Standard (tent/RV)
RV Sites
Tent Sites
Fires Allowed
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About Kirk Creek Campground

Kirk Creek Campground is an oceanside paradise, with each site overlooking the Pacific Ocean. It offers a variety of opportunities for relaxation and recreation. The campground is located on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, and is close to a variety of scenic trails that lead visitors into the Los Padres National Forest.


There is short walk to a rocky beach from the campground. A five mile ride will take you to Sand Dollar Beach, the largest sandy beach in Big Sur. It's a very popular spot for surfing, fishing, swimming, exploring, sunbathing and more. Fishing permits are required for anyone over age 16. Anglers can expect a catch of yellow perch and other coastal surf fish. The beach is dog-friendly, as long as dogs are leashed and waste is picked up.

A variety of trails exist along the beach, which lead to the bluffs that overlook the beach and coves in the area. Additional hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding trails can be accessed within a short drive of the campground, and offer scenic views of waterfalls, redwood groves and mountain meadows and streams. Directly across the highway from the campground is the Vicente Flats Trailhead, which leads into the Ventana Wilderness.


The campground offers single-family sites for tent and RV camping. Utility hookups are not available and parking surfaces within the campground are gravel and grass. Each site is equipped with a table and campfire ring with grill. Vault toilets are provided throughout the campground.

Natural Features

The campground is located on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, at an elevation of about 100 feet. It offers fantastic views of the Big Sur coastline. Campsites are spacious, open and grassy. Each site has a view of the ocean, where sunrises and sunsets are outstanding.

Wildlife in the area includes fox, bobcat, deer and raccoon. Mountain lions and bears are occasionally seen, although they have never entered the campground. From November to February each year, whales migrate along the coast and can frequently be viewed from the campground.

Nearby Attractions

The Nacimiento Road, which offers a scenic drive on a paved road to an ocean overlook and picnic area, can be accessed across the road from the campground. The road climbs to the peak, 2,500 feet above sea level. Sand Dollar Beach is located 5 miles South of Kirk Creek. Sand Dollar Beach is the largest Sandy Beach in the Big Sur Area.

ADA Access: N

Fee Info
National Forest
Drive In
Walk In
ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
Picnic Table
Sanitary Dump
Trash Available
Kirk Creek Campground is located in California
35.99 N
-121.495 W
Get Directions
From San Luis Obispo, take Highway 1 north for approximately 60 miles to the campground. From Monterey, take Highway 1 south for approximately 55 miles to the campground.
26 Reviews of Kirk Creek Campground

Wonderful visit, best view!!! We happened to drive in at the right time, had one walk- in site available. Campsites, large, away from other campers and clean. Bathrooms were also clean, but vaulted….. and so worth it because the view was amazing. Beautiful hike down to the ocean, nice small area to tide pool and picnic. Good place to stay and enjoy the view and campground. Try and bring everything u need, little camp stores are located about 20 min away, both directions, and very expensive. Beware, do not leave any food or cooler out, raccoons come out at night and will slaughter ur food 😃

Also a good place for a base camp, centrally located, close to visit places in Big Sur, like Pfieffer state park and restaurants.

It's obviously nice, just not my fav

This campground is great because of its location and yes, you look out over a beautiful view.  I felt like it was a little too open for my liking because I prefer some privacy when I camp, but you can't be too picky in paradise.  Take advantage of all the amazing hikes - especially because most will lead you to a waterfall.  And walk down to the beach because you might find a jade stone or see an elephant walrus!

Beautiful view, hiking and campground amazing!

No fires allowed, spacious sites, must book in advance. Raccoons will come through at night, must make sure everything is put away and secure. Breathtaking views and hiking trails are challenging yet worth it!

I Could Live Here

Truly one of the most beautiful places I have ever camped. The stars are out of this world, the Milky Way spans the entire sky.

We stayed 2 nights but could have stayed many more. We did have raccoon visitors each night but as long as you keep your belongings secure it’s no issue.

We went night bathing at the Esalen Institute which was one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had. Highly recommend trying to coincide your trip with their night bathing they open to the public every so often. It’s from 1-3am and is unlike anything I’ve ever done before. It’s clothing optional. We saw a constant stream of shooting stars.

Oh Kirk Creek... you da bess

My favorite campground in America. Seriously. Nothing but wonderful memories here and friendly groundskeepers. If you show up late, all spots are taken and you have to take one of the walk-in sites, make sure to tip the managers! Amazing views of the ocean and a great beach to relax on and stare at the wild surf of Big Sur. Also INCREDIBLE star gazing when the moon is down. Lots of whale and seal sightings, especially Humpbacks. Great sunsets. Make sure to bring everything you need since all this place really has is outhouses.


Always booked up on but I was able to snag a single night in the middle of the week due to a cancellation. It was well worth the three hour drive one way even for a single night! Beautiful views, perfect weather, camp host was very friendly and helpful! Looking forward to being able to go back!

Top 5 paid campsites ever!

This is one of my all time favorite campsites - it's hard to beat the ocean view, easy access to Kirk Creek and the ocean (rocky water access only from campsite but Sand Dollar Beach is just down the road), hiking trails and the rest of Big Sur right at your fingertips. The sites are fairly small and close together - this campground is all about location and views not having the place to yourself.

We stayed here over Labor Day weekend 2017 and had record high temperatures, beautiful sunsets and lots of fun exploring the area. Big Sur is a great place to visit year round.

Best views

We stayed at Kirk Creek this weekend in one of the walk up tent sites. although we could not park by the spot, we arrived that day with no reservation and we’re happy to park across the street with how beautiful how surroundings were! From what I could tell, every site had a wonderful view of the ocean with how the campground is situated on the bluff. I will most definitely stay here again!

Perfect getaway with awesome views

Just recently camped at Kirk Creek Campground in Big Sur. Site #17. We were lucky that weather was perfect as fog is usual. Site #17 is on grassy spot, but ground is not so even. Sites are small so you can hear neighbors' conversation a bit. There is no shade at this site so if you are going to be there on a hot day, be sure to take shelter of some kind to hang out. Unobstructed view of the ocean and the coast towards the West and the sunset is awesome if there is no fog. There is no water on site so bring your own water. Campfire is still allowed at this point and firewood can be purchased from the camp host. It's about $12 a bundle so probably cheaper to bring in your own. Read reviews about raccoons, but did not see any. Rabbits and squirrels are around. Important - poison oak is everywhere around camp sites and along the trail down to the beach. They are overgrown along the trail so we did not even hike down. Overall, we enjoyed this campground a lot as our first time here had been blessed with perfect weather, quiet camp neighbors, etc.

Awesome Campground.

One of the few campgrounds in Big Sur with beach access. Very different than most campgrounds in the area. It sits right on the bluff with trees and tall grass. It's a beautiful campground.