Limekiln State Park Campground

Monterey County


Limekiln Beach


Limekiln State Park Campground, Big Sur, CA

Limekiln State Park Campground

Monterey - Big Sur Coast Attractions

Visitors to the Monterey coast enjoy a wide variety of attractions from hidden beaches to scenic bluffs. Those who camp at Limekiln State Park Campground find nicely forested sites along the creek.

  • 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 Limekiln State Park Campground Regulations

  1. Do not feed or leave food out for wildlife.
  2. Dogs must be on leash and 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.

Limekiln State Park Campground

Notice: 2017 winter storm damage to roads and facilities has affected many area parks. "Limekiln State Park is now open, but Highway 1 is only accessible by vehicle from Nacimiento Fergusson Road. " [ June 9, 2017] Read full details at Limekiln State Park.

Limekiln State Park is along the southern Big Sur coast, 56 miles south of Carmel. The 711-acre park's main attractions include Limekiln Beach and 100-foot Limekiln Falls. The small, partially rocky beach is tucked between steep cliffs and falls under the shadow of the highway bridge. Although not a safe swimming beach, it is a popular stopping spot for picnics, sightseeing, and watching the sunset.

Limekiln State Park Campground has 27 campsites. Ten sites for small RVs, trailers, and tents are close to the beach and nearly under the bridge. Campers there enjoy the sound of the surf at night. Except for 3, most of those campsites are packed close together. Seventeen, more attractive, tent-only sites at Limekiln State Park Campground are set back from the ocean among the redwoods along Limekiln Creek. A narrow approach road means that the park cannot accommodate vehicles longer than 24 feet.

Changes in California State Parks Reservation System

California State Parks is switching to a new reservation system beginning August 1, 2017. ReserveCalifornia will replace the previous ReserveAmerica. "Beginning on midnight July 26, 2017, the website and telephone reservations for California's state parks will be temporarily offline to prepare for the exciting launch of the new system on August 1. During this time, all existing reservations will be honored. An electronic or hard copy from ReserveAmerica will need to be presented to State Parks staff when checking in for reservation made prior to July 26, 2017."

Limekiln State Park Campground Basics
Limekiln State Park Campground Location: Highway 1, 56 miles south of Carmel and 2 miles south of Lucia
Campground Open: year-round
Number of Sites: 27
Max. People per Site: 8 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: 1 vehicle and 1 legally towed vehicle or trailer
Pets: on leash, always attended
Information: (805) 434-1996

Reservations at Limekiln State Park Campground
Reservations available year-round
Booking Window: Reservations taken from 2 days up to 7 months in advance of arrival.
New dates are released in 1-month blocks on the first of each month.
Maximum Vehicle Length Trailers - 15 feet
RVs - 24 feet
Wheelchair accessible Sites: None designated
Fees: $35 per night
Online Reservations at ReserveCalifornia: Limekiln State Park Campground Reservations
or call (800) 444-PARK (7275) between 8 AM and 6 PM
Check-out, Check-in: Noon, 2 PM

Limekiln Campground Amenities
Campsites: picnic table, fire ring with grill, food storage locker
Campground: Restrooms with flush toilets, piped water
Showers: Yes, coin operated
Dump Station: No
Campground Map: Limekiln State Park Campground Map
Attractions near Limekiln State Park Campground: Visit Limekiln Beach. Hike up the Falls Trail, the Hare Creek Trail, and Kilns Trail to the four historic limekilns. Drop by nearby Kirk Creek Beach. Don't overlook Sand Dollar Beach and Jade Cove. Enjoy with a delicious meal at Lucia Lodge.

ReserveCalifornia Reservations Tips

California State Parks' new reservation system - ReserveCalifornia - now allows campers "to make reservations 6 months to the day in advance of their arrival date." For example, on January 1 reservations can be made for stays beginning on July 1. In the past, reservations were released in one-month blocks. Now it is day by day. For months with fewer days than the month 6 months away, reservations for the remaining days will be released in a small cluster on the first of the next month. For example, on March 1 (because February is a short month) you can make reservations for stays beginning August 29-31. Read details at ReserveCalifornia.


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