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Riverside Campground and Cabins
Reviewed 13 October 2013

We stayed in the camping cabins, Cabin 11. Our stay was flawless. Pam in the office was very friendly and made our stay very enjoyable with her personal touch. Cabin 11 was very cozy, rustic and comfortable. The only thing that would make it more comfortable was if they added a small microwave to the kitchenette, and a different showerhead. But those are minor things. We enjoyed the jays that visited our deck, and the skunks that passed by (harmlessly) in the evenings. The only thing that prevents me from giving 5 stars is that there is not really much to do in the campground itself. Other than the small river (stream?) that flows through, there are no other activities. So we used it as out base camp, as we visited scenery up and down the nearby coast.

Finally there is the price. You can get a very nice hotel/motel room for the same price, and don't have to deal with the dirt. We did it the once, as a novelty, but would opt for a motel room if we visit this area again.

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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 30 September 2013

We stayed in cabin #5 and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. It was comfortable yet rustic. The beds were comfy and the linens were clean. I was afraid the cabin might smell musty but I was pleasantly surprised. The bath house was fine. Pam was extremely helpful in letting us know about a road closure that evening. Would definitely recommend this place if camping is your thing.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank MrMrsLucky
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Reviewed 18 September 2013

This campsite is just what you want in Big Sur - peaceful, relaxed and friendly feel. Good range of cabins, as well as campsite that are directly on the river. Cabin itself was rustic but comfortable and very cosy. Slightly small, but had everything needed, and very atmospheric.

No problems during 2 night stay, but proximity of other cabins could pose problems (some are shared buildings, and there is (understandably) no soundproofing). Price was very good for the area, although higher than you'd normally expect to pay for the facilities.

Good location for the (limited) facilities of Big Sur and ideal base for exploring the area.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank hmaffchc
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Reviewed 22 August 2013 via mobile

Spent 2 nights at site 17. We really enjoyed it here. Pam called us a day ahead of time to let us know about a road closure. The sites are small. Our site had a wall of poison oak along the back- I am very allergic so had to make extra effort nothing and nobody got into it. This is a good starting place to visit so many awesome hiking trails, but my kids also enjoyed going upstream in the river to a small pool to swim and also enjoyed the trout crawfish and catfish. There is a tiny but well stocked store onsite no produce. One washer and dryer may need 2 times in dryer. Showers on a meter 3 minutes for 25 cents meter will take 4 quarters but do them one at a time. Awesome staff all around. Internet and wifi at the store for you gadget junkies.

  • Stayed: August 2013
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1  Thank plmok
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Reviewed 16 August 2013

We booked Cabin number six, which was small but cosy - just about enough room for the two double beds and a shelf for suitcases etc. It was helpful to have a shelf between the two beds also. No mod cons, so no TV, no air-con, but a room heater, which was effective. And also no bathroom - we used the shared bathhouse up the campsite. This was fine as only a short walk and we never had to queue for the loo or shower. Shower is metered at 25c for 3minutes - but you would not want to linger in there anyway!!
Cabin came with its own barbecue/fire place and was nice to enjoy a log fire each night. also has a picnic table for al fresco dining. The camp shop was reasonably stocked and offered fresh coffee in the morning with half price refills. you can swim in the big Sur river on site if you like.
We found the site to be well maintained and peaceful. It was busy but not particulary noisy and the kids seemed to be enjoying themselves. There is a rope swin over the river which you need to walk across some wet stepping stones to reach.
When compared to other Big Sur accommodation we looked at I found this to be excellent value with character. Much nicer than staying in a bland hotel.
Is a short drive from the site to various dining options and to the state parks.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank raccat28
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Reviewed 18 July 2013

I stayed in Big Sur on a California trip with my mom and sister. The area of Big Sur is beautiful and the campground is in a great setting in the forest and off of the highway a bit along the river. We stayed in a cabin which was cozy and rustic(cabin 1 i think). It had a double bed and a cot with a private bathroom. It was not very big but it had electricity and a little heater and a fire pit outside. The cabins are fairly close together but we expected that. The campground has a little store that you can buy camping basics and few groceries and is walking and driving distances of other restaurants and little general stores. The main check in area has a binder of all the restaurant menus in the area as well as different hikes.
The accommodation prices are quite high in Big Sur so the $200+ a night is pretty high, but average for Big Sur. You can pay less if camping but for a cabin or hotel expect to pay that much during the summer.
Overall we all really enjoyed our time at the Riverside campground. It was a cute semi rustic little cabin in a beautiful area!

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Jenna_12Alberta
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Reviewed 2 July 2013

We stayed two nights here and were very happy. We were in an RV and had a good sized spot that felt relatively private (we had a corner spot for our second night that was even better).

There's such a nice feel to this campground. The river is so much fun for tubing and wading and they sell inflatable tubes at the camp store (reasonably priced) and even provide an air compressor - very thoughtful.
We loved the wooded feel and all the shady areas and the little bridge. It's very pretty and woodsy. Friendly people too.

The Camp Store was great (so was the super-nice, long white haired lady who worked there – what a lovely person). It's this marvellous little store that sells just about anything you can imagine and not at rip-off prices, but priced reasonably and fairly.

You can walk to a pub and restaurant which is convenient if you don't want to have to drive your massive RV to get dinner. We did wish that there was a bigger grocery store in the area for fresh produce, so stock up before you get here on things like fruits and vegetables.

The toilets are less nice though :( The stall doors are those retro short kind that allow for very little privacy, the back of the doors were grubby and needed a good clean. The showers (which you need quarters for) look like they needed an update with the old concrete floors with wood benches that looked rotten in places. These are lesser issues if you're in an RV, but important if you're camping. I felt for what we were paying that the restrooms and showers should have been a bit better.

Thanks for a great stay Riverside. We'll be back. Fingers crossed for some new restroom doors!?

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank TeeEmm
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Address: Route 1, Big Sur, CA 93920
Region: United States > California > Big Sur
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Ranked #6 of 8 Speciality Lodging in Big Sur
Number of rooms: 56
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Riverside Campground And Cabins Hotel Big Sur

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