Central Coast Camping

Campgrounds & RV Parks

Central Coast CampingSan Simeon is a great jumping off point for some of the best camping experiences in the country today. 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.

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San Simeon State Park Campgrounds

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San Simeon
(805) 927-2035
Reservations (800) 444-7275
Camping • Day Use

Mailing Address:

San Simeon State Park
Vangordon at San Simeon Creek
Cambria, CA 93428

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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.

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 Snowy 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.

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Morro Bay State Park

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

Museum Information
(805) 772-2694 or
Open daily 10 am to 5 pm (except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day)

School Tours (805)772-2694 Ext 106 or

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Morro Strand State Beach

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Rangers Office: (805) 772-9723
Information: 805) 772-7434

Location – Directions
Morro Bay State Park Road Morro Bay, CA 93442

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.

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Morro Strand 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′

Montaña de Oro State Beach

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Supervising Rangers Office
(805) 772-7630
(805) 528-0513 Seasonal Staff: Sept-May weekends only, June-August daily
General Questions
This park is 6 miles SW of Morro Bay and 7 miles S of Los Osos on Pecho Road
May 15-Sept 15
Montana de Oro Ocean Rocks and Surf

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.

Camping • Day Use • Hiking Trails • Surf Fishing

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Hearst Memorial State Beach

Hearst Memorial State Beach

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750 Hearst Castle Road, San Simeon, CA 93452
Special Events Permits
(805) 927-2070
Photo/ Film Permits
(805) 927-2074

Day Use
Beach Access, BBQ Pits, Fishing. Store available with tackle, bait, and refreshments. Public restroom.

Pismo State Beach

North Beach Campground
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400 South Doliver
Pismo Beach, California 93449

Supervising Rangers Office
(805) 489-1869
Oceano State Beach Information
(805) 489-2684
Pismo North Beach Campground
(805) 773-2334
Pismo Nature Center
(805) 489-8115

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 trolley service provides access to the surrounding community.

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

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Oceano Campground

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(805) 473-7223
928 Pacific Blvd. Oceano, CA 93445
The recreation area is located in Oceano, three miles south of Pismo Beach off Highway 1.

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.

Camping • Day Use • Walk to town • Trails
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Limekiln – Big Sur

Limekiln State Park

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General Questions
(831) 667-2403
Highway 1 Big Sur, Ca 93920
March 22 – Oct 31

Limekiln State Park contains 716-acres. The park features breath taking views of the Big Sur Coast. The park features the beauty of the redwoods, the rugged coast, and the cultural history of limekilns.

Camping • Day Use

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Limekiln Creek with Phlox
Johnston Family Camping at Limekiln - Big Sur
Big Sur - Limekiln Tree Monster

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