Hearst San Simeon State Park Campgrounds

San Luis Obispo County

Moonstone Beach

San Simeon Creek Campground, Hearst San Simeon State Park, CA

San Simeon Creek Campground

San Luis Obispo County Attractions

San Luis Obispo County offers attractions for every age and interest

  • Fish from Pismo Beach's 1370-foot pier.
  • Explore the tide pools at Shell Beach.
  • Head out sea kayaking through the Dinosaur Caves.
  • Set out on a wine tasting tour through the San Luis Obispo countryside.
  • Hike up the Valencia Peak Trail.
  • Watch elephant seals at Piedras Blancas.
  • Explore Montana de Oro State Park
  • Take a tour of the famous Hearst Castle.
  • See all the animals at Charles Paddock Zoo in Atascadero.
  • Spend a day at Morro Bay, visiting shops, beaches, and other attractions.
  • Go stand-up paddleboarding at Avila Beach or Morro Bay.
  • Visit old Mission San Miguel.
  • Go cycling around Cambria, set out on scenic Highway 1 or pick a quiet country road

Key Campground Regulations

  1. Dogs must be kept on a leash no longer than six feet and under adult supervision at all times. Dogs must be confined to a vehicle or tent at night.
  2. Quiet Hours: 10 PM to 8 AM
  3. Generators: 10 AM to 8 PM

Hearst San Simeon SP Campgrounds

Hearst San Simeon State Park sretches 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 has 2 campgrounds near its Washburn Day-use Area - 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.
  • 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.

San Simeon Creek Campground has 134 campsites. Most can accommodate RVs, trailers, and tents; 10 are designated as tent-only. Washburn Primitive Campground has 57 campsites for RVs, trailers, and tents. Reservations for all campsites are non-specific. When making reservations, campers may choose between San Simeon Creek and Washburn, but beyond that, specific campsites are be assigned upon arrival. There are also 2 Hike & Bike campsites.

Campground Basics
Location: 500 San Simeon Creek Rd., 2 miles north of Cambria
Campground Open: year-round
Number of Sites: 191
Max. People per Site: 8 (including children)
Vehicles per Site: Fees cover 1 vehicle and 1 legal tow, fee for additional vehicles
Pets: On leash, always attended
Information: (805) 927-2020

Reservations available year-round
Booking Window: Reservations taken from 2 days up to 7 months in advance of arrival
New dates are released in 1-month blocks on the first of each month.
Maximum Vehicle Length: 35 feet
Wheelchair accessible Sites: ADA sites assigned upon arrival
Fees: San Simeon Creek - $25 per night
Washburn - $20
Hike & Bike - $5 per person
Reservations: Hearst San Simeon State Park Campground Reservations
Check-in, Check-out: 2:00 PM, Noon

Hearst San Simeon State Park Campground Amenities
Campsites: Picnic table, fire ring; no hook-ups
Campground: San Simeon Creek: restrooms with flush toilets, piped water, campfire center
Showers: Yes
Dump Station: Yes
Campground Map: Hearst San Simeon State Park Campground Map
Nearby Attractions: Moonstone Beach, trails to beach at Washburn Day-use Area, horseshoe pits, Hearst Castle, Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Beach, boardwalks from Leffingwell Landing to Moonstone Beach, Hearst Memorial Beach and Pier, campfire programs, movie nights, Junior Ranger program

Washburn Campground, Hearst San Simeon State Park,  CA

Washburn Campground

William R. Hearst Memorial Beach,  CA

William R. Hearst Memorial Beach

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