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Ponderosa Campground

US Hwy Forest Route 22S01, Big Sur, California 93920 USA

  • Independent
  • Pet Friendly
  • Public
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“a beautiful location to relax and enjoy nature”

Ponderosa Campground offers visitors a beautiful location to relax and enjoy nature. It runs along the Nacimiento River, which provides a variety of recreational opportunities. Swimming, fishing and wading are all enjoyed by visitors, as well as hiking and backpacking on any of the surrounding mountain trails. The campground is situated next to the river and has a scattered canopy of ponderosa pine, oak, madrone and sycamore trees, which provide ample shade in most campsites. It is located in the Los Padres National Forest in the mountains of Big Sur at an elevation of 1,500 feet. A variety of wildlife makes its home in the area. The Nacimiento River provides opportunities for trout fishing and wading, as well as swimming in any of the swimming holes along its course. A variety of hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking trails can be accessed within a short drive from the campground. The trails offer scenic views of waterfalls, massive redwood groves, meadows and mountain streams. The campground offers single-family sites for tent and RV camping. Utility hookups are not available and the parking surfaces are paved. A maximum of two vehicles is allowed for each site. Additional vehicles are not allowed in the campground.  Each site is equipped with a table and campfire ring with grill. Vault toilets and drinking water are provided. Trash collection bins are available throughout the campground.

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Tatiana Danger

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March 27, 2016
Rated 4.0

Ponderosa Campground is run by the United States Forest Service in the Los Padres National Forest. One of the campground feature's is the Nacimiento River that runs through the backcountry camp. This is just 13 miles off PCH-1.

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Ponderosa Campground

US Hwy Forest Route 22S01
Big Sur, California
93920 USA

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  • Parking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Restrooms
  • Wifi
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Credit Cards Accepted
National forest
Check In
3:00 PM
Check Out
2:00 PM
Max Length
32 ft
Max Stay
  • Paved Sites
  • Full Hookup
  • Rec Facilities
  • Tent Sites
  • Potable Water
  • Reservations
  • Sewer Hookup
  • Standard Tent Sites
  • Water Hookup
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