Welcome to ”post-card land“, feel free to pitch a tent. Kirk Creek Campground offers-up a piece of saline serenity for the outdoor savvy individual. Located just five miles up Highway 1 from Sand Dollar Beach, it's the largest stretch of sand found on the Big Sur coastline.

Kirk Creek Campground is a filter-less Instagram picture in the making. There’s no need to put a seashell to your sun-kissed ear to hear the ocean—just walk to it.

Pro tip: If Kirk Creek is full, try nearby first-come, first-served Limekiln Campground.

Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans and truck campers, trailers, RVs
32 sites
Up to 8 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Picnic table available


Offered near the campground.


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Horseback riding

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Wildlife watching

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Natural features you'll find at Kirk Creek Campground.

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Hipcamper Aja
Aja P.
didn't provide a recommendation.
November 29th, 2015

Listen raccoons. You think you're gonna sneak up up on me? This is not my first time at the rodeo. Don't look at me with your cute little faces and turn your heads to the side like we're friends. WE'RE NOT FRIENDS.

I got lucky here once with a walk up site reserved for hikers/bikers, only to find the reason it was open was because of the furry little terrors who lived in the bushes behind it. JOKE WAS ON THEM because we wedged our cooler under the picnic table and then piled rocks on top of it. We still woke up to thieving little paw prints. I swear those stinkers would have climbed into our tent for the Bulleit if not for our dog, who is completely useless at only 3lbs soaking wet, but is a fairly effective coon alarm.

Hipcamper Sally
Sally K.
didn't provide a recommendation.
April 20th, 2015

Book campsite #22! This was the only site available by a fluke and the ranger said we were lucky to get it because it's the most popular spot. RIGHT on the cliff overlooking the ocean. Second all reviews about the raccoons - they even opened our water!!

Sunset timeCampsite #22 is #1Tree selfies. Where the raccoons are at night...
Hipcamper Nick
Nick L.
didn't provide a recommendation.
April 9th, 2015

Raccoons are tenacious and travel in packs here! Store your food very securely here because they run wild. We woke up to sooty black raccoon prints all over our camper, the picnic table, our cooler and everything else we left out.

Great views from the bluffs above the Pacific
Kirk Creek Campground
Hipcamper Courtney
Courtney B.
didn't provide a recommendation.
March 22nd, 2015

This is a favorite campground of mine. Keep in mind-there is no water so bring your own. Pit toilets only, no showers.

great ocean views from every site. Pit toilets only and NO water. Bring your own. beautiful Kirk Creek campground
Hipcamper Ryan
Ryan T.
didn't provide a recommendation.
April 4th, 2015

This is one of the sickest campgrounds ever. Good luck finding a spot.

Kirk Creek CampgroundSome pretty courageous raccoons live here.  Kirk Creek CampgroundKirk Creek Campground
Hipcamper Bryn
Bryn K.
didn't provide a recommendation.
April 27th, 2015

Plan to get there before 8am on a Friday if you want a weekend spot. It's incredibly popular but worth it! But they've got hiker/biker sites that don't fill up quickly if you don't need your car (or park somewhere else). Be sure to hike down to the beach!

There are a lot of private beach coves if you take a left when you get down to the beach from kirk creek. We were the only people on the beach the whole afternoon.
Hipcamper Avery
Avery J.
recommends this listing.
January 18th, 2018

Definitely worth booking faaaaar in advance. Beautiful and peaceful.

Hipcamper Crystal
Crystal C.
didn't provide a recommendation.
July 11th, 2015

Ditto to Nick's comment about Raccoons. We were awoken by a midnight raid because one of our group left some food out. We shoo'ed them away, but they egged our campsite before they left (not kidding). If your coolers aren't securable, store them in cars.

Sand Dollar Beach just down the roadAnother campsiteSand Dollar Beach just down the roadCamp site 14
Hipcamper Crystal
Crystal C.
didn't provide a recommendation.
July 11th, 2015

Two more quick tips:
Poison Oak abounds, so keep an eye out, especially if you have bets with you.
Two cars allowed per campsite, but road parking is usually easy to find for extra cars.

Sand Dollar Beach just down the roadAnother campsiteSand Dollar Beach just down the roadCamp site 14
Los Padres National Forest
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35.992° N, 121.494° W
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Tent / RV / Trailer: 32 Sites
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