Hearst San Simeon State Park

     


Cambria, California
Phone: (805) 927-2020

Sites: 115
Avg. Rate: $24

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Latitude: 35.5991650906193
Longitude: -121.125372648239

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites
  • Big Rig Access
  • Tent Camping
  • Restrooms (Plumbed)
  • Pit Toilets
  • Showers
  • $0.00 Shower Fee
  • Laundry Facilities
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee
  • Dump Station
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee
  • Propane Available
  • Firewood Available
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts
  • Water Spigot
  • Picnic Shelter
  • RV Wash
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee
  • Corral
  • Landing Strip
  • Overflow Parking
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP)
  • Electric (50 AMP)
  • Water
  • Sewer
  • WiFi
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee
  • Cellular Phone Service
  • Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup
  • Phone
  • Central Modem
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.)
  • Pool Access
  • Family Friendly
  • Playground
  • Pet Area
  • Waterfront
  • Clubhouse
  • Camp Store
  • Cafe / Snack Bar
  • Business Center
  • Group Camping
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Group Kitchen
  • Banquet Facilities
  • Concierge Services
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s)
  • Recreation Room
  • Gym/Workout Facilities
  • Beach Access
  • Boat Ramp
  • Marina
  • Boat Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Golfing
  • Bike Path(s)
  • Bike Rentals
  • Hiking
  • Spa
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Volley Ball
  • Sports Field
  • Arcade Games
  • Live Entertainment
  • Amphitheatre
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf
  • Billiards
  • Ping Pong
  • Lake
  • Pond
  • River
  • Creek
  • Ocean
  • Water Park
  • Casino

Review Details

Ratings overview
  • Excellent 10
  • Good 17
  • Average 4
  • Poor 0
  • Terrible 2

33 Reviews

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Kampzite

Review Count: 6
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

I love this park! Have been going here for years, When we had a smaller rig we stayed at the bottom, and when we got too big we stayed at the upper sites. Both are great. I love the hiking trails, very kid friendly and both my boys learned to ride their bikes here. Just a great place with lots of good memories. We camped at Hearst San Simeon State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Rick Scholz

Review Count: 18
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

Reservations are not site specific, but I was a bit surprised by the procedure on arrival. I was instructed to drive around the campground and look for AT LEAST three sites I might want, then come back and they would confirm that one of them was available. There are two campgrounds here. Campers in the Washburn campgrounds are not allowed to use the showers. For campers in the San Simon Creek campground, showers are an affordable 25 cents per 3 minutes. The beach is a short stroll away (walking under the highway). We camped at Hearst San Simeon State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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AV-Ed

Review Count: 5
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

I arrived here on a busy Friday with no reservations. Being as the primary (and more expensive) camp was full, I was relegated to the more primitive back campground. Talk about a blessing in disguise! This area is beautiful. Though further away from the ocean, it's actually higher, with views. Plus, by being further back, it's less crowded and more quiet. Hiking trails are close by and there's always a nice cool breeze. Neither camp has hookups. Both have water spigots scattered around the campgrounds. The only difference is the primary area has flush toilets and showers, while the the other camp has only vault/pit/chemical style toilets (not sure what the differences are). However, these were clean and big. This is one very nice and good priced campground that I'll be sure to come back to and spend some time at. We camped at Hearst San Simeon State Park in a Truck Camper.

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BruceJB

Review Count: 34
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $33.00
Overall Rating:      

This is dry camping at its finest. There were only a dozen people there at any one time during our five days. It is quiet, and beautiful. It is a short walk to the beach. It is two miles to the Castle, which is worth the trip by itself. There is a good dump station, though it has only two lanes for that large facility. There are water spigots at every few sites. We camped at Hearst San Simeon State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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Rick L.

Review Count: 15
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

Clean campground. Free dump station for paying guests. No water at site but available at host station. Host was very nice and informative. Pay showers and very clean bathrooms. We camped at Hearst San Simeon State Park in a Motorhome.

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charms51

Review Count: 43
States Visited: 16
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

It was an okay place to stay (for lack of any other RV facilities near the Hearst Castle/San Simeon area or the coast from Cambria to Big Sur). It was late, so we needed to stop driving after our tour of the castle. Due to low season, most of the park was not open. It was quiet, and we didn't stay more than the one night. We camped at Hearst San Simeon State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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S_CAMPY

Review Count: 53
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

We spent Christmas and New Year's here. It is a state park with the normal expectations. Easy access to the beach, Castle, shopping in Cambria, wine tasting just over the hill. Great coastal views. We had loads of rain which made the trip special. Not an RV resort, but a great state camping trip. There were two sections: one down in the canyon and one up at the top of the canyon. Both tents and RVs were here. We camped at Hearst San Simeon State Park in a Motorhome.

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mlayte

Review Count: 4
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

Only choice in the area to camp and fairly isolated. Stayed one night and went to Hearst Castle next morning. Nice campground but no hookups. Other campers ran their generators beyond the allowed hours so it was pretty noisy. We felt bad for the tent campers. We camped at Hearst San Simeon State Park in a Motorhome.

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R. Bowne

Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $10.00
Overall Rating:      

My wife and I spent 2 weeks at the Washburn Campground in this state park and we loved it. One of the best spaces to stay at in the park are: 235 , 236 , 237. Because of the view of San Simeon Bay. The Sunsets are amazing and it is so quiet here. We Paid $10.00 per night with our CA state park discount pass, but even at full price of $20.00 it is well worth it. We camped at Hearst San Simeon State Park in a Motorhome.

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joycejack

Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

I love this park. If you are yearning for some peace, quiet and serenity this is the place. The only negative is the dead grassy stuff is full of burrs that get caught in the dog's paws and tummys (long haired doxies). My favorite area is off to the left as soon as you enter the park. Most of these spots have amazing views. Even though there aren't trees giving you privacy between spots, they are pretty large and the views are worth it. Bring your chairs, a book, a glass of wine, and a coat (usually pretty cool here) and sit and veg out. Enjoy! We camped at Hearst San Simeon State Park in a Motorhome.

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BikeSwimLaugh

Review Count: 5
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $22.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed here for one night on the way up to Hearst Castle. Of the different areas available we went to the highest area, and almost had the whole place to ourselves. There were no hook-ups, and it was just a nice place to stop overnight. The next morning we saw how beautiful it was; you have green hills and mountains in the background and a view of the ocean towards the West. You can find a few short hikes and just enjoy the general park-like feel. You're a bit secluded in that there is no nearby town, so plan on bringing what you need. There is a dump station and place to get water but it's towards the entrance. Nothing too exciting, but a wonderful place to overnight and just relax. We camped at Hearst San Simeon State Park in a Motorhome.

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jamese

Review Count: 9
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

Not great, but it has some positives going for it. Sites are OK: nice and wide, etc. The firepits were good with kids. Showers are pay showers and not all have hot water. Nice and close to Hearst Castle, so a simple overnighter was OK. We camped at Hearst San Simeon State Park in a Motorhome.

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Family on the road

Review Count: 87
States Visited: 37
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

We loved the beautiful wooded sites with easy access to the beach. In fact, you just walk under a highway bridge, and you’re right on the ocean. This gorgeous unspoiled area also has almost no sky brightness, so the stargazing is awesome. Our site was perfectly level, unlike many places where we’ve paid a lot more money. The park does have a few downsides though. About half the sites are too shallow to accommodate anything but a pop-up camper. We had to drive around some, but we eventually found a space that was deep enough to set up. In addition, the campground has no hook-ups, but they do have a nice dump station and plenty of water spigots throughout the park. This campground is also convenient to Hearst Castle and a viewing station for elephant seals. We noticed a distinctly skunky smell when we pulled in, so we scattered a few mothballs and managed to keep any skunks away. The coin-op showers were Spartan and unheated but adequate (the water was nice and hot). We camped at Hearst San Simeon State Park in a Travel Trailer.

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keithnteri

Review Count: 5
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $30.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed in the lower loop: site 90. The sites are very large with lots of grass and trees between sites. It's a short walk to the beach on a nice wooden board walk. The only problem we had was the pet areas in the park are limited and dogs are not allowed on the beach due to nesting birds. There is a very good dog beach a few miles south in Cayucos. For a boon-docking site this was one of the best. Would definitely stay again. We camped at Hearst San Simeon State Park in a Motorhome.

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ZagiFlyer

Review Count: 11
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: - $26.00
Overall Rating:      

The campground supplies no power or water at the site. You can fill up your reservoir at a fresh-water station near the dump station though, so you're not totally without fresh water. The park Rangers were friendly and knowledgeable, however the camp "hosts" were aloof and crabby. The scenery was fantastic -- it's a two minute walk under the highway and you're on the beach. It's quite close to Cambria and Hearst's Castle. Just make sure your battery is up to snuff; it's 25 miles to Paso Robles if you need a new battery. We camped at Hearst San Simeon State Park in a Fifth Wheel.

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