Outdoor Escape

Elephant Seals

If you feel at peace in nature, then Cambria offers a perfect getaway to refresh your spirit. With breathtaking vistas, beach front trails, miles of renowned cycling routes, and remarkable tide pools to explore, an outdoor escape to Cambria will likely stretch your expectations (and your legs).

Natural Wonders

From marine mammals to rare preserves, Cambria has natural wonders for everyone to marvel. Visit Piedras Blancas Rookery to see the Elephant Seals year round, and pay a special visit during late winter and early spring for mating and birthing season. Other sea mammals are also frequent visitors, including sea otters, whales, and dolphins. Plus, Cambria offers great opportunities for bird watching.

If you like to experience nature hands-on, Moonstone Beach offers plenty of activities – from kayaking and tide pooling, to strolling the boardwalk or hunting for moonstones – this breathtaking beach offers quite an experience.

If walking paths and hiking trails are more your speed, be sure to visit Fiscalini Ranch Preserve, or the bluffs and trails at Leffingwell Landing.

Cycling Routes

California’s Central Coast also boasts miles of world-renowned cycling routes for every level of athlete. From the training grounds for cycling’s elite to views that make intermediate rides more enjoyable; it’s safe to say the Central Coast will likely leave you breathless in more than one way. To view routes, duration, attractions, and more, visit cyclecentralcoast.com.

Hiking Trails

  • Washburn Campground Trails

    Fiscalini Ranch Preserve

  • Moonstone Beach Boardwalk
  • Fiscalini Ranch Preserve (North Entrance – Bluff Trail)
  • Santa Rosa Creek Trail
  • Fern Canyon Henry Kluck Memorial Trail
  • Fiscalini Ranch Preserve (Marlborough Entrance)
  • Fiscalini Ranch Preserve (South Entrance)
  • Strawberry Canyon Trail
  • Berry Trail
  • Schoolhouse Lane Trail
  • Burton Drive Trail
  • Fiscalini Ranch Preserve (East Entrance)

To learn more about local hiking trails, click here.

Beaches and Parks

  • Piedras Blancas Light Station
  • Northern Elephant Seal Rookery
  • San Simeon Cove & Pier – William Randolph Hearst State Park

    Leffingwell Landing

  • Coastal Discovery Center
  • Pico Creek Beach Access
  • San Simeon Beach State Park
  • Upper Leffingwell Landing State Park/Access to San Simeon Creek
  • Leffingwell Landing State Park
  • Moonstone Beach – San Simeon Beach State Park
  • Shamel Community Park
  • Nottingham Drive Beach Access
  • Wedgewood Street Beach Access
  • Harvey Street Beach Access
  • Lampton Cliffs State Park

To learn more about local beaches and parks, click here.

Interactive Map

We’ve plotted out a number of outdoor areas of interest for you in the Google Map below. Click on an icon to see more info.


Highway Closures

Highway 1 Closure

If you're heading to the Central Coast, be sure to be mindful of the stretch of Highway 1, 21 miles north of Cambria. Caltrans is busy with a major construction project to make traveling along the stunning Pacific Coast Highway a safer journey.

Highway 1 Storm Repair Along the Big Sur Coast Due to multiple active slides, State Route 1 is now closed between Ragged Pt. (SLO 72.87) and just south of Nepenthe (Mon 44).

Worried about Highway 1 Road Closures? Cambria and Hearst Castle are easily accessible from Highway 46 West from 101 South of Paso Robles or from northbound Highway 1 from the city of San Luis Obispo. Travelers from the north can easily take Highway 101 as an alternate route to Highway 1, which reduces travel time to Cambria by about 25 minutes.

For the latest road closure information visit the Caltrans website.