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San Simeon State Park

San Simeon Creek Road, San Simeon, CA 93428
805-927-2020
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Ranked #8 of 12 attractions in San Simeon
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: State Parks
Activities: Camping
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Los Angeles, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

The 3.5 mile loop trail from the Washburn day use area is a very easy, but interesting hike for kids. The hike includes wooden boardwalks and bridges over marshy San Simeon Creek, a fern gully, views of ranch land and a little local history. There are a lot of interpretive signs that helped us identify the wildlife we were seeing,... More

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Portland, Oregon
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61 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

Need a close by place from the castle to picnic , than the state park will work for you. Just be aware the parking lot is in very very poor shape , don't plan on driving your Ferrari in the lot!,, Mike

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Ventura, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

Brought my girlfreind and my kids camping there over the past weekend Friday-Monday. I have been there before but it was their first time. This is a great little campground. The sights where we stayed are remarkably level. We stayed in site #87 which was long enough for my 28' trailer. All the sites 86-90 are really the best if... More

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california
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

Beautiful place to walk and enjoy wildlife. Even seen a red fox! The deer and birds, the ocean right there, this is a perfect day trip. Stay for the sunset it really will take your breath away.

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Amarillo, TX
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71 reviews 71 reviews
20 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

I grew up going to this beach as a kid, so I guess I am partial. But even visiting as an adult, it has some magical power over me. The beach and pier are lovely, and if you visit, go down the beach to the "cove" and hike up the trail to the eucalyptus trees. You will make it out... More

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Felton, California
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301 reviews 301 reviews
140 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

Some very nice hikes (walks) in the park. We saw lots of wildlife and birds. Overall, a very nice visit for a day visit.

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Sunnyvale, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

We hiked one afternoon and enjoyed it. We saw a number of deer, a rabbit, cows and birds. It was not crowded and the hike was about 3.5 miles. Restrooms at the parking lot. Beach access. Parking lot closes at sunset, no State Park staff on site.

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Southern Cal
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19 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

While motorcycle camping I came to San Simeon campground. Along hwy 1 but insulated from hwy noise by trees and growth this is a great place to camp. From hot showers and a+ clean restrooms to primitive hillside areas called Washburn with outhouses and potable well water there is room for all. A hiking trail takes you to the driftwood... More

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San Luis Obispo, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2013

We waited until the last minute to book any reservations for Labor Day weekend. We were able to get one night in the campground here. Since we were arriving after dinner, and it was a crowded weekend, we feared the worst. But the attendant at the gate told us he had a good spot for us, at the top of... More

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Houston, Texas
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

When driving from San Francisco toward San Simeon, be sure to stop along the beach to see the elephant seals. There are many of them beached on the shore and they make disgusting noises. It is hysterical and very fun to watch.

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