Limekiln State Park on the Big Sur Coast

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A couple weekends ago, I found my new favorite campsite! I hadn't driven down to Big Sur in awhile, so I obviously couldn't turn down an invitation from my friends for a quick weekend trip! Just one night camping might not seem worth it for a three and a half hour drive each way, but the drive itself is honestly a huge part of the experience. I've driven (and biked) along Highway 1 so many times, but it never gets old - I am always surprised at how awe-struck and grateful I am each time to live in such a beautiful part of the world! 

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I was really grateful to create more memories and experience this beautiful part of California with new people in my life. If I've learned one thing in my travels over the last couple years, it's that your company is what makes the difference - the right people can make a great experience even more phenomenal!

We stopped several times on our drive down, and saw a ton of gray whales out in the ocean! (I mean, we assumed they were gray whales - from our distance, they were merely dark, obscure shapes emerging in and out of the otherwise calm slate water.)

When we arrived at our campsite in Limekiln, we happened upon a lovely forest wedding...er, I mean,"gathering," since weddings technically aren't allowed! I can say, it has to be one of the most picturesque, magical place to celebrate love, surrounded by such natural beauty. On one side of the campsite, we could hike through lush redwood forests to gushing creeks and waterfalls, and on the other side, we could walk to a beach cove surrounded by California's dramatic cliffs. No wonder it's Kristy and Connor's favorite campsite!

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For anyone looking to plan a trip to Limekiln:

  • Reserve your campsite early - they book up quickly! You can book online, via mail, or on the phone, 7 months in advance on the first day of the month beginning at 8:00 a.m. PST
    • Campsite #001 is the penthouse site - it's perched halfway up the cliff, very private and overlooking the ocean!
  • If you're coming from the north, it's a good idea to have a good amount of gas in your tank when you arrive at the campsite, since much of the drive is uphilll on the way back. The park is 56 miles south of Carmel, which is your last stop for major gas stations (although there are some small places in Big Sur)
  • Bring a bathing suit if it's warm out, so you can frolic in the ocean and creeks (if the water is high enough)!
  • It's a good glamping site - showers, bathroom, and running water!
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