This is one of the oldest divisions of the California State Park System. This is a beach full of dramatic coastal bluffs, rocky shores and wonderful vistas. Part of the park is the “Santa Rosa Creek Natural Preserve,” the “San Simeon Natural Preserve and the Pa-nu Cultural Preserve.” There is a 3.3 mile trail that runs through parts of the San Simeon Natural Preserve, and the Washburn Campground as well. The trail is wonderfully laid out, with scenic overlooks, rest stop benches and a good amount of information available on both the wildlife and habitat in the area.
San Simeon State Park is located 35 miles north of San Luis Obispo on Highway 1, and 5 miles south of the Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument Visitor Center. The community of Cambria is located 2 miles to the South, offering food, lodging, gas stations and quaint local shops to tantalize the tourist.
There are 115 campsites for either tents or recreational vehicles, with the maximum length of 35 feet for the RV’s. There are fire rings and picnic tables at each camp site and water spigots are available throughout the campground. Restrooms, coin operated showers, a dump station and water fill-ups for RV’s.
Recreational activities include California 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.
Washburn Campground is one mile inland from the beach overlooking the Santa Lucia Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. This is a primitive campground and the facilities include a fire ring and picnic table at each campsite, water spigots, chemical flush toilets and use of the dump station and water fill-up.
Hearst Castle is one of the oldest historic house/museums in the United States, with a highly sophisticated guided tour. Home of the famed William Randolph Hearst, who was one of the many wealthy American collectors in who built and decorated incredible homes.