Big Sur Camping: Know Before You Go!

So you’re planning a Big Sur camping trip? Great choice! Big Sur camping is some of the best I’ve ever experienced. If you’re there at the right time and plan your trip wisely, you’ll see some of the most astounding beauty nature has to offer and a great variety of it.

When planning for Big Sur camping, you need to decide what you want to do and see depending on how long your trip will be. If you can spend a few days, I recommend trying to do both some streamside camping as well as some ocean-side bluff camping. Big Sur is so beautiful and it’d be a shame not to see all sides of it.

As someone who has done a lot of Big Sur camping, I can tell you that there is nothing like spending the day deep within the forests, surrounded by towering redwood trees and enjoying a swim in the crisp, cool river before hiking down to the beach to soak up some sun and listen to the waves.

If your legs are up for it, Big Sur offers some of the best hiking out there. Check out Andrew Molera State Park for meadows, mountain ridge tops with ocean views, and gorgeous beaches. Try Pfeiffer State Park for gorgeous redwood forests and a view of the Big Sur valley. Or go to Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park for the spectacular 60-foot waterfall that falls down onto the beach.

There's so much to see, so many sites to camp, so many trails to hike that Big Sur always remains one of the places on earth I find myself returning to again and again. I try to hit two new trails each time I go in addition to my favorite standbys. It's a good idea to take a guide book with you so that you don't have to reinvent the wheel and blaze old trails anew, so to speak. I like to use this one, which I've now worn nearly to dust:

Hiking & Backpacking Big Sur: A Complete Guide to the Trails of Big Sur, Ventana Wilderness, and Silver Peak Wilderness (Hiking and Backpacking)

One thing that’s great about Big Sur camping is that you don’t have to worry about bears. You’re likely only to come across raccoons, squirrels, deer, birds, foxes, bobcats and coyotes. These animals are still a threat to your food supply, but at least you don’t have to take the normal precautions when bears will be in the picture! Also, if you happen to plan your Big Sur camping trip for wintertime, you’ll catch the trout migration on their way up the Big Sur River which makes for fun catch-and-release fishing west of Highway One.

I’ve talked way too much here but can you blame me? I’m just fantasizing about my next Big Sur camping trip now!

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