Camping Near Hearst Castle

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    San Simeon Camping: Near Hearst Castle and Morro Bay

    Hearst Castle on Hilltop, San Simeon, California
    This Guide Will Help You Find a Place to Camp Near Hearst Castle. Doug Meek / Getty Images

    This guide includes campgrounds around San Simeon, Hearst Castle and Morro Bay. Any of these locations are convenient for visiting the whole area.

    After you go north of Hearst Castle and the town of San Simeon, places to camp are scarce until you get to Big Sur, which is about 70 miles away. These campgrounds are between San Simeon and Morro Bay.

    Get a look at where these campgrounds are on the map.

    Plan Ahead for Morro Bay Area Camping

    For state parks on this list, you need to know that California’s state parks reservations process can be confusing. It’s set up in a way that practically forces you to plan months ahead. For the campgrounds listed below that are state parks, find out how to make California state park reservations.

    If you're planning to visit San Simeon or Hearst Castle, especially during vacation season and you want to stay in one of those state parks, you'll need to get a head start. Or be very flexible about your dates.

    RV Rental Near San Simeon and Morro Bay

    If you like the idea of camping but don't have your own vehicle, it's not a problem. Luv2Camp offers camping trailer rentals and they will deliver them to your campsite at most of the spots listed below.

    San Simeon Camping

    North of Morro Bay and closer to Hearst Castle is a good choice if you're taking an early tour at Hearst Castle or if you're going north through Big Sur and want to get an early start.

    San Simeon State Park: Family camping areas, RV dump station, showers. They also have a primitive campground.

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    Morro Bay Camping

    Morro Rock from Morro Bay State Beach
    Morro Rock from Morro Bay State Beach. devra/Flickr/CC BY 2.0

    These campgrounds and RV parks are clustered around the town of Morro Bay, which is a great place to stay for a visit in the area.

    Montaña de Oro State Park: A beautiful state park with family campsites, a few spots for self-contained RVs and tent camping spots. Pit toilets only.

    Morro Bay State Park: One of the prettiest camping spots around Morro Bay, situated in a grove of eucalyptus trees, and with a nice restaurant a short walk away. It overlooks a small boat marina. Campers to 35 feet long with hookups are allowed and they have a dump station. They have coin-operated showers, restrooms.

    Bay Pines RV Park: Bay Pines has 112 spaces with hookups, a pool and a heated spa.

    Morro Dunes: You'll find lots of sites for tents and RVs, some with hookups or partial hookups. They have a dump station, hot showers, a general store and a laundromat.

    Morro Strand RV Park: This is a newer RV park, with larger sites and lots of amenities. They accept RVs and tents, and pets are allowed for a small fee.

    Morro Strand State Beach: Morro Strand is as close to camping on the beach as you'll get in San Luis Obispo County, with their oceanside campgrounds separated from the beach by small sand dunes. They can accommodate campers up to 24 feet long but have no hookups or dump station and no showers. Sites 41, 43 and 45 have views of Morro Rock.

    Rancho Colina RV Park: Rancho Colina is an RV-only park with 57 spaces and full hookups. They allow pets and have WiFi at their overnight sites. They also have restrooms, showers and a laundry. It’s hard to believe in the 21st century, but this place doesn’t seem to have a website. They're located at 1045 Atascadero Road in Morro Bay and their telephone number is 805-772-8420. You can get a little more information about them at the Good Sam website.

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    Map of Campgrounds Near San Simeon, Hearst Castle and Morro Bay

    Campgrounds Near San Simeon, Hearst Castle and Morro Bay
    Campgrounds Near San Simeon, Hearst Castle and Morro Bay. Base Map Courtesy of Google ©2014

    To give a sense of scale, the map is about 50 miles from top to bottom. If you click on it, you can see it in a bigger size.

    For a larger map with more features, use this version at Google maps.