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San Simeon State Park, CA

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San Simeon SP provides two campgrounds within an easy 5-mile drive of Hearst Castle. San Simeon Creek CG is the larger with 133 sites, while sitting up on a hill, Washburn CG offers another 68 campsites. The campgrounds are located on the inland side of Highway 1.

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As usual, we arrived with no reservations; being Thursday we had no problem finding a site. We decided on site 8, which was up on a small knoll in the San Simeon Creek CG. We chose it for its view of the ocean.

Date of visit: Apr 2008

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Sites 5, 7 and 9, across from our site. This small loop seems to attract tent campers, for the parking spaces are fairly small.

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Site 25 on the knoll has a great view over a small valley. Just beyond those trees in the distance is the Washburn CG.

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Site 87 is typical of the sites in the lower, main loop. The only problem is that you would never know you're anywhere near the ocean.

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Sites 95 and 99.

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Sites 108 and 110.

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There are 6 bathhouses in the San Simeon Creek CG; 4 of them offer coin-operated hot showers (.25 for 2 minutes).

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For hikers, there is a very enjoyable trail that takes you through a variety of terrain. Liz' pedometer registered 4 miles.

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One section of the trail is on a boardwalk across seasonal marshes, while in other areas it climbs up and around wooded hillsides.

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The trail also circles around the Washburn CG. Sites here are much more open.

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Washburn CG only provides vault toilets - no showers.

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Looking down toward the San Simeon Creek CG.

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Just south of the campground is a day-use section of the park, where one can stroll along this wood boardwalk for a mile or so.

Amenities

Rates: $15-20 ($2 Senior discount)

No hookups

Showers

Dump station and water supply point available

Activities/Nearby Attractions

4-mile trail

Hearst Castle

Coord: 35.598759 N, 121.123394 W


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