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William Randolph Hearst's, Hearst Castle taken from Pacific Coast Highway 1 near San Simeon. Click to enlarge.
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Piedras Blancas Light House, north of San Simeon. Click to enlarge.
Piedres Blancas Lighthouse during a thunder storm.

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Hearst Castle San Simeon Area Campgrounds, Picnic Sites, & Hiking Trails

To have a really great Hearst Castle Country vacation you will want get out of your car and mingle with the great outdoors; here on this web page are all the close by campgrounds, picnic sites, beaches and hiking trails; a wealth of information about outdoor activities and tourist facilities for your enjoyment of the California Coast and Hearst Castle Country. Want the latest information about camping near Hearst Castle? read the Spring 2015 Hearst Castle campgrounds report

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Primative Trails, Coast Bluff Hikes

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Link to Featured hotel, Best Western Oceanfront Resort Hotel.
Links to complete list of resorts, inns, motels, and hotels near Hearst Castle San Simeon, California. Directory of Hearst Castle lodging accommodations hotels, motels, resorts, and inns in San Simeon.
Link to Hearst Castle Visitor Information Page.
Link to San Simeon Village Information.
Link to Hearst Castle Country activities and attractions.
Link to Local Area Resource Links and Website Map.

The Coast Property and Beaches of Hearst Castle Country mostly belong to you now.

There have been many, many changes regarding U.S. Government and State Properties, the National Forests and State Beaches and Parks along the California Coast. Most recently some of the state parks and beaches on this page have been renamed to Hearst San Simeon State Park as of February 2008. San Simeon State Beach at the bottom of Hearst Castle Enchanted Hill and the San Simeon State Park just north of Cambria and newly acquired coast lands from Santa Rosa Creek to Ragged Point have become the all encompassing "Hearst San Simeon State Park". The most marked change has been all the new acquisitions and conservation easements that have come about making almost all of the coastal lands that are the concern of this website either belong to or are at least legally accessible to the general public. The state parks department acquired 959 acres and 13 miles of coastline as part of the historic $95 million Hearst Ranch conservation deal in 2004. You can use this information to make yourself more at home on Hearst Castle Country's beaches and coastlands; few changes or improvements have yet been made so you probably won't notice any change from the Pacific Coast Highway 1 and few noticeable changes have yet been made to the state properties or even to their websites.

Camping and Campgrounds south of Hearst Castle San Simeon California 93452 to Morro Bay 93442
Looking for information about campgrounds, picnicking and hiking north of Hearst Castle towards Big Sur?

Closest Camping to Hearst Castle, the Campgrounds at
Hearst San Simeon State State Park, (was San Simeon State Park),
San Simeon Creek Campground & Washburn Primative Campground


San Simeon Creek Campground

Aerial photo of the beach, Pacific Coast Highway 1, and the San Simeon Creek Campground at Hearst San Simeon State Park, click to visit San Simeon Creek Campground Information and beach Photograph Page.
San Simeon Creek Campground

The closest camping to Hearst Castle, San Simeon Creek Campground is 2 miles north of Cambria (source for supplies and restaurants )and off Pacific Coast Highway 1 and 5 miles south of the Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument Visitor Center. This campground is a short walk to the beach which allows no dogs to protect the Snowey Plover shorebird. The San Simeon Creek Campground has 115 campsites for tent camping or recreational vehicles up to 35 feet; each campsite has a fire ring and picnic. There are community water spigots and restrooms with flush toilets and coin operated showers. Pay phones and firewood is available; for RVs there is water fill-up and RV sewer dump station.

Washburn Primitive Campground

Aerial Photo of the road to the campsites at Washburn Primitive Campground, part of Hearst San Simeon State Park; click for more informatin about this primitive state park campground near Hearst Castle San Simeon California.
Washburn Primitive Campground

Washburn Primitive Campground uses the same entrance and kiosk as San Simeon Creek Campground; Washburn Campground is about a mile further inland so it is about 3 miles from Cambria and 6 miles south from the Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument Visitor Center. These primitive campsites are 1 mile inland from the beach on a plateau with views of the Santa Lucia Mountains as well as the Pacific Ocean and California Coast. Washburn campground facilities include a fire ring and picnic table at each campsite; communal drinking water spigots, chemical toilets and use of the RV sewer dump station and water fill-up.

San Simeon Creek Campground & Washburn Primative Campground at Hearst San Simeon State Park (San Simeon State Park)
Phone:
805-927-2035 or
805-927-2020
500 San Simeon Creek Rd
Cambria CA, 93428
Van Gordon Creek Road at San Simeon Creek Road;
Reservations: Campground Reservations can be made from March 15 to September 30 by calling 1-800-444-PARK.
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Recreational Activities: camping, picnicking, hiking, fishing, beachcombing, jogging, kite flying, bird watching and whale watching, horseshoe pitching; Junior Ranger Program; interpretive walks of the San Simeon Trail may also be available.

Click to visit website for information about San Simeon Creek and Washburn Campgrounds.
Official Website for San Simeon Creek & Washburn Campgrounds


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Family campsites available at San Simeon Creek Campground. Primative campsites available at Washburn Primative Campground. RV sewer dump station facility available at San Simeon Creek Campground. Interpretive Nature Exhibits at San Simeon Creek Campground. Fishing is a recreational activity at San Simeon Creek Campground.
Hike, Bike, Backpack campsites offered at this campground. Ranger presentations and guided intrepative nature hikes at San Simeon Creek Campground. Hiking trails for recreation at this park. Parking at this facility. Public restrooms provided at this property.
Day use area for picnicking and facilities like picnic tables, water and barbacue pits available at San Simeon Creek Campground. Campers, RVs, Camp Trailers 35 feet max length at this campground. RV's and trailers max length 35 feet at this campground. Showers available at this campground. This property has wheelchair accessible trails.
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Morro Strand State Beach Campground

Aerial photo of  campsites taken at Morro Strand Campground near Cayucos California; click to visit the Morro Strand State Beach Campground Information and Camping Photo Page.
Morro Strand State Beach Campground

Morro Strand State Beach is 2 miles south of the Beach Town of Cayucos, take the Yerba Buena Street exit off the Pacific Coast Highway 1 the North most exit of Morro Bay and continue to Oceanside Drive. There are 76 campsites located in this park each has parking, a fire ring and picnic table; there are communal restrooms and drinking water spigots but no showers. Campsites are sold by reservation from Memorial Day through Labor Day weekends and on a first come first served basis for the rest of the year. Dogs are allowed in the developed campground areas on a leash but not on the beach to protect Snowy Plover habitat. RV's are limited to 24 feet and there is no RV sewer dump station, RV electric or water hookups. Morro Strand State Beach is very popular for surfing, kite surfing and wind surfing spot; other popular recreational activities are kite flying, beachcombing, jogging and surf fishing. This is a wonderful beach front campground with a nice large white sand beach 27 miles south of Hearst Castle Visitor Center.

Morro Strand State Beach Campground
Phone:
805-772-2560 or
805-772-8812
Oceanside Drive
Morro Bay CA 93442
Reservations: 1-800-444-PARK from Memorial Day through Labor Day weekends and on a first come first served basis for the rest of the year.
BOOK CAMPSITE ONLINE
Recreational Activities:
swimming, surfing, kite surfing and wind surfing spot, kite flying, beachcombing, jogging and surf fishing.

Click to visit website for Morro Strand California State Beach Campground.
Official Website for Morro Strand State Beach Campground


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 Morro Strand State Beach Campground has scenic viewpoints and wildlife viewing. Family campsites available at Morro Strand State Beach Campground. Fishing is a recreational activity at Morro Strand State Beach Campground. Parking at this facility. Day use area for picnicking and facilities like picnic tables, water and barbacue pits available at Morro Strand State Beach Campground.
Public restrooms provided at this property. Campers, RVs, Camp Trailers 24 feet max length at this campground. RV's and trailers max length 24 feet at this campground. Surf spots, Morro Strand State Beach Campground has good surfing spots. Good windsurfing surf spots at Morro Strand State Beach Campground.
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Other Area Campgrounds, some near the California Coast and one in the Santa Lucia Mountains:

For more campground information click thumbnail photo of  highway sign for Cerro Alto Las Padres National Forest Primative Tent Campground
Cerro Alto
Campground
For more campground information click thumbnail aerial photo of  Morro Bay State Park Campground
Morro Bay
State Park
For more campground information click thumbnail aerial photo of  Montaa de Oro California State Park campground.
Montaña de
Oro Park
For camping information click this aerial photo of Avila Beach and Port San Luis Harbor, San Luis Bay with piers, Pacific Ocean and the town of Avila Beach.
Avila Beach
For more campground information click thumbnail of this ATV rider taken at Oceano Dunes SRVA California State Park campground
Oceano
Dunes SRVA

There several other wonderful campgrounds in the area if you don't mind being over 30 miles from Hearst Castle San Simeon or not on the beach. The featured campgrounds on this page or near or on the beach and if camping on the beach is what interests you then Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area (Oceano Dunes SVRA)this is the only State Park on the California Coast that allows the ultimate camp right on the beach experience and you can take your vehicle onto the beach and dunes too. If you are looking for a more forest mountain type camping experience you should check out the recently refurbished campsites at Morro Bay State Park, the wonderful campground near the beach at Montaña de Oro California State Park (popular horse and mountain bike trails) or another of my favorite campgrounds, a Santa Lucia Mountain campground called a mountain bike trail paradise, Cerro Alto Campground (best mountain bike trails). You can have great fun camped right next the fine white sand of the beach at Port San Luis Harbor Avila Beach.


Other Interesting Sightseeing & Campground options about 100 miles from the Castle:

For more Carrizo Plain campground information click thumbnail aerial photo of Carrizo Plain National Monument
Carrizo Plain
Nat. Monument
For more campground information click thumbnail a rock pinnacle for which the Pinnacle National Park is named.
Pinnacles
National Park

There are a couple of parks to sightsee and camp at with nice campgrounds to consider for your Hearst Castle vacation: Carrizo Plains National Monument is 106 driving miles southeast of Hearst Castle Visitor Center Get away from the crazy coast and everything else at the peaceful Carrizo Plains National Monument. The park has two nice fee-free campgrounds, 250,000 thousand diverse and unique acres to explore and hundreds of miles of jeep roads and hiking trails to get around on. A few of the unique features are the San Andres Fault, the Soda Lake, plains and two ranges of mountains, there are also some ancient Indian pictographs. This monument provides countless adventures that are best enjoyed in the spring; it is the sunniest place in California and often exceeds 100 degrees in the summer.
Pinnacles National Park Campground is 117 driving miles northeast from Hearst Castle Visitor Center and provides a nice inland sightseeing and camping alternative with over 30 miles of beautifully maintained trails in a rocky ancient volcanic another-worldly landscape with neat caves. The atmosphere is exciting and friendly; prices are reasonable ($23 per for my tent site); this is a popular park you probably want to make online reservations if you want to camp.

Closest picnic spot is Hearst Memorial State Beach Day Use Area, beautiful and wonderful but Ragged Point Inn Ocean View Resort is incredible! Take your pic for a picnic: the best spots on the California Coast to have a picnic near Hearst Castle San Simeon.

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Ragged Point Inn Ocean View Resort

Aerial photo of Ragged Point Inn taken at Ragged Point Inn Ocean View Resort. Click to visit the Picnicking at the Ragged Point Inn Ocean View Resort Information and Picnic Photo Page.
Ragged Point Inn Ocean View Resort

One of my favorite picnic spots any time I am in Hearst Castle Country is the Ragged Point Inn and Resort, it is a great place to have a picnic; throw out your blanket on the lush green lawn and enjoy the best Pacific Coast ocean view from San Simeon to Big Sur! If you like, Ragged Point Inn ocean view resort has a large outdoor patio with picnic tables surrounded by supporting business to compliment your Pacific Coast picnicking adventure like a general store in case you forgot some of your picnicking supplies and a hamburger stand if you'd rather something tasty and hot or a refreshing and icy cold drink. Then when you have finished your feast enjoy the spectacular ocean views and multitude of meandering paths to transverse the 12 acre properties ornamental gardens and scenic view points.

Click to visit website page for dining and Ragged Point Inn Ocean View Resort for picnicking.
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The best place to picnic is a beautiful 15 mile drive north up the breathtakingly scenic Pacific Coast Highway One from Hearst Castle; the elephant seal rookery and Piedras Blancas Lighthouse are on the PCH along the way.
Ragged Point Inn Ocean View Resort
19019 Highway 1
Ragged Point, California 93452
Hotel/Gift Shop Phone:
805-927-4502
Restaurant Phone:
805-927-5708
Recreational Facilities:
hiking trails, scenic ocean view decks, adirondack chairs, green lawn, picnic tables, restaurant, hamburger stand, expresso bar, general store, gift shop, art gallery, hotel, full service ocean view resort
Recreational Activities:
hiking, fishing, dining, wine tasting, picnicking, sightseeing

 Ragged Point Inn Ocean View Resort has scenic viewpoints and wildlife viewing. Fishing is a recreational activity at Ragged Point Inn Ocean View Resort. Hiking trails for recreation at this park. Public restrooms provided at this property. This property has wheelchair accessible trails.
Day use area for picnicking and facilities like picnic tables, water and picnicking supplies Ragged Point Inn Ocean View Resort. Drinking water available at Ragged Point Inn Ocean View Resort. Camping picnic supplies store near Ragged Point Inn Ocean View Resort. Food service restaurant or snack bar available for dining at Ragged Point Inn Ocean View Resort. Overnight lodging available at Ragged Point Inn Ocean View Resort.
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W.R. Hearst State Beach Day Use Area at
Hearst San Simeon State Park

Photo of San Simeon Point and San Simeon Cove taken at W.R. Hearst Memorial State Beach Day Use Area at Hearst San Simeon State Park. Click Photograph to visit the San Simeon W.R. Hearst Memorial State Beach Picnic Information Photo Page.
W.R. Hearst State Beach Day Use Area at Hearst San Simeon State Park

The paramount of picnic sites William Randolph Memorial Hearst State Beach just across the Pacific Coast Highway 1 from Hearst Castle State Historical Monument Visitor Center is a virtual playground for all ages! My #1 choice for picnicking and playing outdoors on the beach close to Hearst Castle near the old town of San Simeon. This State Park has an incredible expansive sandy beach, sheltered cove, long pier and handicapped accessible public restrooms. This day use area offers 24 ocean view picnic sites with picnic tables, 150 parking spaces, drinking water faucets, barbecue grill stands and easy beach access. Visitor activities include picnicking, swimming, fishing, boating, kayaking and sunbathing. There is a kayak and boogie board concession with equipment for rent.

Click to visit website for W.R. Memorial Hearst State Beach Day Use Area at Hearst San Simeon State Park.
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W.R. Memorial Hearst State Beach Day Use Area at Hearst San Simeon State Park
Phone:
805-927-2020
750 Hearst Castle Road
San Simeon,CA 93452

Recreational Activities:
OPEN DAWN TILL DUSK
picnicking, swimming, fishing, boating, kayaking and sunbathing. There is a kayak and boogie board concession with equipment for rent.

 W.R. Memorial Hearst State Beach Day Use Area at Hearst San Simeon State Park has scenic viewpoints and wildlife viewing.  W.R. Memorial Hearst State Beach Day Use Area at Hearst San Simeon State Park has a boat launch facility nearby. Pier fishing and surf fishing are recreational activities for W.R. Memorial Hearst State Beach Day Use Area at Hearst San Simeon State Park. Boat and kayak rentals available near W.R. Memorial Hearst State Beach Day Use Area at Hearst San Simeon State Park. This park has a tourist information visitors center.
Public restrooms provided at this property. This property has wheelchair accessible trails. Ranger presentations and guided intrepative nature hikes at W.R. Memorial Hearst State Beach Day Use Area at Hearst San Simeon State Park. Interpretive Nature Exhibits at W.R. Memorial Hearst State Beach Day Use Area at Hearst San Simeon State Park. Hiking trails for recreation at this park.
  W.R. Memorial Hearst State Beach Day Use Area at Hearst San Simeon State Park has good scuba diving and skin diving areas. Swimming is a recreational activity at this property. This park has a tourist information visitors center. Parking at this facility. Day use area for picnicking and facilities like picnic tables, water and barbacue pits available at W.R. Memorial Hearst State Beach Day Use Area at Hearst San Simeon State Park.
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Washburn Day Use Picnic Area

Photo of the picknic area and interprative nature trails taken at Washburn  Day Use Picnic Area. Click to visit the Washburn Day Use Picnic Area Information and Picnicking Photographs Page.
Washburn Day Use Picnic Area

W.R. Hearst State Park also has a day use picnic area next to San Simeon Creek (on the south side of San Simeon Creek across from the campground) which is accessed by a turn off from the Pacific Coast Highway 1 just south of San Simeon Creek Road (5 miles south from the Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument Visitor Center). This no fee day use area is protected from the ocean winds and offers several sites for picnicking with picnic tables and barbecue grill stands; there is a handicapped accessible restroom, parking spaces, drinking water faucets, and easy beach access. There is an entrance to a 3 plus mile nature trail which 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.

Hiking trails for recreation at this park, click for information about the San Simeon Creek Trail at San Simeon State Park. Click for more info about hiking the San Simeon Creek Trail complete with nature interpretive displays and a handicap accessible boardwalk.


Click to visit website for Washburn  Day Use Picnic Area next to San Simeon Creek at W.R. Hearst California State Park.
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Washburn Day Use Picnic Area at Hearst San Simeon State Park (San Simeon State Park)
Phone:
805-927-2020
Pacific Coast Highway 1, south of San Simeon Creek Road;
Cambria CA, 93428

Recreational Activities: picnicking, barbecue, beach access, fishing, beachcombing, interpretive self guided wheelchair accessible nature trail. Picnic By the Sea There are several ocean view picnic tables by the gravel parking lot on the bluff above the beach directly across the highway from the Washburn Day Use Area; a wonderful place to picnic when it's not windy, there is no barbecue grill, water or restroom just picnic tables, parking, the beautiful ocean view and beach.

 Washburn  Day Use Picnic Area next to San Simeon Creek at W. R. Hearst State Park has scenic viewpoints and wildlife viewing. Fishing is a recreational activity at Washburn  Day Use Picnic Area next to San Simeon Creek at W. R. Hearst State Park. Interpretive Nature Exhibits at Washburn  Day Use Picnic Area next to San Simeon Creek at W. R. Hearst State Park. Hiking trails for recreation at this park. This property has wheelchair accessible trails.
Parking at this facility. Public restrooms provided at this property. Ranger presentations and guided intrepative nature hikes at Washburn  Day Use Picnic Area next to San Simeon Creek at W. R. Hearst State Park. Drinking water available at Washburn  Day Use Picnic Area next to San Simeon Creek at W. R. Hearst State Park. Day use area for picnicking and facilities like picnic tables, water and barbacue pits available at Washburn  Day Use Picnic Area next to San Simeon Creek at W. R. Hearst State Park.
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Leffingwell Landing Day Use Picnic Area on Moonstone Beach

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Leffingwell Landing Day Use Picnic Area on Moonstone Beach

Leffingwell Landing Day Use Picnic Area is on a small bluff at the north end overlooking Cambria California's beautiful Moonstone Beach. There are picnic tables, drinking water faucets, barbecue grill stands and restrooms at this wonderful little park located 6 miles south of Hearst Castle Visitors Center but the biggest visitor draw is the spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean and the beautiful stretch of California Coast called Moonstone Beach. Besides enjoying the view recreational activities popular at Leffingwell Landing California State Day Use Area are tide pool viewing, beachcombing, kite flying, there is good hiking close by. Whale watching, fishing, skin diving, scuba diving, boating and kayaking are also popular, there is a small boat ramp to launch your watercraft; remember this is in the Monterey Bay National Marine Sancutary.


Leffingwell Landing Day Use Picnic Area on Moonstone Beach
Phone:
805-927-2020
Moonstone Beach Drive
Cambria CA, 93428

Recreational Activities:
tide pool viewing, beachcombing, kite flying, hiking, whale watching, fishing, skin diving, scuba diving, boating, kayaking

 Leffingwell Landing Day Use Picnic Area on Moonstone Beach has scenic viewpoints and wildlife viewing. Interpretive Nature Exhibits at Leffingwell Landing Day Use Picnic Area on Moonstone Beach.  Leffingwell Landing Day Use Picnic Area on Moonstone Beach has a boat launch facility nearby. Fishing is a recreational activity at Leffingwell Landing Day Use Picnic Area on Moonstone Beach.   Leffingwell Landing Day Use Picnic Area on Moonstone Beach has good scuba diving and skin diving areas.
Hiking trails for recreation at this park. Public restrooms provided at this property. Parking at this facility. This property has wheelchair accessible trails. Day use area for picnicking and facilities like picnic tables, water and barbacue pits available at Leffingwell Landing Day Use Picnic Area on Moonstone Beach.
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Shamel Park, Cambria Community Park

Aerial photo of the beach, Windsor Boulevard and Shamel Park, Cambria California Community Ocean Front Park good for picnicks and large group gatherings. Click to visit the Shamel Cambria Community Park Picnic Information and Picnicking Photographs Page.
Shamel Park

Shamel Park, is an ocean front day use San Luis Opispo County Park on Windsor Boulevard North Park Hill in the village of Cambria California. Shamel Park is a 6-acre County Park with a large grass playing field, scores of picnic tables, barbeques, and barbecue grill stands, horseshoe pits, a community swimming pool (open in season), and a children's play area with kids playground equipment.

Shamel Park, Cambria California Community Park
Phone:
805-781-5930
Windsor Boulevard
Cambria CA, 93428

Parking at this facility. Day use area for picnicking and facilities like picnic tables, water and barbacue pits available at Shamel Park, Cambria California Community Park a San Luis Obispo County Park. Drinking water available at Shamel Park, Cambria California Community Park a San Luis Obispo County Park. Barbecue grill stands available at Shamel Park, Cambria California Community Park a San Luis Obispo County Park. Public restrooms provided at this property.
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The very best hiking near Hearst Castle Visitor Center? Finest hike close to Hearst Castle San Simeon is a walk on the beach at William Randolph Hearst State State Beach!

UNIMPROVED COASTAL BLUFFS: Hikes, Hiking and Unimproved Hiking Trails near Hearst Castle San Simeon.

Photo a nice picknic area trailhead of the Ragged Point Inn Ocean View Nature Trail. Click to visit the Ragged Point Inn Nature Trail Information Page.

There are no "back country" marked or developed trails or hikes near Hearst Castle or San Simeon like there are to the north in the Los Padres National Forest Big Sur Country (trails and beach access near Ragged Point). Most of the land which surrounds Hearst Castle belongs to the Hearst Ranch (128 square miles / 82,000 acres) most of the open land to the south of Hearst Ranch is privately held as well.
The golden opportunities for hiking in Hearst Castle Country in and near San Simeon are Coastal Bluff Hikes. Most of the San Simeon Parks coastal bluff or beach hikes and hiking areas are newly acquired and yet to be developed and marked; thirteen miles of coastline, 959 acres in all were added to the state park system in 2004 as part of the historic $95 million Hearst Ranch conservation deal; there are also many nicely developed and marked hiking trails near San Simeon and in not far away village of Cambria, several self guided interruptive nature trails are even wheelchair accessible.

Hike San Simeon Point - Arroyo Laguna Beach - Hiking trails for recreation at this park. - Surf spots, Arroyo Laguna San Beach Simeon California State Park has good surfing spots. - Good windsurfing surf spots at Arroyo Laguna Beach San Simeon State Park. -  W.R. Memorial Hearst State Beach Day Use Area at Hearst San Simeon State Park has scenic viewpoints and wildlife viewing. - Pier fishing and surf fishing are recreational activities for William Randolph Memorial Hearst State Beach Day Use Area at Hearst San Simeon State Park. - Swimming is a recreational activity at this property.

Photo a nice picknic area trailhead of the Hearst San Simeon Point Beach to Arroyo Laguna Beach Hiking Trail. Click to visit the Hearst San Simeon Point Beach to Arroyo Laguna Beach Hiking Trail Photo Information Page.
Photo Arroyo Laguna Beach Wind Surfing Beach nice California Coast Pacific Ocean Bluff Nature Trail. Click to visit the Arroyo Laguna Beach Access Information Page.

One of the most interesting coastal bluffs in the Hearst Castle San Simeon area is San Simeon Point to Arroyo Laguna Beach (Arroyo Laguna Beach Access). There is a large variety of landscapes and geological features along this hike; eucalyptus and Monterey Pine forests, coastal bluffs with beautiful sweeping ocean views, rough rocky beach areas with tide pools, sand dunes, and long stretches of pristine white sandy beach. Plenty of free parking is available at W.R. Memorial Hearst State Beach Day Use Area; hike west on the beach and look for the easiest path up the cliff past Hearst's Spanish styled warehouses on the Bluff and follow the seldom used road out to the end of San Simeon Point then follow the trail which skirts the coast; turn back if any time you want or hike all the way to the popular wind and kite surfing beach, Arroyo Laguna Beach or further if you choose. You could also reverse this hike and park in the dirt parking lot at Arroyo Laguna and hike back to San Simeon State Beach, either way you go you could end up having to wade the Arroyo Laguna Creek if it is close to the rainy season, usually you can find a dry strip down by the beach to cross.

Coastal Bluff Hike South of Piedras Blancas Lighthouse - Hiking trails for recreation at this park. -  Piedras Blancas trail has scenic viewpoints and wildlife viewing.

Photo parking area coast bluff hike trailhead of Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery to Piedras Blancas Lighthouse South Hiking Trail. Click to visit the Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery to Piedras Blancas Lighthouse South Hiking Trail Photo Information Page.

There is some nice hiking allowed on the coastal bluffs south of the light house but the beaches are reserved for elephant seals (elephant seal calendar)and other wildlife. There is small separate parking lot north of the main Piedras Elephant Seal Rookery viewing area where you should park for hiking this area; you may have to climb over the gate to get to the bluff trails but San Simeon State Park managers say to stay on the trails and off of the beaches. Looking for more information about hiking the coastal bluffs in this area see this article about hiking these trails north of Hearst Castle San Simeon.

South San Simeon Acres - Junge Ranch Coastal Bluff Hike - Hiking trails for recreation at this park. - California Coastal trail has scenic viewpoints and wildlife viewing.- Surf spots, Pico Creek Beach San Simeon California State Park has good surfing spots. - Good windsurfing surf spots at Pico Creek Beach San Simeon California Coast.

Photo parking area coast bluff hike trailhead of Hearst Jung Ranch to San Simeon Acres California Coastal Bluff Hiking Trail. Click to visit the  Hearst Jung Ranch to San Simeon Acres California Coastal Bluff Hiking Trail Photo Information Page.

There is a nice coastal bluff hike with primitive trail just south of San Simeon Acres on the Junge Ranch. The trail starts from either the south end of San Simeon Acres at the corner of Balboa Avenue and Vista del Mar (through a barbed wire fence then trail goes south)or at the end of Lone Palm Drive off Highway 1 at San Simeon Creek Road across Pacific Coast Highway 1 from San Simeon State Creek Campgrounds (over the gate then trail goes west skirting a private residence then heads north). Looking for more information about hiking the coastal bluffs in this area see this news paper article about hiking these trails north of Hearst Castle San Simeon.

DEVELOPED HIKING TRAILS NEAR HEARST CASTLE SAN SIMEON;
marked trails with signs, self guided interpretative nature trails and wheelchair accessible trails.

The Washburn Nature Trail, in Hearst San Simeon State Park next to San Simeon Creek

Photo parking area and trailhead of Washburn Nature Trail. Click to visit the Washburn Nature Trail Photo Information Page.

Washburn Nature Trail starts next to San Simeon Creek at the Washburn Day Use Area. Turn off Pacific Coast Highway 1 just south of San Simeon Creek Road; free parking is available at the Washburn Day Use Picnic Area (5 miles south from the Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument Visitor Center). There is a short trail to the beach or an easy 3.3 mile loop trail runs through parts of the San Simeon Natural Preserve and the Washburn Campground. The hiking trail includes scenic overlooks, rest-stop benches and interpretive panels with information on wildlife and habitat. A segment of the trail along the seasonal wetland is wheelchair accessible.

Hiking and Developed Trails in Cambria, California.

Cambria is roughly 10 miles from Hearst Castle but they have some incredible hiking and well developed trails and more in the works! For the past decade Cambria has been working hard toward becoming an ideal place to hike, run, walk, ride or roll to appreciate the California Coast magnificent natural beauty. My two favorites Moonstone Beach Boardwalk and the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve Ocean Bluff Trails provide breathtaking sweeping ocean vistas and are wheelchair accessible too.
Click for more information about the Trails and Parks of
Cambria California from the Chamber of Commerce.

Photo parking area coast bluff hike trailhead of Moonstone Beach Boardwalk California Coastal Bluff Hiking Trail. Click to visit the Moonstone Beach Boardwalk California Coastal Bluff Hiking Trail Photo Information Page.

Moonstone Beach Boardwalk - Parking lots at both the north and south end of the boardwalk, additional parking in-between. This trail is a very popular walking spot with striking ocean vistas and a very friendly atmosphere. The raised wheelchair accessible boardwalk runs the entire length of the coastal bluff along Moonstone Beach Drive, now a part of the State Park lands of W.R. Hearst State Park. Beach access is available as well as the coastal bluff hike, nice place to fly a kite.

Photo nature sign and boardwalk Fiscalini Ranch Preserve Ocean Bluff Trail trailhead of California Coastal Bluff Hiking Trail. Click to visit the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve Ocean Bluff Trail Photo Information Page.

Fiscalini Ranch Preserve Ocean Bluff Trail - Park at the south dead-end of Windsor Boulevard. A magnificent mile long trail that skirts the ocean bluff and is a combination boardwalk compacted rock gravel both are easy to navigate a wheelchair and there are eclectic wooden benches to provide rest and reflection. The Marine Terrace trail is also very popular, a bit higher on the bluff this hike combined with the coastal bluff trail can provide a nice loop hike; the over 400 acre Fiscalini Ranch Preserve is a maze of trails which can provide some nice hiking and exploration.
Click for a nice MAP and information about the hiking and mountain biking trails
on the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve from Cambria Computer & Internet.

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Family campsites available at this California State Park.
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Hike, Bike, Backpack campsites offered at this campground.
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Primitive campsites at this campground.
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Public restrooms provided at this property.
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RV sewer dump station facility available at this State Park Campground.
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Campers, RVs, Camp Trailers max length at this campground.
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This park has a tourist information visitors center.
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 California State Park has a boat launch facility nearby.
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Fishing is a recreational activity at at this California State Park.
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Boat and kayak rentals available near this California Coast State Park.
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Parking at this facility.
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Day use area for picnicking and facilities like picnic tables, water and barbacue pits available at this San Simeon State Park.
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Drinking water available at this San Simeon State Park.
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Barbecue grill stands available at site area.
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Showers available at this campground.
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  This California Coastal area has good scuba diving and skin diving areas.
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Surf spots, this beach has good surfing spots.
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Good windsurfing surf spots at this state beach.
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Hiking trails for recreation at this park.
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This property has wheelchair accessible trails.
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Mountain Bike trails at this park, mountain biking one recreational activity for this trail.
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 This San Simeon State Park has scenic viewpoints and wildlife viewing.
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Interpretive Nature Exhibits on this hiking trail.
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Ranger presentations and guided intrepative nature hikes at this California State Park.
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Group campsites available at this campground.
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Camping picnic supplies store near this recreational area.
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Food service restaurant or snack bar available for dining at tourist spot.
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No drinking water available at this property.
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