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A Guide to Morro Bay State Park, California
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A Guide to Morro Bay State Park, California

Visiting Morro Bay State Park? View our guide on everything from where to stay, what to do, RV Campgrounds, and more.

Natasha Kouyoumjian

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October 24, 2022

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In the western end of San Luis Obispo on the central coast of California, Morro Bay awaits. A beautiful place near a natural harbor where the food is delicious, the people are friendly, and the outdoors is even friendlier. Home to exquisite parks, you’ll find Morro Bay State Park in its full fascination anticipating visitors to show them a good time.  

Spanning along the eastern shore of the city, the state park is a natural tourist attraction that gives people a million reasons to visit Morro Bay. With its geographical advantage and trails bound with jaded greenery, Morro Bay State Park is the perfect leisure destination.

Campsites & Rentals

Having a campsite list longer than a history book, Morro Bay State Park is a camp-lovers paradise. With 120 sites fully dedicated to camping (including RV hookups), trailers, and tents, this campground supports you with full amenities and thrilling activities. If you’re an outdoor enthusiast looking to have a memorable time with your close friends, or maybe even go wild in the wilderness, Morro Bay campground has got you covered.

Stargaze through the night while you camp on the soft sands of the Morro Bay beaches.

1. Everything You’ll Need

Whether northern, southern, or central, all roads lead to Rome in Morro Bay State Park campground. The sites are open year-round with amenities such as water and electric hookups, picnic tables, and fire rings with grills; all the niceties make your camping experience a sensational hit. You’ll find everything you’ll need at the tip of your fingers. With ample water piped a few steps away from your campsite be sure to flush when nature calls. 

2. What Says “Camping” Better Than a Jean Jacket?

The only item you’ll be needing from your camping checklist when heading down to this area is a jacket. No matter what time of the year, the skies tend to get foggy at Morro Bay and the air a little chilly, making it the perfect summer getaway to cool off from the hot, piercing sun rays.

3. Troops and Camping Sites

Whether you’re a solo wanderer or traveling in major groups, there are endless evergreen campsites in the heart of Morro Bay State Park keen to accommodate you. Traveling in small groups of nine or fewer you’ll have access to an endless line of camps that have room for you, your RV, and your furry friends. Most grounds welcome RVs and trailers, but you can make a reservation at Morro Bay RV park since they abide by the first come, first served approach. With a flawless setting in hand, all you need to ensure is that you bring a map to check out the entrances to this region.

If you want to enjoy these unique campgrounds with larger groups, Chorro and Osos are two group campsites that can accommodate 9 to 35 and 9 to 25 people, respectively. Camping in Morro Bay promises to be a calm and delightful outdoor experience to relish with friends and family. Leave some room for a skewer of smokey marshmallows at the campfire center and remember to bring your guitar for some soft harmonious camp tunes.

With all of this glory in one setting, Morro Bay state park is often very busy, so reserving beforehand grants you the advantage to choose what suits your trip best.

Exploring the Landmarks

The museum is located on the edge of a cliff, giving it a super ideal view of Morro Bay’s rock (Mike Baird/Wikimedia Commons).

4. Museum of Natural History

Location: 20 State Park Rd, Morro Bay, CA 93442.
Spending a few days on this all-inclusive campsite? Try exploring the surroundings. The museum of natural history is a few steps away, depicting a magnificent view of the famed Morro rock. Gear up for some serious scientific facts regarding geology, tidal forces, erosion, and environmental topics at this educational and informative museum.

5. Morro Bay Harbor and Estuary

Location: Morro Bay State Park
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 46min
Distance: 2.48miles
Elevation: 55.7743 feet
Route type: Loop
Pets: Allowed on leash

If you’re thinking of going hiking in the remarkable Morro Bay State Park, you’ll find an easy route that will loop you around some cool spots in the park. Be prepared to witness a paved trail with nature and wildlife more alive than life itself and activities that will leave you thrilled. For your dazzling getaway on the central coast of California, this trail will tickle your fancy in more ways than one. Popular for birdwatching, trail running, scenic views, and for its family-friendly environment, this trail will leave you coming back for more. Enjoy some of the best sceneries Morro Bay has to offer while you indulge in a – very Californian – beach experience by venturing into some paddle sports.

Find the tranquil vibes you’ve been craving on this simple boardwalk at Morro Bay State Park.

6. Morro Bay Boardwalk

Location: Morro Bay, CA 93442.
Wondering what’s next? We think you might be hungry after the hike in Morro Bay State Park. A stroll along this boardwalk is a perfect way to tap into Morro Bay’s chill vibes. Besides impressing you with its distinctive history and panoramic views, Morro Bay has a good variety of restaurants that stretch along the pier. If you’re struck by hunger, let the flavor aromas guide you and you won’t go wrong. Bustling shopping areas are also available in the city if you run low on any necessities or want to surrender to the city-life feels after camp. You can also check out this area on a relaxing road trip down the coastal highway. Either way, be sure to have your phone ready for some great Insta reels.

Ride the waters of Morro Bay with the pros by your side.

7. Sub Sea Tours and Kayaks

Location: 699 Embarcadero # 9, Morro Bay, CA 93442.
Though located outside Morro Bay State Park, Sub Sea Tours’ adventurous activities make it worth the visit. A scenic drive down the Big Sur coast offers a fair experience from afar and Sub Sea Tours offers private Morro Bay boat rentals to get a true taste of the Big Sur sails. Tour groups of varying sizes allow you to see the Central Coast's beautiful waters from a completely new perspective. During your time in the region, you can also take in the sights of sea lions, sea otters, and harbor seals. Morro bay Kayak rentals are also available if you have time to spare for memorable adventures.

Make the best out of the unforgettable deals at Morro Bay State Park. Have fun exploring the central coast of California, where the Pacific is alive, nature is breathtaking, and the adventures never stop.

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