Camping at Limekiln State Park

San Francisco Limekiln State Park Campground

Added by George Miller

Camp by the beach in Big Sur with cliffs on either side and river cascading into the ocean. Explore the nearby Redwood forest with waterfalls, limekilns and a variety of trails.

This campsite is split into two sections and is located directly below a bridge along Route 1 the Pacific Coast Highway. Be cautious turning into the park as the incline and turn are quite serious.

Below the bridge are campsites located both along the tree line and tiered up along the hill. Under the bridge is a combination of a rocky and sandy beach with beautiful views of the sunset. There is also a river that flows into the ocean along a variety of rocks worn smooth over the ages.

The second set of campsites are located a mere 200 yards back from the others along the river and up into the redwood forest. There are bathroom and showers located between the two campsites. All of the sites have room to fit at least one car and provide a picnic table, fire pit and flat areas for tents.

There are a few hiking trails at the far end of the campsite that lead off towards the old Limekilns and a beautiful double waterfall. The trails wind through beautiful wilderness and can provide a full day of discovery for folks young and old. I do advise that visitors pack layers as the weather between the beach and the redwood forest can vary quite extremely.

General Information:
  • Park Hours 8am - Sunset (The gate closes for the night so no entry or exit) Maximum Trailer Length 15 Feet Maximum Camper/Motorhome Length 24 Feet Contact Information (805)434-1996 24 Campsites available for reservation online

Pack List

  • Car/bike
  • Tent/RV
  • Food/beverages
  • Sleeping bag
  • Supplies for a fire
  • Camera
  • Flashlight
  • Music
  • Layers of clothing for all occasions
  • Hammock
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Activities:

Camping, Chillin, Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Year Round

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Features:

Bathrooms
Beach
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Groups
Handicap Accessible
Picnic Area
River
Romantic
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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2 months ago

Beautiful little spot

Loved this little campground nestled among the trees beside the little creek—made for a great juxtaposition to the vast powerful ocean beside us. Great base camp for exploring Big Sur. Quiet and intimate.

2 months ago

about 1 year ago

Beautiful!

Waterfalls, rivers, and the ocean...what more can you ask for? The waterfalls are only a 15 min walk from the campsite, and the forest itself is stunning. So many greens and reds and Browns, with the river always by your side as you follow it to the waterfall. I can't wait to go again, a definite favorite of mine.

about 1 year ago

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