Plaskett Creek Campground

Monterey County

Sand Dollar Beach

Plaskett Creek Campground, Big Sur, CA

Plaskett 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.

  • 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 popular Seacliff Beach pier and concrete ship.
  • 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
  • Gaze at the beautiful waterfall at Julia Pfeiffer Burns as it cascades onto the beach.

Key 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.

Plaskett Creek Campground

Plaskett Creek Campground is along the southern Big Sur Coast, 60 miles south of Carmel. The campground is in the Los Padres National Forest. Campsites are within walking distance of beautiful Sand Dollar Beach and a short distance from Jade Cove. Plaskett Creek is popular with families, jade collectors, cyclists, and surfers. Many people camp at Plaskett Creek during the annual Big Sur Jade Festival, which is held in October next door at Pacific Valley School.

Plaskett Creek Campground is on the inland side of Highway 1, yet the crashing surf can still be heard at many of the 37 campsites. The campground has a park-like setting, under a scattered canopy of mature Monterey pine and cypress trees. All of the campsites can accommodate RVs, trailers, and tents. There are also 3 Group Campsites

Campground Basics
Location: Highway 1, 60 miles south of Carmel and 6 miles south of Lucia
Campground Open: year-round
Number of Sites: 37
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 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.
Maximum Vehicle Length 30 feet
Camping Limit: 14 days
Wheelchair accessible Sites: #10
Fees: $35 per night
Reservations: Plaskett Creek Campground Reservations
Check-out, Check-in: Noon, 2 PM

Plaskett Creek Campground Amenities
Campsites: picnic table, fire ring with grill; no hook-ups
Campground: Restrooms with flush toilets, piped water
Showers: No
Dump Station: No
Nearby Attractions: Sand Dollar Beach, and Jade Cove, Willet Trail, surfing, fishing, hang glider landing area, Ventana Wilderness

Plaskett Creek Group Campsites

Plaskett Creek Campground has 3 group sites. Each of them can accommodate up to 40 people and 10 vehicles. Sites can accommodate RVs, trailers, and tents. The groups sites have several tables, grills, and a campfire circle. Vault toilets and drinking water are available at the sites. Reservations can be made from 8 days up to 12 months before arrival date.
Fee: $150 per night
Reservations: Plaskett Creek Group Camp Reservations

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