Morro Bay State Park campground features lagoon and natural bay habitat. The bay's most prominent landmark is Morro Rock. The park has opportunities for sailing, fishing, hiking, and bird watching. The park museum has exhibits that cover natural features and cultural history, Native American life, geology, and oceanography. The park also has a colorful marina and an 18-hole public golf course. On the bay's northeast edge is a pristine saltwater marsh that supports a thriving bird population.
As a person who typically camps in remoter spots, I was pleasantly surprised by Morro Bay State Park in Morro Bay, CA. Although it is nestled between a golf course and surrounding community, once there, the site is as good as being at a remoter site but with the super convenience of having a beautiful and charming sea side town just outside of it. Perfect for the family that wants to dip-there-toe into camping without wanting to be too far from amenities and services.
Morro Bay is the most adorable beach town just above San Louis Obispo, west of the 101 freeway. It’s worth making the short trek there! There is surfing, kayaking, fishing, and tons of activities to do while you camp out. Only downside is it gets a bit windy sometimes. Be prepared to bring some warmer clothing and enjoy this perfect little town. There are tons of shops, restaurants, and great bars to visit when you hit up the town to get away from camping.
rv camped in May. no reservation.
Across the road from beaches and hiking trails. our base camp for central coast activities. sooo many trees. We did not have many neighbors midweek.
camp host was friendly and informative.
took a nice hiking trail at the back of the campground for awesome views!
We love MBSP, and enjoy taking our trailer. Either the hookup sites or those without are great, but if you have dogs aware that the grounds are covered almost entirely with foxtail grasses.
The Morro Bay State park offers a scenic coastal campground nestled in tall eucalyptus trees just a stones throw from the water. There is plenty to see and do in town, and the campground has a kayaking company within walking distance. There's also a natural history museum across the street.
This campground is clean, and quiet with showers and flushable toilets. It's accessible with car, bike, or rv spots. They also offer a senior discount, but it's very affordable.
This campground is a great base camp for coastal exploring; either north to Cayucos, or south to San Luis Obispo and Pismo.
This is a huge (over 125 sites) and very popular campground. I strongly urge you to make reservations in advance as it was almost sold out on even a cool, overcast weekday. Most campsites are mixed use, with only a tiny handful tent only (and only 2 that are hike/bike in-I asked). Personally, I liked the farthest back loop because it was less crowded, kind of sheltered, and hand the least traffic. It’s also closest to the Monarch Butterfly Roosting area, tho I didn’t see any on my walk through. The back loop is also close to the only trailhead in the campground, the Black Hill Trail (I didn’t hike it, so I can’t tell if it was a good one or not). Across the road from the entrance is the Marina where you can rent a slip for your boat or rent a kayak for the day. Just up the road thru town is the big draw: Morro Rock. I had a great time hanging out watching the sea otters in the calm waters on one side of the rock and the surfers on the other side. Lots of beach walkers too.
Great location and nice walking trails! on site seafood restaurant by the water and a golf course.
[ LOCATION -5 Stars ]
- Walking distance to the Morro Bay Natural History Museum -- great for kids and very educational for all ages. Admission is only $3 and they have a fun Nature Shop to pick up souvenirs and gifts.
- Bayside Cafe is adjacent to the Campgrounds. If you don't feel like going through the hassle of cooking an elaborate meal at camp, you can take it easy and eat at the cafe. It has a great view of the marina and Morro Bay Rock.
- Campgrounds is a stone's throw from the marina. This is especially great if you enjoy being by the water. A lot of campers bring their own kayaks, canoes, SUP boards, etc.
- Less than 2 miles from the Embarcadero where there are shops, restaurants, bars, cafes, boat tours, and water equipment rentals. It's a beautiful walk, an easy bike ride, and a quick drive into town. Best part, FREE PARKING everywhere! Also, plenty of public restrooms that are relatively clean.
- The campgrounds is right by a large and well-manicured golf course. So that's cool…if you're into golf!
[ AMENITIES -4.5 Stars ]
- Plenty of showers and restrooms throughout the campgrounds. Some are not all operational but it's not that far of a walk to get to the next available one. PRO TIP: Exchange your shower tokens at the check-in Kiosk. A lot of the token machines were out of order. 2 tokens for $1. Each token buys you 2 minutes time.
- Firewood & fire starters can be purchased at Camp Host sites. $7 for a bundle and $1 for firestarters. The profits go back to CA state parks :)
- Sites are very close together and not very spacious or private. Each campsite comes with parking for 1 car, a charcoal BBQ grill, a firepit, bear box, and picnic table.
- There are plenty of shared water spigots for potable water by every site. Make sure you turn it gently because the water pressure is super strong and you'll get a ton of splash back.
[ CLEANLINESS -5 Stars]
- Restrooms & showers are SO CLEAN! Most of the campers here are RV campers, so they aren't really using the public restrooms. Less foot traffic = cleaner!
- The majority of campers here are older, retired RV campers so the campgrounds are kept-up meticulously well. Everyone is very considerate and clean up after themselves. There aren't too many pests or ants either.
I liked this park a lot because it was so clean. It was a bit hard to find it though. I had to cut through a golf course to get there and luckily no one said anything to me. And I only found out later that I wasn't supposed to do that haha. oh well. It was nice and big. Clean. But the shower was expensive, just like any other campsites in California. I liked how they had a designated spot for only bikers. It was nice to meet other bike travelers. We went out for pizza and had a really memorable night.
We met a group here and camped at a couple of adjacent sites. It is a premium location very close to the Pacific Ocean, and you can walk to a little store and very casual restaurant on the water. You can also rent canoes and kayaks to paddle out to the isthmus which is comprised of dunes. On the day we tried that, it was very windy, and some of the kayaks and canoes had to be rescued, so we decided to turn around and didn't make it all the way to the island. Nonetheless, it was great to be out on the ocean, and the scenery is otherworldly. The town nearby is very cute with lots of touristy things, but with a laid-back atmosphere. One can also venture further in to San Luis Obispo, which is a fun college town.