Hearst San Simeon State Park

Discussion in 'California' started by Tanalynn, Jul 15, 2017.

  1. Tanalynn

    Tanalynn New Member

    Jul 15, 2017
    Atascadero, CA
    A very busy park during the summer season. Hearst Castle and sea lions to the north, and quaint Cambria to the south.

    There are two sections to the campground: the lower campground is closer to the beach with flush toilets and coin-operated showers for $35 per night (during the summer; not sure if the rate is lower in the off-season). The Washburn area (upper campground) has vault toilets (campground hosts keep them clean) but no showers (and the park doesn't allow campers use of the coin-operated showers) but the fee per night for this section is $20.

    This is a "dry" campground. A dump station with a pull-in area to top off water at no additional charge.

    My husband and I stayed with friends in the Washburn area. Will be sure to bring a pop up awning as each time we camp here a few more trees are removed due to drought. You can purchase wood at the campground if needed.
  2. kevinpf

    kevinpf New Member

    Jul 5, 2015
    Southern California
    We have stayed here many times in the past. It is a great 1-2 night stop if you are traveling up or down Highway 1. We really enjoy the lower campground.

    It is indeed close to Cambria, a little eclectic coastal town with neat restaurants and shops, a great place to spend the day wandering

    Only issue we ever had is when there is an on-shore wind, because the campground is like a funnel and the wind can be fierce.

    Thanks for bringing this one up, it isn't on a lot of folks radar.
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