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6.16.2006 - 19 comments 

I took this shot on vacation one year of the beach at San Simeon State Park that is one of the oldest (and in my opinion prettiest) of the California State Park System. The coastal bluffs and promontories of the scenic park offer unobstructed views of the ocean and rocky shore.

The park includes the Santa Rosa Creek Natural Preserve, the San Simeon Natural Preserve and the Pa-nu Cultural Preserve were established in 1990. A 3.3-mile trail runs through parts of the San Simeon Natural Preserve and the Washburn Campground. The trail includes scenic overlooks, rest-stop benches and interpretive panels with information on wildlife and habitat.

San Simeon State Park is located 35 miles north of San Luis Obispo on Highway 1, and 5 miles south of the Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument Visitor Center. The community of Cambria is located 2 miles to the South and offers gas stations and grocery stores. While there we visited the Hearst Castle, which in and of itself is spectacular. If you ever get there, I would highly recommend touring the castle there too.

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