Kirk Creek Campground

Monterey County


Kirk Creek Campground, Big Sur


Kirk Creek Campground, Big Sur, CA

Kirk Creek Campground

Santa Cruz - Monterey Beach Attractions

Visitors to the Santa Cruz - Monterey coast find a wide variety of attractions from popular surfing destinations around Santa Cruz to the wild and scenic Big Sur coast. Campers at Kirk Creek Campground have great views of the ocean.

  • Visit beautiful Sand Dollar Beach and Jade Cove.
  • Enjoy the beauty of the waterfall cascading onto the beach at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.
  • Run your bare feet through the green sand and view the spectacular rocks at Pfeiffer Beach.
  • Surfing is popular at Santa Cruz's famous Steamer Lane as well as to the south at Carmel.
  • Excellent pier fishing can be enjoyed at Santa Cruz's well-developed wharf as well as at the Capitola's pier and the popular Seacliff Beach pier.
  • For wildlife and scenery, Point Lobos State Park leads the list. There are also many more wonders to be enjoyed all the way down the Big Sur coast.
  • Attend the Begonia Festival on Labor Day weekend at Capitola Beach.

Key Kirk Creek Campground Regulations

  1. Do not feed or leave food out for wildlife.
  2. Dogs are not permitted on trails or the beach. At night they must be confined to a tent or vehicle.
  3. Generators may only be operated between the hours of 10 AM and 8 PM.
  4. For safety, stay on the hiking trails as the canyon walls are steep.

Kirk Creek Campground

Kirk Creek Campground sits on a bluff overlooking the ocean, a short distance south of Lucia in southern Big Sur. The campground is in the Los Padres National Forest. Nearby to the north is Limekiln State Park and to the south, Sand Dollar Beach. The nearby beach is narrow and at high tide portions of it can be covered by waves. Because of the beautiful ocean views from most of the campsites, they are in high demand.

Kirk Creek Campground has 32 campsites spread across a grassy bluff. All the campsites can accommodate RVs, trailers, and tents. There is no water at the campground. All of the campsites must now be reserved ahead of time; there are no longer any first-come, first-served sites. There is a Hike & Bike campsite.

Kirk Creek Campground Basics
Kirk Creek Campground Location: Highway 1, 60 miles south of Carmel and 6 miles south of Lucia
Campground Open: year-round
Number of Sites: 32
Max. People per Site: 8 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 1 vehicle and 1 legally towed vehicle or trailer
Pets: on leash, always attended
Monterey Ranger District: (831) 385-5434

Reservations at Kirk Creek Campground
Reservations required year-round, no first-come, first-served sites available
Booking Window: Reservations taken from 8 days up to 6 months in advance of arrival.
Camping Limit: 14 days in any one year
Maximum Vehicle Length 30 feet
Wheelchair accessible Sites: None designated
Fees: $35 per night
Hike & Bike sites - $5 per person
Reservations: Kirk Creek Campground Reservations
Check-out, Check-in: 2 PM, 3 PM

Kirk Creek Campground Amenities
Campsites: picnic table, fire ring with grill; no hook-ups
Campground: Vault toilets, no potable water
Showers: No
Dump Station: No
Attractions near Kirk Creek Campground: Take apicnic to Mill Creek Beach, Sand Dollar Beach, and Jade Cove. Hike the Willet Trail. Find good surfing along the coast. Try you luck surf fishing. Enjoy with a delicious meal at Lucia Lodge. Experienced hang gliders have a hang glider landing area nearby. Hike into the Ventana Wilderness.

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