Limekiln Campground Information

UPDATE ( May 7, 2023 ) - Limekiln State Park is CLOSED until further notice due to storm/road conditions. The park is inaccessible as it is between large landslides. The current estimate for reopening Highway 1 at Gilbert’s Slide continues to be July 14. The current estimate to complete repairs at Dani Creek, north of Paul’s Slide is similarly July 14. Crews continue to make daily progress at Paul’s Slide which is currently estimated to reopen in several months. An updated estimate on a possible reopening date for Paul’s Slide will be made in mid-July. It will be many months before the Limekiln State Park can be accessed from the north. 

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Reservations are strongly encouraged for all campsites.  There are no first-come, first-served campsites.

Each campsite includes a parking area for at least one car, a fire pit and a picnic table. No hookups are provided at any site. Fresh water, hot showers and toilets are located throughout the campground.

All incoming campers must check in at the entrance kiosk. Camper vehicles must display vehicle tag (proof of registration) in the windshield. Vehicle tags are also valid for day use entrance into other area state parks.

Check-in is 2 pm. Check-out is 12 noon.



Standard site: $35/night

Hike and Bike site: $5/night (hikers and bikers must arrive on foot or by bike, they cannot have a vehicle. Hike and Bike stay is limited to two consecutive nights)

Additional Vehicle: $10/night



State Parks Pass holders must present pass at kiosk upon entry to park.

Senior Citizen Discount: Age 62 or older, $2.00 off all campsites except Hike/Bike.

Disabled Discount Pass Holders: 50% off regular Standard or Premium site rate

Distinguished Veterans Pass Holders: no charge



Redwood sites (campsites: 13-29) will allow 1 vehicle per site. Beach sites (campsites: 1-12) will allow 2 vehicles per site. Additional vehicle parking is not available in Limekiln State Park.  

Maxium vehicle length is 15 feet, Maximum RV/Trailer length is 24 feet.



During peak season, this park has a maximum stay limit of seven consecutive nights. Once the stay limit has been reached, the persons, equipment, and/or vehicles must vacate the campground for at least 48 hours before returning for another stay. Maximum length of stay per calendar year is 30 days.



Campers with a reservation who arrive after the kiosk has closed may proceed to their campsite. A board will be posted at the kiosk with names and campsite numbers. There will also be printed campground maps available. Please check in with the kiosk by 10 a.m. the following morning to complete your registration.

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Any discount pass must be presented at the time of check in. Visitors reserving accessible campsites must possess a DMV Disabled Placard or license plates issued by DMV  (or similar agency of another state). A Disabled Veterans license plate will also be accepted when reserving or occupying an accessible campsite. At the time of check-in, visitors must show the DMV placard. The disabled visitor must be an occupant of the site for the entire reservation period. No refunds will be issued for invalid reservations.


All campsites are on a reservation system. During peak season, the entire campground is usually reserved (booked 6 months in advance). Occasionally, there may be cancellations that allow some day-of sites to be available. To get a day-of campsite (also known as a walk-up campsite), you must be physically present at the park's entrance kiosk. Day-of sites cannot be reserved over the phone, nor can information about site availability be obtained by calling. If you would like to try to acquire a walk-up site, check with the entrance kiosk after 3 p.m. on the day you wish to camp. This is not recommended.  It is always better to come prepared with a reservation due to the popularity of Big Sur.


SHOWERS: Hot showers are token-operated. Campers may purchase tokens at the entrance kiosk or at select bathroom locations throughout the campground. 1 token = $1.00 = 5 minutes of shower time. Showers are available to registered campers only.

DUMP STATION: There is no dump station at Limekiln, there is a dump station located at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park.

FIRES: Fires are allowed only in the provided metal fire rings. Wood must be small enough to fit inside the ring and be completely contained. Do not gather firewood in the park. You may purchase firewood at the entrance kiosk. All fireworks are prohibited.

FIREARMS, WEAPONS, AND HUNTING: Firearms, weapons, and hunting are not allowed. Possession of loaded firearms and air rifles is prohibited. This includes anything that shoots a projectile, including, but not limited to, arrows, pellets, BBs and paint balls.

PARK PLANTS, ARTIFACTS, AND ANIMALS: Park plants, artifacts and animals are protected and should not be touched or harassed. It is important that you use the provided metal storage bins for all food and scented items to avoid accidentally feeding or having any negative interactions with native park wildlife.