Situated on California’s scenic Big Sur Coast, about 55 miles south of Monterey, Limekiln State Park has weathered its fair share of hardships. It began in the late 1800s, when the Rockland Lime and Lumber Co. began stripping the limestone out of the canyon for use as building materials for the burgeoning San Francisco area. At the time, the redwood forest covering these coastal slopes was almost entirely clearcut. Nearly a century later, after recovering, the area was almost clearcut again, but conservation groups intervened. It finally became a state park in 1995. Since then, a portion of the park burned in 2008, then it was threatened with closure in 2012, due to state budget shortfalls. The park was saved once again when the Save the Redwoods League stepped in to assist with funding and maintenance needs.
The small campground in Limekiln State Park offers 29 campsites in two areas along Limekiln Creek. About half are in an open area near the highway, with beach access; the other half are located upslope, under a canopy of shady redwoods. Sites are small and can only accommodate trailers up to 15 feet, and RVs up to 24 feet; each site is equipped with picnic tables and fire rings. Both upper and lower camp areas have drinking water, restrooms, showers and picnic areas. Firewood gathering is not permitted in the park, and dogs must remain leashed at all times. Visitors should keep in mind that this is a rugged coastal environment, and exercise caution around cliffs and near the ocean; climbing on the cliffs is not permitted. Campsite rates are $35/night.
The main attraction at Limekiln State Park is the old lime kilns that still sit at the base of the hillside, more than a century since their last use. These giant furnaces were used to purify the limestone being mined out of the canyon, before it was shipped north for construction uses. The kilns can be seen via a 0.5-mile trail from the upper camp area. A short side trail on the way to the kilns leads to 100-foot Limekiln Falls. Watch out for poison oak while hiking. The park is also a great place for wildlife watching. Keep your eyes peeled for bobcats, foxes and ringtails on shore, and otters and gray whales in the ocean. More than 200 species of birds are known to inhabit the area, including pelicans, peregrine falcons and California condors.
This was a lst minute trip planned and thankfully die to a cancellation we were able to get one of the best camp sites with a view with only two days notice! Our front view was a beautiful beach barely used and our back view were mountains and trees and withing those trees were beautiful hikes with waterfalls, wood bridges, streams and historic lime kilns. It was our perfect campsite! Showers and restrooms close by, the staff was super nice and they are dog friendly! We stayed three nights and four days and absolutely loved every minute of it!
Gorgeous state campground , Alongside a stream, nestled in redwoods, and 4 sites on the beach! It doesn’t get much better than this. couple hikes starting from the campground, but plenty of exploring to be had. i stayed here in April , May and most recently, in January. ( winter makes stream crossings , much more of a challenge !) one of my favorite campgrounds ever.
LOVE this campground. You get the best of both worlds, forest and beach. Not many campsites but if you can get a reservation it's worth it. There's. waterfall in the park and a beautiful creek that runs through.
Great camp sites. They're small so only tents and vehicles can camp there. Running water nearby most camp sites and trails to explore to waterfalls and lime depository locations. Darkest night I have ever slept through.
We camped up the hill in the Redwood Forrest. There's a great hike up to see the Limekilns with a beautiful waterfall.
There's also beach camping and we watched a beautiful sunset.
The camping spots are a little sparse down by the beach, but the ones up in the redwoods are beautiful.
This was my first ever camping trip and we didn't have any reservations. We were lucky to pull in and here the news that they had vacancies due to cancellations. So we had our choice of the redwoods or beach. We picked redwoods. It was beautiful! The creek running behind our site made for a relaxing night of sleep. The only downside was that the sites are right next to each over. But our neighbors were super nice, warm and welcoming.
there is a short walk to get to a waterfall after passing through the limekilns
hard to get, but can hike into awesome waterfalls; have been there several times both in June & September
You are camping in the woods and big trees you can either hike up to the waterfall or down to the Ocean. It is unequaled in this respect. Campsites are big and well tended to.
Easily the most beautiful place we’ve ever camped. Whether you love the forest or the beach, there’s something for everyone. The trails are easy and worth it. Camp hosts have been wonderful. Restrooms are clean. Sites are always booked up so don’t expect to walk in!
This spot is easy to pass as you cruise along route one but pulling off and scoring a camp site on the right fork on the creek is a great way for some privacy and relaxing water sounds. The sites closer to the beach are kinda crammed in there with less privacy so while the others are further for the beach they offer more of a Forrest feel. Easy short walk to the beach and easy on and off of route one.