One of California State Parks oldest beaches and parks
in the system, San Simeon State Park is located north of Cambria in San
Simeon, not far from Hearst Castle. Known for its expansive vistas of
the Pacific Ocean and colorful wildflowers that dot the hillside bluffs
overlooking rocky shores, a 3.3 mile trail run passes through the state
beach / parks, part of the San Simeon Natural Preserve that
includes Washburn Campground.
Rosa Creek Natural Preserve and Pa-nu Cultural Preserve are easy to
walk, providing benches to sit and watch the clouds pass by. Along the
stroll stop and read the posted information about local wildlife in the
coastal wetlands. While the elephant seal rookery provides a haven for
molting seals nearby, this preserve offers a wintering site for Monarch butterflies.
Camping (subject to changes in
State Parks rules,) surfing, bird watching and hiking are the most
popular activities in this scenic coast just south of Big Sur and Santa
For those who
simply want to day-trip and enjoy the scenery, there are some excellent
hotels and shopping in nearby Cambria, which is somewhat like an English
village with a California spin. Be sure to check out the hotels along
Moonstone Beach for overnight stays providing additional strolls, sunset
views, and romance galore!