Hearst San Simeon State Park
Hearst San Simeon State Park is one of the oldest units of the California State Park System and covers nearly 26 miles of coastline from north Cambria to San Corpoforo Creek. The coastal bluffs of the park offer unobstructed views of the ocean and rocky shore. The park includes the Santa Rosa Creek Natural Preserve, San Simeon Natural Preserve, Pa-nu Cultural Preserve, and the Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery. Camping is available in the park at the San Simeon Creek Campground and Washburn Campground. Click here to access the State Parks webpage.
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Hearst Castle is home to a world-renowned collection of art. William Randolph Hearst also built landscaped gardens and a private zoo on the property. Descendants of some of the zoo animals, including zebras, can sometimes be seen today grazing on the green hillsides of nearby Hearst Ranch, still privately owned. Donated to the State in December 1957 by the Hearst Corporation, the estate was opened to the public in 1958. Visit the Hearst Castle Visitor Center, view a movie at the Hearst Castle Theater, or take a tour of the Castle itself. For information, see www.parks.ca.gov/hearstcastle. Hearst Castle is currently closed to the public due to road repairs. It is expected to open on May 11.
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