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Hearst San Simeon Camping
Choose beach OR mountain camping at San Simeon State Park!
In the slide show, you're viewing pictures of the Hearst-San Simeon State Park camping grounds. First, you'll see photos of the Washburn Campground, featuring campsites with great mountain views and a feeling of being "away from it all." Yet, San Simeon SP has another enjoyable option---a second campground that's just across the street from the beach! This is the San Simeon Creek campground, another fine choice.
San Simeon State Park Campgrounds
San Simeon Creek Camp--Across the street from the beachSan Simeon State Park has 2 campgrounds, the developed San Simeon Creek camp, and the primitive-but-pretty Washburn campground. In this section, you'll find information about the San Simeon Creek developed campground.
If you like creature comforts, then the San Simeon Creek camping ground will be the one you'll pick.
Amenities at the San Simeon Creek campground include the following---
1.) 115 campsites; RV's (up to 35 feet) and tents accepted; each site has a grill and a picnic table
2.) Paved roads throughout; paved parking aprons
3.) Bathrooms with flush toilets, running water & showers
4.) Walk across the street to the beach
5.) No hookups, but an RV dump station is on-site
6.) Location is midway between scenic Cambria, CA and the popular Hearst Castle tourist attraction. You may view the Hearst Castle pictures & info page of this website for assistance in planning your visit to this lovely spot.
There's no camp store at the park, and there aren't any restaurants nearby either. All the basic services can be found in the town of Cambria several miles to the south.
The small town of San Simeon, several miles to the north, also has gas and a few restaurants you might enjoy.
Scenic mountain Camping at Hearst-San Simeon State Park
If you're a scenery-lover, then San Simeon SP's Washburn Camping area will be the campground you choose.
After leaving the San Simeon campground entrance and fee station, you'll choose a road that leads away from the beach and up a hill. For awhile, the road remains paved, but it eventually gives way to gravel...like you'll find throughout most of the campground. (One exception is the fact that Washburn's handicap facilities are paved. The area around the toilets is paved, as well, for wheelchair access.)
You'll enter a new world at the Washburn Campground...one where the hubbub of the city seems far behind you. The pictures of Washburn Campground on this page were taken in February, after rains had turned the hillsides an emerald green. At other times, the hillsides may seem more golden in color.
Amenities at the Washburn Campground include---
1.) 70 campsites; RV's (up to 31 feet) and tents are accepted
2.) Most parking aprons are gravel (Handicap sites are paved); each camping space has its own grill and picnic table.
3.) Vault toilets serve as the restroom facilities.
4.) Hiking trails leading north, east, south and west can be accessed from the Washburn campground, making it the better choice for those who hope to include hiking as a major activity during their stay at the park. On the other hand, the Creek campground is handier for those who'd like to reach Hearst Castle, the beach, or the town of Cambria more quickly.
You may use the following link to view a San Simeon SP brochure. You will discover details about the park's features, plus see maps of the coastline to help you find your way there.
San Simeon State Park & Campground contact information
The San Simeon State Park address is 500 San Simeon Creek Rd, Cambria, CA 93428. Note: if the map to your right doesn't come in, try refreshing the page; or use the link to a similar Google map (below.)
Directions to San Simeon campground: From the town of Cambria, California, head 2 miles north on California State Hwy 1 until you reach the well-marked San Simeon State Park entrance road. (This will be shortly after you pass the San Simeon State Park's day-use parking lot and restrooms.)
Map to San Simeon State Park: Here's a Google map to the San Simeon Campgrounds at San Simeon State Park in California.
Printable PDF Map of San Simeon State Park's Campgrounds: You may print out the following San Simeon campground maps including its 2 campgrounds (from the California State Parks website.)
San Simeon camping rates: The San Simeon State Park's two campgrounds have completely different facilities, so the rates at the 2 campgrounds are different from one another.
San Simeon Creek campground's rates are a bit higher because this is a developed camping area with paved roads and camping aprons, flush toilets & running water in the bathrooms, showers available, and dump station on premises. San Simeon Creek's rates begin at $35 per night, plus a hefty reservation fee ($7.99 in 2019.) Despite the fee, having reservations will give you peace of mind that you'll have a camping spot awaiting you when you arrive. During some seasons of the year (when visitors are sparse,) the park may not be accepting reservations at all. Also, because of the relatively remote location of this campground, we have found it to be more likely to have last-minute camping spots than those closer to the LA metro area.
San Simeon camping reservations are handled through the Reserve California system. Here's a link to the Reserve California website. Type into the searchbox: "Hearst San Simeon SP" and your planned camping dates. Then, you'll get to see a map & current listing of availabilities.
San Simeon State Park website: For any further questions you might have, you'll want to check out the Hearst-San Simeon State Park section of the California State Parks website for further details.
Scenic camping south of San SimeonLovely campgrounds abound within a short drive of the Hearst San Simeon SP which would make great places to stay if you're taking a California Coast road trip. Here are some ideas: