San Simeon Creek Campground, with 134 campsites, is the larger of the two campgrounds at Hearst San Simeon State Park and features a mix of tent-only and RV friendly campsites on a sloping hill that ends with access to the beach through a path under Highway 1. In addition San Simeon Creek Campground also offers 2 hike-and-bike-in campsites. All of the campsites at San Simeon have a fire ring, picnic table, and access to drinking water and bathrooms.
San Simeon Creek Campground – Bottom Line
San Simeon Creek Campground is better than many beachside campgrounds, in that it is not a paved RV oasis and offers some pretty nice views in addition to access to Moonstone Beach, which is known as a great spot for tidepooling and whale-watching. There are also some great hikes within the campground that offer sweeping views of the coast while walking bluff overlooking the ocean.
The campsites closest to the entrance to the campground are located on a small hill providing a bit more view than the lower campsites. Additionally, the upper campsites are also a little more private than the lower sites, as they are spaced further apart.
The best campsites at San Simeon Creek Campground are 21, 23, 24, 25, 62, 64, 65, 67, 68, 70, 72, 131, 132, & 133.
San Simeon Creek Campground Features
|Number of Campsites:||136 Campsites|
|RV/Trailer Length:||RV – 35′|
|RV/Trailer Amenities:||Water & Dump Station|
|Cell Phone Service:||Possible – Verizon|
|Operating Season:||Campground Open Year-round|
|Address:||500 San Simeon Creek Road
Cambria, CA 93428
|Geo Coordinates:||35.5965933, -121.12562604|
|Nearest City/Town:||San Luis Obispo, California|
|Location:||San Luis Obispo County, California|
|Paved Road Access:||Yes|
|Proximity to Stores:||Cambria, CA is 2 miles south|
|Directions:||San Simeon State Park is located 35 miles north of San Luis Obispo on Highway 1.|
|Phone:||805-927-2020||Facebook:||San Simeon State Park Facebook Page|
|Web:||San Simeon State Park Website|
|Reservations:||Online Campsite Reservations|
When To Go
Late Fall – Winter – We like going to the campsites on the Central Coast of California during the Late Fall and Winter. It is still plenty warm enough to camp and you do not have the crowds of peak camping season. Additionally, in January and February you may be able to do some whale watching.
What To Do
Trail Hiking – There are some nice trails that meander through San Simeon State Park that extend all of the way down to the beach.
Tidepooling – Moonstone Beach is a great destination for tidepooling and is accessible by foot from San Simeon Creek Campground.
Whale-watching – From some of the campsites and the accessible beach you can whale-watching in January and February.
Visit Nature & Historical Preserves – There are 2 nature preserves and 1 historical preserve located within San Simeon State Park. Santa Rosa Creek Preserve is an are made up of riparian forests and coastal wetlands which provide habitat for endangered Tidewater Goby. San Simeon Natural Preserve consists of wetlands, riparian areas, and several undisturbed native plant communities and is also a wintering site for monarch butterflies. Pa-nu Cultural Preserve is about 14 acres in size and contains a significant archeological site that is nearly 6000 years old, and documents prehistoric technology, subsistence practices and social organization over the course of several centuries.
San Simeon Creek Campground Photos