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Many of the central coast campgrounds and parks are bicycling distance from their nearby communities and offer amazing vistas and environments. Visitors can get close to nature and experience the many environments that make up the Central California coast. Consider the marine environment, redwood forest, river and stream ecosystems and the amazing dune environment near Pismo Beach and Oceano.

San Simeon State Park Campgrounds

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(805) 927-2035
Reservations (800) 444-7275
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San Simeon State Park
Vangordon at San Simeon Creek
Cambria, CA 93428

San Simeon State Park consists of two campground; San Simeon Creek and Washburn. The 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.

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San Simeon Creek Campground

Enjoy the scenic beauty of the Pacific Ocean while camping at San Simeon Creek Campground (water + showers) or Washburn Campground (water fill-up in lower campground + no showers). This tranquil getaway has many recreational options. Beach is closed to dogs for the protection of the threatened Snowey Plover shorebird. The campground is NOT on reservations from October 1st through March 14th and open on a 1st come - 1st served system using the Self-Pay envelope system.

The San Simeon Creek Campground offers 115 campsites for tent camping or recreational vehicles. The maximum length for a RV is 35 feet. Each campsite has a fire ring and picnic table. 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 available. Firewood is for sale from the campground host.

Washburn Campground

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Washburn campground is more primitive of the two campgrounds that comprise San Simeon State Park; is approximately 1 mile inland from the beach on a plateau overlooking the Santa Lucia mountains as well as the Pacific Ocean. This is a great spot for groups who like privacy or party animals who don't want to bum out the normal folk.


Morro Bay State Park

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(805) 772-2560
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Morro Bay State Park Road
Morro Bay, CA 93442
(805) 772-2560

Museum Information
(805) 772-2694 or [email protected] Open daily 10 am to 5 pm (except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day)
School Tours (805)772-2694 Ext 106 or [email protected]

Morro Bay State Park features lagoon and natural bay habitat. The bay's most prominent landmark is Morro Rock. The park has opportunities for sailing, fishing, hiking, and bird watching. The park museum has exhibits that cover natural features and cultural history, Native American life, geology, and oceanography. The park also has a colorful marina and an 18-hole public golf course. On the bay's northeast edge is a pristine saltwater marsh that supports a thriving bird population.

Location - Directions
From San Luis Obispo take Highway 1 north to the Los Osos - Baywood Park off ramp. Turn left, go about 1 mile and turn right into the state park.

Morro Strand State Beach

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(805) 772-2560 
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Morro Strand SB
State Park Road
Morro Bay, CA

This beach is a coastal frontage park featuring outstanding picnic sites. A three-mile stretch of beach connects the southern and northern entrances to the beach. Horeseback riding, fishing, windsurfing, jogging, and kite flying are popular.

Services & Amenities:

  • BBQ Pits
  • Comfort Station
  • Fishing
  • Restrooms
  • Swimming
  • Telephone
  • Beach Access
  • Visitors Center
  • Store
  • Water Sports
  • Max Camper Length: 24'
  • Max Trailer Length: 24'

Location - Directions
The beach is two miles south of Cayucos on Highway 1. Take the Yerba Buena exit, a short distance north of Morro Bay, 24th Street allows access to the northern part of the beach.

Hearst Memorial State Beach


(805) 927-2070 Events & Permits
(805) 927-2074 Phgoto & Film Permits


750 Hearst Castle Road
San Simeon, CA 93452

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Rangers Office (805) 772-9723
Information (805) 772-7434
Location Morro Bay State Park Road Morro Bay, CA 93442

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Montaña de Oro State Beach


(805) 528-0513 Information
(805)772-7434 Gen. Questions
Camping • Day Use • Hiking Trails • Surf Fishing
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Montana de Oro State park
3550 Pecho Valley Road
Los Osos, CA 93402

This park features rugged cliffs, secluded sandy beaches, coastal plains, streams, canyons, and hills, including 1,347-foot Valencia Peak. Naturalists and backpackers enjoy the solitude and freedom found along the park's trails. There are also mountain biking and equestrian trails. The best-known beach is Spooner's Cove, across from the campground. The park's name, "Mountain of Gold," comes from the golden wildflowers that bloom in spring. Wildlife in the park includes black tailed deer and the black oystercatcher. The park includes primitive and equestrian campsites.

Daily access June through August. Seasonal staff, weekdends only September 15th through May 15th.  Bring your camera!

Location - Directions
The park is six miles southwest of Morro bay and seven miles south of Los Osos on Pecho Road.

Pismo State Beach


(805) 489-2684 Oceano Beach Info
(805) 773-2334 North Beach Campground
(805) 489-8115 Nature Center
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North Beach Campground
400 South Doliver
Pismo Beach, California 93449

Pismo State Beach offers all kinds of attractions: hiking, swimming, surf fishing, and digging for the famous Pismo clam. There are tree-lined dunes and the beach is popular with bird watchers. The park has the largest over-wintering colony of monarch butterflies in the U.S.

- Ocean Lagoon has a wheelchair-accessible fishing overhang.
- Four restaurants are within 2 blocks of the campground.
- ATV rentals are available within 2 blocks of the park.
- A trolly service provides access to the surrounding community.

Location - Directions
The beach is located in the town of Oceano off Highway 1.

Oceano Campground


 (805) 781-4900 Reservations
(805) 781-5930 Day Use Group Area Reservations
(805) 473-7223 Office
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Oceano County Campground
540 Air Park Drive
Oceano, CA 93445
(805) 781-4900

Oceano Park and Campground was once a favorite hunting and fishing ground of the Chumash Indians. Due to the somewhat harsh terrain, though, settlement of the area was mostly ignored until the 1900s. With the advent of the Southern Pacific Railroad in the 1890s came a real interest for the development of Oceano. Beach resorts and large subdivisions sprang up and then, unfortunately, fell to the woes of the Great Depression. In the wake of this difficult era, growth and development continued. The Oceano Memorial Park and Campground are a part of the many improvements made during the 1950s to help enhance the community of Oceano, as well as the County of San Luis Obispo.

An 82 site developed campground with hot showers. Reservations are available all year by calling 1-800-444-7275.

Location - Directions
From the town of Pismo Beach, travel south 2 miles on Hwy. 1 to Pier Avenue, then go west 2 blocks.

Limekiln State Park


(831) 667-2403 General Info
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Highway 1
Big Sur, Ca 93920

Lime Kiln CreekLime Kiln State Park contains 716-acres and offers camping and day use. The park features breathtaking views of the Big Sur Coast, the beauty of the redwoods, the rugged coast and the cultural history of limekilns. The park has 24 campsites.

The park is 56 miles south of Carmel, off Highway One; two miles south of Lucia.

Available March 22 - Oct 31.

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Julia Pfeiffer Burns
Hike in environmental campsites, like Molera. But nicer. And, cost more. Price here is $16 to $18 per day. We cannot explain the distinction in prices of the two sites. There are two sites, each accommodates up to 8 people. No water. No toilets. You have to hike back to the park entrance for those. The hike from the park's vehicle parking area is about 1/3 mile. But, the campsites can be reached from the road by foot (there's a closed gate at the trail to the camp sites), and that cuts the hike in half. The sites have a cupboard, table, typical camp charcoal stand, and a fire pit. Plaskett Creek Campground 36 miles south of Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 45 sites. Tables. Fire pits. Bathrooms. Fee $10 per night National Forest Service
Limekiln Creek (Private)
In a canyon, along a bustling creek, in a Redwood Grove. 660 acres, and adjoins Los Padres. Many good trails. Beach. 66 sites. Operated by California State Parks. $12 a night. Showers. Laundry. 831 667 2403 Kirk Creek Near the junction of Nacimiento Road Hwy 1 38 miles south of Pfieffer Big Sur State Park Out on a bluff over the ocean.  33  good sites. Grills & tables First come basis. Bathrooms. Spectacular setting. Fee: $16 per night. 831.385.5435
Forest Service Campgrounds
In the mountains from Kirk Creek, and accessed by Nacimiento Fergusson Road. Each is basic. Tables. Fire pits. Outhouses. $5 per night.

1.) Redwood Springs Road is by the Coast Ridge Road, north to Cone Peak.

2.) Nacimiento and Ponderosa campgrounds are farther east along Nacimiento Road.

U.S. Forest Service Adventure Pass does not cover this fee.

Plaskett Creek
Open campground, in a pine meadow, east side of Hwy One, close to Sand Dollar beach. 44 sites. $15 per night. $5 per person for Hike & Bike Camp. Reservations: 831.995.1976 
Palo Colorado Canyon Road
At the top of a rough road - 7.7 miles. Primitive camp sites. No drinking water. First come basis. Good views of Pico Blanco and Ventana Double Cone mountains Fees vary. $5 - $15 per night. Access to Ventana Wilderness trails. Forest Service - independent camp host Info: 831.385.5435
Andrew Molera State Park
25 miles south of Carmel crossroads. Hike in to 20 rustic 'environmental' sites. Secluded. No RVs. By the Big Sur River. Good hikes to mouth of the river. Excellent bird watching. Driftwood beach. Awesome hikes to the south on ocean bluffs. Hikes up mountain canyons in Santa Lucias. Horseback riding along Big Sur River and on the beach. Nearly 5,000 acres. State Park. Fee: $5 per night. 800.950.7275
Big Sur Campground (Private) 
Near Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, along Big Sur River Tent sites, RV hookups, tent cabins and cabins Rates are for 2 adults: $26 a night, $24 off season (Sun thru Thurs., Sept thru May) $3 more with power, $3 each dog and extra adult Children under 4 free Family oriented. Excellent setting on the river. Tent cabins, $48, $40 off season AAA approved. 831.667.2322
Riverside Campground (Private)
Tent sites, RV hookups, cabins A little cheaper than Big Sur Campground, but much less nice. And disparaging of people who use the Internet. 831.667.2414
Ripplewood Resort (Private)
Fernwood  Resort (Private)
60 sites.  Redwood forest.  Along Big Sur River. $24 per night (2 adults).  $27 with power.  $4 extra adult. Store and restaurant. 831.667.2422
Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Campground
25 miles south of Carmel crossroads. No RVs.  218 camp sites, along the river in the redwoods.  810 acres.  Showers. Store.   Restaurant, gift shop and grocery store at lodge.  Sites are well spaced apart. River swimming.  Good hiking trails.  Waterfalls.  Fee: $16 a night. 800.444.7275

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