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 is known for its sparkling beaches and scenic vistas. Visitors at Hearst San Simeon State Park Campground have a beautiful beach close by and only a short drive to Hearst Castle and other attractions.

  • Take a tour of the famous Hearst Castle.
  • Head over to swim, kayak, and fish at nearby William R. Hearst Memorial Beach and pier.
  • Spend a day or a week 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.
  • 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.
  • See all the animals at Charles Paddock Zoo in Atascadero.

Key Hearst San Simeon State Park Campground Regulations

  1. Quiet Hours are from 10 PM to 8 AM.
  2. Generators may only be operated between 10 AM to 8 PM.
  3. 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.

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.

Hearst San Simeon State Park Campground Basics
Hearst San Simeon State Park Campgrounds 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 for Hearst San Simeon State Park Campgrounds
Reservations available year-round
Booking Window: Reservations taken from 2 days up to 6 months in advance of arrival.
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
Online Reservations at ReserveCalifornia: Hearst San Simeon State Park Campground Reservations
or call (800) 444-PARK (7275) between 8 AM and 6 PM
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
Attractions near Hearst San Simeon State Park Campgrounds: Enjoy beautiful Moonstone Beach. Follow trails to the beach at Washburn Day-use Area. Take advantage of the horseshoe pits. Visit nearby Hearst Castle and Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Beach. Stroll along scenic boardwalks from Leffingwell Landing to Moonstone Beach. Swim, fish, and kayak at Hearst Memorial Beach and Pier. Enjoy campfire programs and movie nights. Children like the Junior Ranger program.

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.

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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