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Plaskett Creek Campground and Group Sites
Campground Overview:

Plaskett Creek Campground offers a beautiful location walking distance from Sand Dollar Beach, the largest sandy beach in the Big Sur area.
Plaskett Creek is very popular with familes due to it's large grassy sites, flush toilets and park like setting. The campground gives visitors access to a variety of outdoor activities, including water play and exploration of the surrounding hills and forests. The family-friendly campground offers comfortably equipped sites, allowing anyone to enjoy a relaxing stay in the Los Padres National Forest.

Operating Seasons:
  • Winter
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
  • 8 people maximum per site, 2 vehicles maximum per site for 10.00 additional charge per night
  • Hiker Biker sites available for $5.00 per person. You will share site, and must arrive on foot or non motorized vehicle
  • $45.00-$47.00
  • $200.00-$202.00 - Group Sites
Busiest Seasons:
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
Best Seasons To Visit:
  • Winter
  • Spring
  • Fall
Passes Accepted:
  • Golden Age/Golden Access Pass for single family campsites only
  • Parks Management Day Use Annual Pass


The campground offers single-family sites, as well as three group campsites, for tent and RV camping. Group sites accommodate up to forty people and ten vehicles. Parking for additional vehicles is available but subject to additional charges. Utility hookups are not available.

Individual campsites are each equipped with a table and a campfire ring with a grill. Modern toilets are available throughout the campground.

Water is non-potable non-drinkable


  • Beach Access
  • Biking
  • Bird Watching
  • Campfire Rings
  • Day Use Area
  • Firewood Vendor
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Grills
  • Group Camping
  • Hiking
  • Host
  • Hunting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Paved Parking Spurs
  • Paved Roads
  • Picnic Area
  • Recycling
  • RV sites
  • Self Pay Station
  • Surfing
  • Tables
  • Trailheads
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
  • Wildlife Viewing


A short walk leads to Sand Dollar Beach, 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 from the campground, and offer scenic views of waterfalls, redwood groves and mountain meadows and streams.

Important Information

  • Poison oak is abundant in the areaWater spigots are located throughout the campground
  • Limit of 2 vehicles per site; limited additional parking
  • Reservations can be made three days in advance. All single campsite reservations are good for 6 people and 1 vehicle
  • Maximum number of people per single site is 8 ($10.00 additional charge per person per night after 6 people). Maximum number of vehicles per single site is 2 ($10.00 additional charge for 2nd vehicle per night). Extra vehicle and person fees will be charged at the facility
  • Don't Move Firewood: Protect California's forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. For more information visit
Campground Photos:

Nearby Natural Features

  • Sand Dollar Beach Day Use Area
  • Mill Creek Day Use Area
  • Willow Creek Day Use Area
  • Limekiln State Park Day Use Area
69345 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA, United States

Q: Are there any hiking trails nearby?

A: Trails to Sand Dollar Beach, Jade Cove and Plaskett Rock Point are just across Highway One from the campground and Pacific Valley Bluff Trail is only a mile to the north.


Q: Why is there no running water in the sinks?

A: Due to the California Drought and water shortage in California, the spigots have been turned off at Plaskett Creek Campground to conserve water for flushing toilets and spigots. Many campers have added hand sanitizer and wipes to their camping supplies.


Q: Will my camping pass here be good at Sand Dollar?

A: Currently, PMC offers an “Annual Pass” for Day Use facilities for $50.00 which will get you into Sand Dollar, Willow Creek, Mills Creek and Pfeiffer Beach


Q: Where is the nearest gas station/store?

A: 3 miles south of Plaskett Creek is area called Gorda, where you will find gas, showers, laundry and a convenience store


Q: Can we go to Limekiln to take showers with our camping pass from Plaskett Creek?

A: Limekiln showers are for Limekiln registered camping guest only

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