Michal S.

San Luis Obispo, CA

Joined September 2017

Swimming holes

This was my best camping experience ever. It's location had perfect weather, warm during the day and cool, but not cold, at night. You surrounded by gorgeous tall trees and have access to swimming holes about a mile away. It had nice flushing restrooms and a small country store. There were no bugs or animals to contend with. I am already planning on returning.


This primitive but serene campground is right off Pacific Coast Highway. It's just past the quaint town of Cambria and before Hearst Castle. Also nearby is the Elephant Seal overlook and a lighthouse, Piedras Blancas. The sites are large with lots of trees for shade. There's a picnic table and a fire ring. This a large campground with several loops but once at your site, you feel alone in nature. Beautiful site to stay at, although we did have a nighttime visit of a skunk.


This campground is located on the Pacific Coast Highway and only accessible right now by the Nacimiento Ferguson road from Hwy 101. First of all, the facts are, there are only about 20 or so sites with a few amenities like a charcoal stand up grill, picnic table, fire ring and pit toilets. There is a camp host that checks you in and only firewood available to be purchased.

But, there is an awe-inspiring view of the Pacific rugged coast from each one. With Hwy 1 being closed due to mudslides on either side of this campground, the hwy is quiet and one is able to all the more enjoy the serene beauty of this location. Each sunset is watched from your tent entrance with vibrant colors.

There is a short hike along a stream that takes you down to the rocky beach. The trail is surrounded by lush vegetation and you'll pass a few redwoods too. Hours at this site will melt away months of civilization stress. I highly recommend making the trip to this scenic and delightful site.