Kirk Creek Campground

April 14, 2014  |  California

On Friday, we drove 2 hours north from Pismo Beach to Kirk Creek Campground which is just south of Big Sur.

Kirk Creek has a mix of reservation sites and first come first serve sites. We knew we would have to get there early since it was the beginning of the weekend.

We arrived at 11:30am and got lucky and snagged the very last site available.

Kirk Creek is a National Forest Campground that doesn’t have any hookups or water available on site. Camping costs $25/night.

The night before we left, we discovered that we were around the corner from ocean view free camping. Unfortunately, there isn’t any cell service here, so when we do return, it’ll probably only be for a day or two.

Dinner this weekend:
Friday night we had a kale salad, and Saturday we were supposed to have a modified version of this Spring Veggie Bowl with Coconut Tahini Sauce, but I forgot to save the recipe for the sauce and since we didn’t have internet, I ended up making a basic veggie stir fry.

2014 Cost of Camping:
19 night paid camping
84 nights free camping
103 days this year
Total spent on camping this year: $570
Daily average cost of camping: $5.53


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  1. beautiful site–great weather! Looks perfect.

  2. Oh, if I had realized you were heading that way I would have given directions to the free site. We spent five wonderful nights there just a few weeks ago!

    • Aww thanks you guys. I also could have researched it a little better too!! (We definitely felt like suckers after spending the $50!) Oh well, next time!

  3. Very nice view:) Sounds like a yummy dinner:)

  4. What a beautiful spot!

  5. Oh so curious… where was the free camping and what were the restrictions on it do you know?

    • Hi Rebecca, take Nacimiento Road off of Highway 1, and after you drive 1/2 a mile you’re in Los Padres National Forest and you can camp on any of the turn-outs. I don’t know any restrictions. I’m sure the ranger office can answer any questions you might have:

      • Thanks Leigh!

        I’m just starting to plan our trip from AZ up to WA. We’ll be checking out the free spot. And if your farmlet friends want another Airstream couple to visit, I know one that would be excited too:-)

  6. Wow, it’s gotten so green there! Dang, I didn’t know about the free spot either.

    • Ya it was super green. It was totally my fault for dropping the ball researching and making assumptions that the CA coast will cost us! Hopefully I can find something for free w/ cell by Ft. Bragg …anyone been to Jackson State Forest?

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