Camping in Big Sur can range from the spartan and minimal (Bottchers Gap, Nacimiento) to the very modern (Fernwood, Big Sur Campground.)
If you're planning to camp while coming to a show here, we've bolded campsites within approximately 10 miles of the Library, to make your life easier.
Andrew Molera State Park
Parks in Big Sur are like children: you don't have a favorite one, even though you really do. This is ours. The "loop" is the best, most majestic hike in town, the surf, when up, is excellent, and the camping is superb.
Big Sur Campground and Cabins
Year-round family camping among the redwood trees along the Big Sur river. Inner tube rentals for floating on the Big Sur river. Store, laundry, playground and basketball court (!) Tent camping with hot showers; RVs welcome.
This campground offers excellent hiking, views of the Ventana Double Cones in the Santa Lucia Mountains and more. This is primitive stuff: no reservations necessary, first come first serve, and open year-round.
The Alpha and the Omega. Fernwood has it all: affordable camping and tent-cabins on the mighty Big Sur River, live music, great food (The Redwood Grill), hotel rooms, cozy vibes, and just 4.5 miles from the Library.
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
The park features redwood, tan oak, madrone, chaparral, and an 80-foot waterfall that drops from granite cliffs into the ocean from the Overlook Trail. But...has only two hike-in environmental campsites.
Kirk Creek Campground
The most beautiful of them all. This campground, located about 45 miles north of Cambria, CA, is located on the west side of Hwy. 1 overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Wake up on a cliff, overlooking the sea!
Limekiln State Park
Not to far from Kirk Creek, this gorgeous park has 33 developed sites on 716-acres, replete with stunning views of the coast.
Some primitive stuff here. Located 11 miles from Kirk Creek Campground up Naciemento Ferguson Road, this U.S. Forest Service Campground features 8 sites.
Pfieffer Big Sur State Park
Not to be confused with Julia Pfieffer Burns State Park, this campground is huge. 204 sites, no hookups, hiking and swimming, and a mere 4 or so miles from the Henry Miller Library.
Plaskett Creek Campground
A great place to camp if you want to hit the beach; it's just south of the wonderful Sand Dollar Beach, which is a very cool spot for surfing, fishing, swimming, exploring, sunbathing, etc.
Pretty secluded campsites along a mountain trout stream under a canopy of beautiful trees approximately 13 miles east from Hwy. 1 on the Nacimiento-Ferguson Road.
Sixteen-acre dog friendly property offers RV and tent camping as well as 11 cozy cabins nestled in majestic redwoods along the Big Sur river. Oh, and about five miles north of the Library.
The only place to find sushi in Big Sur, Treebones also features 16 yurts and 5 campsites with breathtaking views of the Pacific ocean at Cape San Martin.