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IMPORTANT NOTICE!: the U.S. Forest Service announced 01/18/13 Kirk Creek is now a “dry campground”; the water is shut off at Kirk Creek Campground for safety reasons and is not scheduled to be returned anytime soon so be prepared carry water from another location and to treat unsafe water from a spring or creek and or take plenty of water when you go.
Information: A revealing photo looking down from the hill above down on Kirk Creek Campground which is on a gently rising ocean bluff. In my opinion Kirk Creek is the paramount of all the Big Sur California Coast Campgrounds; at Kirk Creek Campground almost every campsite has an Pacific Ocean California Coast View!
Near Points of Interest: Another great photo opportunity you won't want to miss comes 17 miles north at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park called McWay Falls; you should park your car in Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park parking lot there are several nice trails you can enjoy in including the short one that leads to the McWay Falls overlook; there are trailsat the park that go into the beautiful redwood forest and another favorite hike 1.9 miles north of the Julia Pfeiffer Burns main entrance is the very popular coastal hiking area Partington Canyon.
Beach Access and Day Use Parks & Picnic Areas: Kirk Creek Campground has a nice short trail that leads down to the beach which is a popular spot for surfing, rock fishing and beachcombing. Limekiln State Park is the next beach access north and it is only a couple of miles; one of the best beaches on the Big Sur coast is Pfeiffer State Beach it is 25.5 miles, the turnoff is at Sycamore Canyon; another great long white sandy Big Sur Beach which is popular is Sand Dollar Beach and Mill Creek which provides easy access to a small rocky beach and nice little picnic area is about a mile south.
Near places to Eat: My favorite Big Sur Ocean View restaurant Nepenthe is 23 miles north on the scenic PCH; Lucia Lodge is just 5 miles north and has a very nice ocean view restaurant (try the fish & chips) and the closest restaurant to the south is the Whale Watcher Cafe at Gorda which is 14 miles or Treebones which is about 13 miles.
Near Hotel Lodgings & Resorts: Lucia Lodge 3 miles ahead to the north and the Gorda Springs Cottages are 16 miles south.
Near Campgrounds: There is a tiny environmental tent campground with the much sought after highly coveted handful of ocean view tent campsites at Julia Pfeiffer Burns California State Park 12 miles ahead but it is always filled from reservations. The closest other campground is to the south 2 miles Plaskett Creek Campground; the closest one to the north would be Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park which is 17 miles north.
History & Museums: "Kirk Creek Campground was originally constructed in the early 1960s to provide year-round, single-family vehicle camping along the Monterey County coast. The campground includes 33 campsites configured around two intersecting loops. Over time, several of the sites were modified to allow for recreation vehicle and multi-family camping."
If you are interested in taking a 17 mile (one way) scenic side trip across the Nacimento-Fergusson Road which takes off inland starting just across the highway from the campground Mission San Antonio de Padua has a very interesting museum connected to it. Also a building of historical significance next to it is a nice place to spend the night; the Hacienda Guest Lodge which was designed in the Spanish Mission style by architect Julia Morgan of Hearst Castle fame and in fact it once belonged to William Randolph Hearst; designed in 1929 it was originally Hearst Ranch east headquarters, cowboy housing, and a guest lodge for Hearst’s celebrity friends. Now the building is run by the US Army as a guest lodge for the public although located inside Fort Hunter-Liggett near Jolon, California.
Gasoline, Public Restrooms, Supplies: Two new vault toilets have installed at Kirk Creek Campground to replace the flush-toilet restrooms closed because of the water shut-off, so there are toilets but no water; the next restrooms north are at Limekiln State Park the next gasoline/supplies/restrooms are 7 miles north at Lucia; or 8 miles south at at Gorda Springs.
Other Facilities, Services or Activities:
On the coast in this area the traveler services and tourist facilities are sparse and spread out and this won't change for the next 24 miles.
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