Plaskett Creek Campground

Monterey County


Sand Dollar Beach


Plaskett Creek Campground, Big Sur, CA

Plaskett Creek Campground

Santa Cruz - Monterey Beach Attractions

The Santa Cruz - Monterey coast is well known for its wild and scenic beauty. Visitors to Plaskett Creek Campground are close to the popular Sand Dollar Beach.

  • Visit beautiful Sand Dollar Beach and Jade Cove.
  • Enjoy the beauty of the waterfall at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park.
  • Walk on 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.
  • Outstanding 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 should not be missed. There are also many more wonders to be enjoyed all the way along the Big Sur coast.
  • Capitola Beach's Labor Day weekend Begonia Festival is always a big hit.

Key Plaskett Creek Campground Regulations

  1. Do not feed or leave food out for wildlife.
  2. Dogs are not allowed on the trails or on the beaches. Dogs must be on leash at all times. At night they must be confined to a tent or vehicle.
  3. Quiet Hours extend from 10 PM to 6 AM.
  4. Generators may only be operated from 10 AM to 8 PM.
  5. 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 Campground 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

Plaskett Creek Campground Basics
Plaskett Creek Campground 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 at Plaskett 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.
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
Attractions near Plaskett Creek Campground : Spend a relaxing day at Sand Dollar Beach. Visit Jade Cove. Hike the Willet Trail. Enjoy surfing and fishing. Experienced hang gliders take advantage of the nearby hang glider landing area. Explore the 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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