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Located in the hills above the Big Sur coast is Los Padres National Forest

Big Sur Walk-In Campgrounds

Julia Pfeiffer State Park has 2 enviro-camps perched on a cliff overlooking McWay beach

Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park is the main State Park @ Big Sur center, a bit further north


Nearby towns w/ Lodging:

  • Big Sur California
  • Gorda, CA
  • Lucia, CA
  • King City
  • San Simeon
  • Coastal Wilderness Maps Coastal Maps Los Padres Maps Big Sur Maps

    Big Sur Beach Camping

    This park offers only 2 environmental camp spots, but these primitive sites are the best scenic, coastal camping anywhere in Central & Southern California. Located on a small forested hill top cliff, over looking the beautiful Pacific & a gorgeous McWay cove. The cove has a spectacular waterfall that drop fresh stream water into the ocean & white sandy beach, although the falls cannot be seen from the camp. Below crashing waves against large rocks lull you to sleep.

    You must park in the parking lot & hike your camping gear in less that 1 mile, pack out your garbage. There is a small outhouse w/pit toilet & regular flush toilets back by the parking lot. These spots are in high demand & must be reserved as early as possible.


    Only 2 enviromental campsites are located within this park.
    Situated on a shady bluff above a gorgeous cove. They must be reserved in advance, as these are some of the best camping sites along the entire California coast in very impressive & a pristine surrounding.

    And if you cannot reserve these awesome campsites, the other 2 BEACH CAMPING sites available on the Big Sur Coast are:
  • Limekiln State Park (reservations accepted)
  • Los Padres' Kirk Creek Campground @ Nacimiento Rd & Coast Hwy 1 (on a first come, first serve basis)
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    Big Sur Hiking

    The beach trail that wraps around the white sandy cove is one of the most beautiful waterfalls on all Pacific Coastline. Wilderness streams with cedar groves are behind this canyon invites you to a cool misty morning hike.

    Partington Cove - an excellent way to spend a day hiking. Waterfalls, redwoods, rocky beaches!

    Limekiln State Park - has a easy waterfall hike.



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