Just south of Big Sur in northern California, you can go free Car Camping in Los Padres National Forest.
To get there, you will want to get to Nacimiento-Furgusson Road and take the turnoff to the Coast Ridge Trail which is a dirt road. The turnoff can be found on Google maps here. You can download my Coast Ridge Trail map here.
If you would like to buy a physical copy printed on waterproof paper, you can order a map here.
Take your time on Coast Ridge Trail it can be bumpy, and I recommend having 4 wheel drive but if conditions are good you can make it up without.
The views from Coast Ridge Trail are pretty good:
Try and get out to the campsite early because they can fill up since it is free and they do not require a reservation. But the views are totally worth it when you get to Prewitt Ridge!
If you have any questions about the drive or the location please feel free to ask!
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