Cambria, California

Hearst San Simeon State Park

Cambria, California



Cambria, California
Phone: (805) 927-2020

Sites: 115
Recent Rate: $20 3/2015

Latitude: 35.5991650906193
Longitude: -121.125372648239

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) ?
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers ?
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station ?
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • RV Wash RV Wash ?
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking ?
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) no
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Water Water no
  • Sewer Sewer no
  • WiFi WiFi no
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service ?
  • Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • Waterfront Waterfront no
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Business Center Business Center ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) ?
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Beach Access Beach Access ?
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp ?
  • Marina Marina ?
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals ?
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Golfing Golfing ?
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) ?
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals ?
  • Hiking Hiking ?
  • Spa Spa ?
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit ?
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball ?
  • Sports Field Sports Field ?
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games ?
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment ?
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre ?
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf ?
  • Billiards Billiards ?
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong ?
  • Lake Lake ?
  • Pond Pond ?
  • River River ?
  • Creek Creek ?
  • Ocean Ocean ?
  • Water Park Water Park ?
  • Casino Casino ?

Review Details

Ratings overview

34 Reviews

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Raenbow

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

Date of Stay: March, 2015 - $20.00
Overall Rating:      

Lovely, hilltop "primitive" (no water, elec, etc.), quiet, pretty view, hiking trails. We camped at Hearst San Simeon State Park in a Motorhome.

Tips for other Campers:

Very close to Hearst Castle, beach.

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Clean Restrooms

Clean Showers

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Kampzite

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

Date of Stay: July, 2013 - $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: 1

Date of Stay: June, 2013 - $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: August, 2012 - $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: May, 2011 - $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: 1

Date of Stay: March, 2011 - $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: 1

Date of Stay: February, 2011 - $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: 2

Date of Stay: December, 2010 - $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: December, 2010 - $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: July, 2010 - $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: July, 2010 - $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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jamese

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

Date of Stay: May, 2010 - $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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BikeSwimLaugh

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

Date of Stay: February, 2010 - $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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Family on the road

Review Count: 87
States Visited: 37
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: November, 2009 - $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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ZagiFlyer

Review Count: 12
States Visited: 4
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: September, 2009 - $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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