The mission of the California State Parks is to provide for the health, inspiration and education of the people of California by helping to preserve the state’s extraordinary biological diversity, protecting its most valued natural and cultural resources and creating opportunities for high-quality outdoor recreation.
Hearst Castle is a State Park
The California State Park’s very best is represented by their locations in and around Hearst Castle. From W.R. Hearst Memorial State Beach and Hearst San Simeon State Park to the Elephant Seals and Hearst Castle itself, some of the finest parks and campgrounds in California are located within a short distance from this feature attraction. Come enjoy Hearst Castle and the best that California State Parks has to offer for your next vacation or weekend getaway to the Central Coast.
San Simeon Creek Campground
The San Simeon Creek Campground offers 115 vacation campsites for San Simeon camping with tents or recreational vehicles. The maximum length for an RV is 35 feet. Facilities at San Simeon Creek Campground include a fire ring and picnic table at each campsite. There are no hook-ups but 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 provided for campers convenience. Firewood is also available for sale from the campground host.
Recreational activities 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. Information regarding the locations and scheduled time of interpretive programs is available by calling Hearst San Simeon State Park at (805) 927-2035.
Washburn Campground Camping
The Washburn primitive campground is also accessed through the San Simeon Creek Campground entrance station. This campground is approximately 1 mile inland from the beach on a plateau overlooking the Santa Lucia mountains as well as the Pacific Ocean. Facilities here 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. Washburn campground is subject to reservation from March 15 to September 30.
Junior Ranger Program
The Junior Ranger Program is a special program for kids that provides the chance to partake in a variety of fun and educational nature-oriented activities at San Simeon State Park. Parents should bring their kids to the Campfire Center at the San Simeon Creek Campground for fun regularly scheduled programs about the Central Coast.
Junior Rangers age 7-12
Programs will be offered Thursday thru Monday starting at 10:00 AM and ending at approximately 11:00 AM. We will meet at the Campfire Center. Programs will include topics such as ecology, birds, orienteering, Native Americans, animal tracks, nature art, insects and plants. Check day use and/or campground bulletin boards for more information.
Junior Ranger “Cubs” age 4-6
“Cubs” programs will be offered at 9:30 AM and go until 10:00 AM unless posted otherwise. See day use and/or campground bulletin boards for more information.
Campfire Programs will be offered on Friday and Saturday nights beginning at 8:15 PM and ending at approximately 9:15 PM. Topics will include turkey vultures, mountain lions, elephant seals, sea otters, tide pools, Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, birds, owls or birds of prey, Chumash Indians, bats and various other programs about the natural and cultural resources of the Central Coast. For more information please check day use and/or campground bulletin boards.
We will be showing nature movies on Sundays and Thursdays beginning at 8:15 PM and ending at approximately 9:15 PM. Please see campground and/or day use bulletin boards for movie title information. For more information the public can call the Hearst Castle Visitor Center at (805) 927-2013. All programs will be conducted at the campfire center in San Simeon Creek Campground unless posted otherwise. Bulletins will be posted weekly on Thursday afternoon. Bulletins will be posted on Sunday at the Washburn and Hearst State Beach Day use areas as well as throughout the San Simeon State Park Campground.
Free Summer Trolley & Bus Service
Cambria – San Simeon Campground – Hearst Castle®
Free Summer Routes and Schedules
Brochures and Maps
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State Park Information
For general California State Park information, visit the State Park’s website or contact:
P.O. Box 942896
Sacramento, CA 94296-0001