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
Tent or RV sites
32 sites
Up to 8 guests per site
Up to 6 vehicles
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Picnic table available
No potable water


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 Colette
didn't provide a recommendation.
March 17th, 2023

Is anyone willing to sell me their spot for may 10-12 just two nights?

Hipcamper Kimothy
Kimothy D.
recommends this listing.
July 2nd, 2019

Magical. The views here require no phone filters. Walk up to the cliffs and water. Most popular sites are 8 and 9 that directly overlook the cliffs. 9 has its own path to the trail down towards the water. There's a bathroom but no running water here. Haven't ever experience any wild animals here. Some walk-in/bike-in sites. Otherwise, it's best to reserve the campsites far in advance. If you try to walk up during peak season, you'll be out of luck.

Hipcamper Starr
Starr S.
recommends this listing.
February 1st, 2019

Love, love, love waking up at the edge of the world!

Hipcamper Nick
Nick L.
recommends this listing.
December 18th, 2018

The raccoons in this campground are bold! They ate all of our food. Also be aware of the ticks out here in Big Sur. They are in every campground near the beach. Also has amazing views at sunset, toilets, picnic tables, and fire rings.

Hipcamper Vincent
Vincent S.
recommends this listing.
November 9th, 2018

Best time to go is Fall.

Hipcamper spencer
Spencer B.
recommends this listing.
September 18th, 2018

Beautiful views, right on the coastline. Being big sur there are no sandy beaches, but the coastline is stunning none the less. Well maintained when I was there, although raccoons are everywhere and if you do not use the provided food storage containers they will chew their way into your tent and eat your food (according to the camp host it has happened many times).

Hipcamper Melissa
Melissa K.
didn't provide a recommendation.
June 4th, 2018

I've stayed at 3 different campgrounds in Big Sur and this is by far my favorite. Insane views, magical little paths down to the beach. You really can't beat waking up here. It was pouring rain during our last trip and and it was still beautiful! Definitely book in advance! I've also had luck arriving at 7am on a Friday and snagging a spot as people are waking up and packing up.

Hipcamper nick
Nick C.
didn't provide a recommendation.
May 16th, 2018

hey ... looking for advice on which sites would be large enough for a 30' Airstream? thanks :)

Hipcamper Karen
Karen Q.
recommends this listing.
February 9th, 2018

Temperature can drop pretty low, especially the closer you are to the water. Also, toilet isn't the cleanest. But the views are amazing! And price is one of the most affordable I've found.

Los Padres National Forest
United States
Phone Number
(805) 968-6640
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35.992° N, 121.494° W
Unknown price
Tent / RV / Trailer: 32 Sites
(Up to 8 people per site)