers camping, the majority of campsites are simple to navigate. Camping fees are 35 dollars per night. We are big fans of packing light when camping and have put together an excellent kit that is exactly what we used when camping in Big Sur. Andrew Molera State Park is hike-in only, so you’ll definitely want to restrict what you take to the park. Camping Stove The Stove for Camping: We’ve done extensive research on the best and lightest gear for backpacking. The stove for backpacking is compact and light. Cookware This is a great cookware set because it’s extremely compact. Sleeping Bags – This sleeping bag is warm and receives great reviews. canvas tent WebTreasure hunters: We are in love with this lightweight Marmot 2-person tent. Sleeping Pads: These ones are great! The Teton Scout backpack is a fantastic choice for those looking for a lightweight, durable, and affordable backpack. The portable charger is what we use to charge our phones. If you find yourself within Big Sur, we highly recommend taking a drive towards Point Lobos State Reserve in Carmel. It’s one of the most beautiful spots to travel in Central California. To find more amazing camping spots in the United States, see our Havasu Falls travel tips, Yellowstone camping advice, and the most popular camping spots in California.

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