Big Sur Camping Sites & Campgrounds

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Plaskett Creek Campground has green lawns, flush toilets & across from Sand Dollar Beach, on Hwy 1 / Ponderosa Campground, on the other hand, has oaks and easy access from Hwy 101

Central Coast Camping

Monterey Ranger District of Los Padres National Forest manages several Campgrounds along the Central Coast. Most are first come, first serve.

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Alder Creek Camp

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Willow Creek Road #23S01

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Los Padres National Forest

  • Ventana Wilderness
  • Silver Peak Wilderness

primitive camp sitesFree camping in Big Sur
can be found on dirt back roads:

No charge camp sites means dirt road access, tighter camp fire restrictions & no facilities (table, bathrooms, fire pits). None of these free camp sites are located on the beach or ocean shoreline. They are situated in the mountains near the coast.  These premium, hard to find camp spots usually require that you venture off the beaten path – w/ a National Forest map or regional topo map. If you want to camp without the tourists and crowds, with excellent views of the coast & the night sky, plus avoiding all fees – then take one of these dirt roads off the main highway & start exploring (preferably before sunset, with a high clearance vehicle)

Free camping California

Big Sur Private Campgrounds -

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Prewitt Ridge Camping