The Washburn primitive campground is also accessed through the San Simeon Creek Campground entrance station. This campground is approximately 1 mile inland from the beach on a plateau overlooking the Santa Lucia mountains as well as the Pacific Ocean. Facilities here include a fire ring and picnic table at each campsite, water spigots, chemical flush toilets and use of the dump station and water fill-up.
Washburn campground is subject to reservation from March 15 to September 30. Reservations can be made at (805) 927-2020.
The San Simeon Creek Campground offers 115 vacation campsites for tent camping or recreational vehicles. The maximum length for an RV is 35 feet. Facilities at San Simeon Creek Campground include a fire ring and picnic table at each campsite. There are no hook-ups but 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 provided for campers convenience. Firewood is also available for sale from the campground host.
Recreational 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.
Reservations for San Simeon Creek Campground can be made between March 15 to September 30 by calling 1-800-444-PARK. For all other dates, the campground is “first come, first serve” for camping spots.