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.

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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

Campground Type: Organized
Number of Campsites: 136 Campsites
Cost: $35/Night
Use Level: Medium
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Fire Rings: Yes
Drinking Water: Yes
Toilets: Yes
Showers: Yes
Trash/Dumpsters: Yes
Hiking Access: Yes
Beach/Lake Access: Yes
RV/Trailer Length: RV – 35′
RV/Trailer Amenities: Water & Dump Station
Cell Phone Service: Possible – Verizon
Wifi: None
Operating Season: Campground Open Year-round

Getting There

Address: 500 San Simeon Creek Road
Cambria, CA  93428
Geo Coordinates: 35.5965933, -121.12562604
Nearest City/Town: San Luis Obispo, California
Elevation: 25 feet
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.

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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.

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San Simeon Creek Campground Photos


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