Hearst San Simeon SP Campgrounds
Hearst San Simeon State Park stretches along the San Luis Obispo County coast north of Cambria. The park includes popular Moonstone Beach, William R. Hearst Memorial State Beach, and Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Beach. Park visitors enjoy walking the beaches and coastal trails, sun-bathing, surfing, tide pools, kayaking, and diving. Many campers tour nearby Hearst Castle.
Hearst San Simeon State Park Campgrounds are located near the park's Washburn Day-use Area. The two camping areas are Sam Simeon Creek Campground and Washburn Primitive Campground.
- San Simeon Creek Campground is only a short walk from the beach and has amenities such as flush toilets, showers, and good shade at most sites. San Simeon Creek Campground has 134 campsites. Most can accommodate RVs, trailers, and tents; 10 are designated as tent-only.
- Washburn Primitive Campground is almost a mile from the beach and has chemical toilets, no showers, and less shade. Still, many prefer the quiet setting of Washburn. Washburn Primitive Campground has 57 campsites for RVs, trailers, and tents.
Reservations for all campsites are non-specific. When making reservations for either of the Hearst San Simeon State Park Campgrounds, campers may choose between San Simeon Creek and Washburn, but beyond that, specific campsites are assigned upon arrival. There are also 2 Hike & Bike campsites.
ReserveCalifornia Reservations Tips
California State Parks' new reservation system - ReserveCalifornia - now allows campers "to make reservations 6 months to the day in advance of their arrival date." For example, on January 1 reservations can be made for stays beginning on July 1. In the past, reservations were released in one-month blocks. Now it is day by day. For months with fewer days than the month 6 months away, reservations for the remaining days will be released in a small cluster on the first of the next month. For example, on March 1 (because February is a short month) you can make reservations for stays beginning August 29-31. Read details at ReserveCalifornia.