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.
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.