Limekiln Campground

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About Limekiln Campground

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This coastal campground has two main loops: one that winds along the redwoods along Limekiln Creek, and one that perches on cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. There are 29 campsites (4 are walk-in), and RVs and trailers aren’t allowed on the redwoods side (only at campsites 5 through 16). The two loops have very different atmospheres, and, in general, you will find families Read more...
This coastal campground has two main loops: one that winds along the redwoods along Limekiln Creek, and one that perches on cliffs overlooking the Pacific Ocean. There are 29 campsites (4 are walk-in), and RVs and trailers aren’t allowed on the redwoods side (only at campsites 5 through 16). The two loops have very different atmospheres, and, in general, you will find families on the Redwood side and surfers and ocean-lovers on the other. Some of the sites on the ocean view are in the shadow of the Highway 1 overpass, so keep that in mind as you are selecting your site. Word on the street is that the best sites are 1, 2, and 3, but they are first-come, first serve and you can’t reserve specific sites online, so getting there early is always a good idea.
Fires are allowed
Potable water is available
Pets are allowed
  • Listing type: Public
  • No. of sites: 28
  • Phone: (805) 434-1996
  • Accessible by: Drive
  • Accommodation: Tent Only, Tent, Vehicles & RVs

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Hipcamper David

The area is beautiful. My review is specific to the camping context.

Looking at the photos, the sites look amazing, but they're actually quite cramped. While our site (#27) looked private on the reservation site, it was not. This was true of several other sites nearby as well. No one in the vicinity had any privacy. The map on the reservation site is *very* deceptive. The yellow is not a road: it's the boundary of the campsite, with most of the area inside the boundary being a road. I've camped many places, and I doubt I'll return to this campground. Also, be aware that a 2nd car requires a $10 extra per night charge, which we didn't learn until we arrived, despite having registered two vehicles for our site during the reservation.

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Hipcamper Tiana

As of September 2015, reservations are site specific.

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Hipcamper Matthew

Limekiln was a last resort for finding a campsite in Big Sur, Didn't make reservations and it was summertime (stupid I know) the camp hosts were super chill and gave us what they said was the best site in the campground. Site 16: Redwoods/secluded/creekside

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Hipcamper Sydney

If you're looking for beach + secluded forest + great (short) trails in one place, Limekiln has it all.

From the top of the redwoods loop (near sites 23/24) down to the beach is maybe a 5 minute walk, but feels like two totally different worlds. The creek behind the campsites is crystal clear (and cold) water, which is wildly refreshing after spending some time on the beach, even in late September. When we visited earlier this week, the creek was flowing nicely and gave the perfect soundtrack for the best night's sleep on our trip.

Plenty of wildlife - we saw deer, Steller's Jays, and sea lions bobbing in the ocean at sunset. Absolutely beautiful park. We'll definitely be back!

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Hipcamper Kim

Camp host is amazing and very friendly. Showers/bathrooms are great and close by. Campsites are very close together so you will hear if anyone is having a party at night. Overall, it's a beautiful campsite and great alternative if you cannot get a spot in Big Sur. You can drive and hike Pfeiffer during the day, there was even a family next to us who would surf during the days. We booked 1 week prior and got a spot no problem.

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Hipcamper Josef

Haven't been to confirm, but it looks like all the sites are non-specific meaning you will be assigned a site on arrival and might not get the spot you had originally reserved.

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Hipcamper Matthew

Also keep a eye on your little ones and pets, there were two mountain lions stalking a family while we stayed there. This shouldn't keep you from staying here though, its super rare for that to happen. This is one of my favorite spots in Big Sur for sure.

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Hipcamper Andrew

Highly recommend this camp ground for both small and large groups. If you're in a large group be sure to pay the extra and get two camp spots for the car parking. Sites #24 and #25 are the ones we had. #24 is the largest we had and next to trail head. Others seemed very small but good for two people / small tents. Site #29 has a really cool three-tiered element to it that allows you to park at the bottom, cook on a 2nd flat section, and put your tents on a 3rd flat area. I'll probably try to book that one next time. Awesome trails nearby that are short and beginner friendly but also have access to the CA Coastal Trail from the camp ground.
Had to take Nacimiento-Fergusson Rd due to closures on HWY 1. Good alternate route though.

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Hipcamper Sofia

Need to book well in advance! We had a site up the back near the redwoods, which was great

Hipcamper Nathan

Hike the the kilns, Try to get campground #1! Its very private and you have an ocean view.

Hipcamper Briana

What an incredible place. Friendly staff, clean restrooms and showers, and no reception. We stayed in the little section of four sites along the river (site 15 to be specific) at the end of January and loved it. Nice and secluded, compared to the sites up in the Redwoods; sites above seemed rather exposed and close to neighbors.

Definitely book far, far in advance as this place books up quick! We felt lucky to have the campground to ourselves (mudslides caused the HWY 1 to close down from both directions; a camp host text us letting us know and gave us an alternate route).

The walkable beach access was amazing, and the contrast of the woods and the beach was magical.

We will be back!

Hipcamper Dana

My favorite place to camp. Waterfall, beach, ruins, redwoods, absolute perfection. Securing a weekend campsite in the summer is nearly impossible though.

Hipcamper Mark

Do all the hikes at the site, absolutely gorgeous. There's one hike where you can eventually find a natural pool

Hipcamper Mark

Do all the hikes at the site, absolutely gorgeous. There's one hike where you can eventually find a natural pool

Hipcamper Amber

I grew up in a small town just south of Limekiln, and camped here frequently as a young person. I went back with my husband on a recent trip and while it was as beautiful as I remember, it was also very cramped. Being people who like to have privacy and often find out-of-the-way spots, this campground does not offer that. We got the last site and it was on the beach. It's not private at all, but you are right next to the ocean, so it was ok. The vibe was very friendly and the walk through the redwoods is worth the expensive night (40-ish bucks) for camping. Site 29 is by far the best spot in the whole place. Because I camped here as a kid, it will always be magical to me!

Hipcamper Kathleen

Great place to go for walk in winter camping!

Hipcamper Lorena

The weather and temperature can be very different from the campsites inland to the beach.

Hipcamper renee

Make sure to check out the waterfalls and feel free to explore the path less traveled. With beach access as well, this is a great spot. It's a big campground and the campsites are pretty close together.

Hipcamper Pepper

Site one the brook are quiet and private and offer spectacular calm among the redwoods.

Hipcamper Briana

This trip blew our minds (my husband and I). I managed to grab a reservation for the very end of January - right when a lot of the mudslides were occurring. Because of the mudslides, we took the inland route (since HWY 1 was closed) and it only added more adventure to our trip. The back route (Nacimiento-Furgusson Rd) spits you out straight onto HWY 1 after driving through Fort Hunter-Liggett.

Because of the closed HWY and mudslides, it seemed to us like a lot of people bailed on their reservations so we had the campground almost to ourselves. The stream that ends at the beach was roaring and the waterfall was full and breath taking! Awesome camphosts and just a beautiful, peaceful location.

One of my favorite places I have ever camped!

Hipcamper Stephanie

We stayed at the Ocean beach front site. We initially had site #5 but we traded with a huge family who had #4 because they had 6,7, and 8 lol. We didn't mind because we actually thought the view was better. We totally lucked out because the weather was nice and most of the "to do" things around big sur wasn't as crowded as it usually would be since the road's are still closed. It was awesome just driving with no one on the road/at super popular spots which made it much more enjoyable ya know?! hehehe.

On the way out we saw the other side of the sit which was a little more woody- would love to try that out.

Enjoyed our time here

Park
Limekiln State Park
State
California
Phone Number
(805) 434-1996
Directions
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Official Website
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Coordinates
36.01° N, 121.518° W
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