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San Simeon State Beach - California State Parks of the San Luis Obispo Coast

Hearst San Simeon State Park is one of the oldest units of the California State Park System. The coastal bluffs and promontories of the scenic park offer unobstructed views of the ocean and
rocky shore.

Natural History
Within the boundaries of Hearst San Simeon State Park are Santa Rosa Creek Natural Preserve and San Simeon Natural Preserve. Santa Rosa Creek San Simeon State Beach - California State Parks of the San Luis Obispo CoastPreserve is an area of approximately 40 acres, which includes valuable riparian forests and coastal wetlands, that provide habitat for endangered Tidewater Goby. San Simeon Natural Preserve consists of approximately 365 acres of vast wetlands, riparian areas, and several undisturbed native plant communities including unique mima mound topography. The Natural Preserve is also the wintering site for monarch butterfly populations. In 1994, a 3.3 mile trail was constructed encircling portions of the San Simeon Natural Preserve and the Washburn Campground. The trail includes scenic overlooks, rest-stop benches and interpretive panels with information on wildlife and habitat. A portion of the trail along the seasonal wetland is wheelchair accessible.

San Simeon State Beach - California State Parks of the San Luis Obispo CoastRecreational 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.


Location and Reservation Information
Hearst San Simeon State Park is located 35 miles north of San Luis Obispo on Highway 1, and 5 miles south of the Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument Visitor Center.The community of Cambria is located 2 miles to the South and offers gas stations and grocery stores. Campground Reservations can be made from March 15 to September 30 by calling 1-800-444-PARK (7275). The rest of the year the campground is open on a first come, first serve basis.


RV Rental Information
For information on renting Family Travel Trailers, including delivery and setup, please visit Paso Robles RV Rentals.

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Amenities & Facilities at a Glance
Exhibits & Programs
Parking
Family Campsites
Picnic Areas
Fishing
Restrooms
Hike or Bike Campsites
RV Dump Station
Hiking Trails
Showers
Boat Ramps
Reservations Recommended
Camping
Picnicking
Nature Trails
Surfing
Fishing
Bird Watching
Whale Watching
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35 miles north of San Luis Obispo on Highway 1, and 5 miles south of the Hearst Castle.


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