Click to enlarge this warm inviting campfire at San Simeon Creek Campground photo.
Description: San Simeon Creek Campground is located in one of the oldest units of the California State Park System, Hearst San Simeon State Park which offers a lot of interest and attractions not to mention that beach and Pacific Ocean are just across the Pacific Coast Highway 1 and a short walk from the campground. The San Simeon Creek Campground itself offers multitude of camping features and facilities, the only thing might be missed by RV campers is hookups. Drive-in sites rent for $35.00 per night, hike & bike campsites rent for $5.00 per night. Fees include entry for 1 vehicle and 1 legally towed vehicle or trailer, additional vehicles will be charged $10.00 per day.
Location: The San Simeon Creek Campground is approximately 100 miles south of Carmel or 5 miles south of Hearst Castle State Historic Monument or 35 miles north of San Luis Obispo or 2 miles from Cambria just off the Pacific Coast Highway 1. 35.59939, -121.12544
Directions: The entrance for San Simeon Creek Campground is just west of Van Gordon Creek Road off San Simeon Creek Road, just 1,000 yards off the Pacific Coast Highway 1. So you get to the campground following the Pacific Coast Highway 1 either 3 miles south of San Simeon Acres (the group of motels south of Hearst Castle) or 2 miles north of Cambria and turn east (inland) on San Simeon Creek Road for 1,000 yards; the campground entrance is well marked on the right (just west of Van Gordon Creek Road).
Click to enlarge San Simeon Creek Campground panorama photograph with tents, trailers and RVs in campsites.
Camping Facilities: The San Simeon Creek Campgrounds offers 115 campsites for suitable car camping, tent camping, trailers or recreational vehicles. The maximum length for a RV is 35 feet. Each campsite has a campfire ring fire pit and picnic table (pedestal barbecue grills are available at nearby day use areas). Water spigots are available throughout the campground. Restrooms with flush toilets and coin operated showers, a dump station and water fill-up for RV's, and pay phones are also available. Firewood is for sale from the campground host.
Click for a large file of this beach photo; the beach, an important visitor point of interest near San Simeon State Park.
Activities: Outdoor recreational opportunities abound at Hearst San Simeon State Park. Camping is paramount the campground environment is long established native trees and shrubs providing some privacy and the large campfire pits bring the camping groups together and there is all the necessary for camping support either on site or nearby. When you leave the campground there is wildlife and other nature related study to be enjoyed everywhere, there is a nice beach and self guided interpretative nature trails photo opportunities around every corner. Besides the self guided nature trails there are sometimes ranger guided hikes or for groups they can be arranged; for the younger set there is a Junior Ranger Program with regular talks and activities. The ocean and beach areas are expansive, inviting and for most, accessible for exploration and enjoyment; beachcombing, picture taking, surf fishing, bird and whale watching just to mention a few of the possible outdoor recreational opportunities.
the include camping, picnicking, hiking, fishing, surfing, beachcombing, bird watching and whale watching. The Junior Ranger Program is a regularly scheduled interpretive program for children. Interpretive walks of the San Simeon Trail may also be available.
Click to enlarge this Hearst Castle photograph, visitor point of interest near San Simeon Creek Campground.
Close by Points of Interest: There are too many places and opportunities to include here but just to begin very close by to the north is Hearst Castle, San Simeon, William Randolph Hearst State Beach, the Piedras Blancas Lighthouse and Elephant Seal Rookery, to the south is the tourist friendly village of Cambria and just inland is a completely different climate and great wine country.
Pets & Misc. Regulations: Pets are banned from the beach to protect the snowy plovers. All pets must be in a tent or vehicle during the night and in the immediate control of the owner at all times. During the day pets must be on a leash no longer than six feet. They are not permitted on trails or on the beach in San Simeon State Park.
Helpful Hints: Watch for poison oak and ticks. This coastal climate on the cool, moist and breezy side requires layering of clothing for comfort.
Click for larger California coastal photos and information at California Coastline Records Project Website.
San Simeon Creek Campground at Hearst San Simeon State Park (San Simeon State Park)
Phone: 805-927-2035 or
500 San Simeon Creek Rd
Cambria CA, 93428
Van Gordon Creek Road at San Simeon Creek Road;
Reservations: Campground Reservations can be made from March 15 to September 30 by calling 1-800-444-PARK (7275).
Recreational Activities: camping, picnicking, hiking, fishing, beachcombing, jogging, kite flying, bird watching and whale watching, horseshoe pitching; Junior Ranger Program; interpretive walks of the San Simeon Trail may also be available.