The best camping near Limekiln State Park

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99% (107 reviews)

A perfect intro to Big Sur, Limekiln serves up peaceful walks, crashing surf, and scenic camping "from the Redwoods to the Sea."  

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DABUDAGE

6 sites · Lodging, Tents10 acres · CA
A place to stay in southern Big Sur with camp sites and accommodations. Before sending an inquiry please read the listings. Also available as a host your own retreat venue starting at 250 per night
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SMR Carmel Camping

34 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents89 acres · Del Rey Oaks, CA
Welcome to Saddle Mountain Ranch, RV and Campground! We are located on 89 acres of forest land off Carmel Valley Road, just 5 miles from HWY 1. Nestled within oaks, Monterey pines, and redwoods, Saddle Mountain offers a great family friendly getaway for those seeking a break from the bustle of life. PLEASE NOTE, our RV and tent sites are pet friendly but YOU MUST ADD THE PET FEE EXTRA WHEN MAKING YOUR BOOKING. Our glamping stays are NOT pet-friendly aside from one of our luxury tents. We charge $5 per pet and you can bring a maximum of 2 pets. On site seasonally heated pool (Mid May through Oct). ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: *Please continue reviewing/monitoring California Travel guidelines as they may change and affect your reservation* On site seasonally heated pool (seasonally), private hiking trail, playground, Foosball table and more. No refund for inclement weather during the Winter months. We provide complementary Wi-Fi in designated areas of the park. We ask that there is no streaming at the Park so we can share Wi-Fi with all our guests. Thank you!
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Wilde Big Sur

4 sites · Lodging, Tents28 acres · Big Sur, CA
In the south coast redwood forests of Big Sur along Plaskett Creek there is a wild land waiting for you to explore it and yourself. Take in the grandeur of the forest canopy, the lush blankets of sorrel and the sound of the creek rippling through the woods. Laze in the grassy meadow, enjoy a bath in the creek or chop wood and enjoy a campfire in our heart-shaped fire ring. Encounter birds, butterflies, squirrels, deer, lizards and many other creatures on your hike to Puma Point with the most spectacular view of Sand Dollar Beach and the rugged Big Sur South Coast. Wilde Big Sur is a pristine hideaway tucked in the Redwood forest along Plaskett Creek. This is a 1/4 mile hike in/hike out property. All gear will be brought by guests up the mountain. Backpacks are highly recommended. All guests must be in good physical condition to hike up the mountain with their belongings. Guests will experience some strenuous activity getting to the property and accessing different areas on the property. Additionally, the property is off grid. Resources here are important and scarce. The water we use is directly from the creek and we filter it twice. We must be very careful with our waste water, so please do not bring soaps, lotions or skin oils. We use solar and generators for power, and conservation of power is important so we can turn on lights at night and make coffee in the morning. There are two composting toilets located 100 yards away from the creek as is required by CA law. It is a significant hike uphill to access the composting toilets. The Lotus skydeck is located another ¼ mile hike up the canyon, and there is a longer loop hike with steep trails to Puma Point with spectacular views of Sand Dollar Beach. Wilde Big Sur is located just across from beautiful Sand Dollar Beach - so we have the coastal influence and canyon shadows at play throughout the day. Layers are best, it can get warm for a short time and by sunset it can get cold and misty. Big Sur is known for the mist, so soak it in! Solitude abounds on this land. We need the land, and the land needs us. Bring your worry, your anger, your fear, your stress, your doubt, your regret - offer it to the land. Mother Gaia can take it. She knows how to process energy. She filters it, recycles it and transmutes it into wind, fire, rain - into beauty. Our tears become the streams and eventually the waves of the ocean. Allow yourself to feel deeply here.
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Creekside Camping and Mineral Baths

11 sites · Tents124 acres · Cambria, CA
We can accommodate tent campers or car campers. Each campsite fits 4-6 people. The price is $40/per person. Kids under 12 are free. Most campsites are accessible by car and all campsites are accessible by foot. PLEASE NOTE, we do not have a traditional check in procedure. Campsites are first come first serve. Expect a "self-check in process" most of the time. However, there are sometimes people working onsite that you may run into, that are happy to help and lead you in the right direction. You choose your own campsite so plan to arrive early. You can park and walk around. There is signage that says "CAMP" with Arrows. BYO water. We have sulfur spring water. Great for your skin, not good to drink! There's a couple outhouses on the property. One in the main camp zone, one at the far north end of the lower Redwood campsite. You can also bring a shovel and take a walk if you're in the more remote campsites. We have a dumpster outside the gate for your garbage. IMPORTANT INFO Please don't mind our farm junk/tools as you enter Gate 1! We are slowly working on clean up and relocation of materials from the entry road and away from view. Before you arrive, have knowledge of poison oak because it is a native plant. The main photos in the listing are taken from Hipcamp Scouts back in 2018 and they are featuring our Original campsite. This is located past the mineral baths. It's the furthest one to reach, and accessible by foot. I will update photos to depict all the campsites, but please share your photos with us on Instagram and tag @charanspringsfarm to help future campers get a view of what the sites look like with a tent set up! SULFUR MINERAL BATHS Include in your experience the use of our sulfur mineral baths. It's $10 per person. PLEASE BOOK THIS AS AN EXTRA AT CHECKOUT. The mineral baths are 2 funky vintage clawfoot tubs that are pictured in the actual listing.The photos show an accurate description of the Mineral Baths. They are not located in the main camp zone. Please call ahead to book your time slot and get directions to the mineral baths. PLEASE DO NOT BOOK IF: You are looking for "Glamping," (Glamour Camping). It's primitive camping on a private property with bonuses like the garden, rustic baths, and beautiful nature. This property has been a working farm for decades, which has struggled with hard times. If farm yards/junk piles make you uncomfortable or give you a creepy feeling, don't book because our boneyard is adjacent to the entry road and it can't be ignored. Thank you for reading this whole description and we hope you have a good experience.
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Roads End, Bradley Lockwood

2 sites · RVs, Tents12 acres · Lockwood, CA
Peaceful and private RV camping under the oaks with picnic table, fire pit and Adirondack chairs. We currently have two sites on our property. They are about 300 feet apart and not easily visible from each other. Property is fully fenced; both sites are next to an open field under the oaks with vineyard, olive orchard and mountain views. This property is 30 miles from Paso Robles and almost perfectly centered between Missions San Antonio and San Miguel. Lakes San Antonio and Nacimiento are close by. Coastal towns of Cayucos and Morro Bay are about an hour scenic drive, passing many wineries along the way. There is space for multiple RVs or additional tents sharing your party's RV restroom facilities. Site one will accommodate sixteen people and multiple vehicles. Site two will accommodate ten people and two vehicles. For larger groups we ask that that you book both sites. We have hosted many family reunions and the feedback has been 100% positive. Please feel free to message us with questions.
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Hideaway Oaks

4 sites · RVs, Tents40 acres · Lockwood, CA
This campsite is a natural setting in the corner of our lower pasture. It features several oaks and lots of room. It is an extremely private spot free from other campers or busy traffic. This site now includes a picnic table on a leveled area, a firepit and a toilet . Water is available if you wish to hike a bit up a hill. You can enjoy our beautiful evening skies, sunrises and starlit nights. If you are looking for a peaceful, poison oak free, quiet hideaway, this is your place. Trails are available for walks and taking in the views of the valley below. Since this site is tucked away in our pasture we recommend that campers arrive before dark. We are located near Lake San Antonio, Lake Nacimiento, San Antonio Mission, San Miguel Mission, Fort Hunter Liggett, and the Nacitone Museum. There is local wine tasting and we are 45 minutes away from wine tasting in Paso Robles. Many campers find this to be an ideal meeting place for family and friends coming from the north and south.
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The Hill Fort - Camelot

18 sites · RVs, Tents48 acres · Greenfield, CA
Camelot was founded on the Summer Solstice, in the year 2000, by a small group of like minded people as a peaceful refuge from the trappings and ills of society. The name "Camelot" was chosen because of the groups' belief in a round table approach to problem solving, and the desire to reach a unanimous group consensus in any course of action which might affect any one individual of the group. A pendragon was elected as the the lifetime group leader, or "first among equals". This position exists today, though the members of the original group have faded into history. We are located a 45 minute drive from Carmel Valley, CA and 50 minutes from Pinnacles National Park. We have 15 tent and RV sites available. We can only accommodate vehicles under 25 ft and there are no hookups. No campfires allowed. Wifi only works in certain areas of the property. Pets are welcome but must be kept on leash. We have a toilet and shower but campers must supply their own soap, shampoo and towels. Please note, there are a lot of animals nearby so there will be noise at night.
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TASHCREEK

4 sites · RVs, Tents5 acres · Greenfield, CA
5 USABLE ACRES LOCATED IN LAS PADRES FOREST AREA; A SPECIAL AREA ONCE HOME OF INDIANS BEAUTIFUL HIKING TRAILS AND BIKING ON PAVED SURFACES. LOCATED BETWEEN HIWAYS 1 AND 101. PINACLES PARK LOCATED 20 MILES AWAY. A SERENE UNINCORPORATED SPOT FOR RETREAT AND CAMPING ACTIVITY. SITES ARE GATED AND SAFE FROM UNINVITED TRAFFIC. CAMPFIRE RINGS CAN BE USED WITH PRIOR CONSENT. OUTDOOR TABLES. NON POTABLE WATER AND ELECTRICITY PROVIDED. LAND PHONE SERVICE AVAILABLE TO GUESTS UPON REQUEST. SELF CONTAINED RECREATIONAL VEHICLES ONLY AT THIS TIME. WELL BEHAVED DOGS WELCOME. BRING INSECT REPELLANT FOR PERSONAL COMFORT. SOME THINGS ALL CAMPERS NEED; HIKING BOOTS AS THE TERRAINE CAN BE HIKED IF DESIRED. BACK PACKS AND WATER BOTTLES. HAT FOR SUN PROTECTION. THE BASIC CAMP SITE IS CLEAN FLAT AND HAS SHADE OR SUN ACESS.. ELECTRICITY IS PROVIDED. NON POTABLE WATER PROVIDED. A FIRE PIT IS PROVIDED. SITES ARE FENCED AND GATED TO ALLOW CAMPERS TO EXPLORE SURROUNDING LOCATIONS AND NOT WORRY ABOUT VEHICLES AND BELONGINGS.
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Star Route

1 site · Lodging3 acres · Carmel Valley, CA
The original owner, of this property, Varisto,  was a happy go lucky bootlegger back in the day, that welcomed many to try his brew and listen to a song or two on the accordion.  He's good neighbor, a famous cowboy artist, Jack Swanson, and he used to have fun fishing out of the river, and sharing a glass or two.  One day as Jack was herding his cattle through the area, past Princess Camp, located across the street, he spend a little too long here at Star Route, and to his surprise, the cattle had made their way into Princess Camp startling a few campers outside their airstreams.The Esselen Indians settled just up the road at the Cachagua Community Park back in the 1800's right by the Carmel River, which has an old stone house above the river, and many places to sit and reflect.
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Redwood Cabins

5 sites · Lodging13 acres · Carmel Valley, CA
25 minute drive on a country road to Carmel Valley Village and all it's wineries and restaurants. Buy that perfect bottle of wine and enjoy it in your tent topped cabin, or redwood cabin. Nothing but peace and quiet other than the crickets, birds, frogs, and the resident owl. Relax and recharge away from city life. 40 minutes to the coast, Carmel's shops and galleries and restaurants. A few more minutes puts you on the most beautiful golf courses in the world or take Highway #1 to Big Sur for the day.  Short drive and hike to Los Padres Dam . Fishing, rubber rafts, and a gorgeous spillway. Spend the night at the Redwood Cabin on your way to your adventure at Tassjarra.  Ride your mountain bike along scenic Cachagua rd with it's SEASONAL creek to Chews Ridge. Totally private and quiet. Off the power grid. 12v power supplied by solar and batteries. Unlimited hot water in the private bath house.  The bath house is a 40 step stroll through the oaks, No tv's or microwaves. AT&T cell service along with a few other small providers. Guests love staying here "Really lovely little camp cabin. Has everything you need to elevate your camping experience while maintaining the outdoor feels. It was so nice to have a flush toilet and indoor sleeping area while being able to prepare food outdoors.The property is somewhat remote, tucked away from light pollution, providing excellent stargazing. I really enjoyed the peacefulness of this trip, and the hosts were excellent."
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OUR HAPPY PLACE

11 sites · RVs, Tents40 acres · Lockwood, CA
The property is easy Motorcycle, Auto, Van. Camper, Caravan and RV access from paved road. It's an enjoyable, primitive, quiet place to hang out. Dog and Cat friendly. Surrounded by mountains. Weak to no signal! Plenty of Wildlife with cool and quiet evenings.. The stars will be bright. Rugged setting. Clean portable potty.. Check out the BACK 40 for an even more remote rugged camping experience.... Hikers welcome.
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Moonstone Ranch (SEASCAPES)

1 site · Lodging100 acres · Cambria, CA
Located on the south side of world famous Big Sur, our property has easy access to Hearst Castle and hugs the California coast off Route 1. There are ocean views and scenic forest. We are sharing our family style ranch with you to enjoy the outdoors. There are plenty of private beaches near by and outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, fishing, surfing, and more. So just let us know what you enjoy and we will do our best to advise you on where to go.
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The best camping near Limekiln State Park guide

Overview

About

Explore the rugged beauty of the south Big Sur Coast, coastal redwoods, and one of the steepest coastal canyons in the country, largely away from the crowds, at Limekiln State Park. Highlights include a small rock and sand beach, cascading creeks, hiking trails through redwood lined canyons that lead to a 100-foot waterfall, the remnants of four historic limekiln furnaces, and stunning coastal views. Fall asleep to the sound of the surf or wake up to a view of the redwoods—the park’s campground offers nine developed campsites near a beach or among the redwoods along Limekiln Creek.

Notable Camping Spots

  • Best for beach lovers: The Limekiln Campground offers 16 campsites at its Ocean Sites near a bridge, and the closest access to the beach.
  • Best for RVs: Campsites 1 through 12 at the Ocean Sites are the only sites where RVs can camp. RVs are limited to 24 feet and trailers to 15 feet.
  • Best for ten campers and hikers: Campsites 17 to 29 at the Redwood Sites are for tent campers only, with campsites 21 to 25 the closest to the hiking trails.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  1. Reserve a campsite as soon as you know your dates, especially over the summer. Sites can be reserved at least two days and up to six months in advance.
  2. If your plans are flexible, try to visit during the week, during non-holiday periods, or over winter.
  3. If you don’t have reservations, plan to show up early in the morning to see if there are any unreserved sites available.

When to go

Spring, summer, and fall are the most popular times at the park, with the peak over summer when weekends are especially popular and campsites book up well in advance. Expect fog in the mornings even in summer, look for migrating whales in winter, and spot wildflowers in spring.

Know before you go

  • Be cautious near the ocean, as dangers include strong currents and unexpectedly large surf. There are no lifeguards on duty.
  • Do not climb the coastal cliffs or the walls of Limekiln Canyon. Stay on trails and watch out for poison oak.
  • Fires are limited to designated fire rings. Firewood is available for purchase—do not gather down or dead wood.
  • Dogs are not permitted on the beach or trails. They must be leashed and stay indoors at night.
  • Bring binoculars! Plenty of wildlife and more than 200 species of birds can be found in the area. 
  • Stream fishing is not permitted. Surf fishing is allowed, though it can be difficult and all anglers 16 and older need a fishing license.

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