On one side is a breathtaking oceanside view, while on the other side lies rolling hills amid everlasting pines and roads that favor cyclists. Cambria gives the best of both experiences plus staple food and wine options, historic architecture, and a bicycle-friendly community that hosts the world-renown Eroica California event. Here are five roads to ride to give you the full flavor of the Central Coast.
Moonstone Beach Drive
One of the most iconic experiences of Cambria is Moonstone Beach and Boardwalk. While riding isn’t allowed on either, you can ride along Moonstone Beach Drive. This leisurely 2-mile road starts and stops at Highway 1, taking you along a coastline where you will pass by some of the most unique and welcoming lodging you’ll ever experience.
Highway 1 passes through Cambria, acting as the main avenue for many of our oceanside routes. You can head north to San Simeon and beyond if you want the challenge of inclines. Follow our Gorda Route, Montaña de Oro Route, and Highway 1 Adventure Route for guided rides. Head south on Highway 1 past the charming town of Harmony to reach a stretch of smooth coastal riding through the towns of Cayucos, Morro Bay, and Avila Beach. Our Beach to Beach Route, Avila Beach Route, and Eroica routes will show you the way.
Fiscalini Ranch Preserve
Cycling through Fiscalini Ranch is a rediscovery of nature. One of Cambria’s hidden gems, this stretch of fields and oceanside bluffs features eight trail entrances that guide you through 437 acres of protected forests. The Preserve is flush with wildflowers during the spring, while wildlife is abundant along the shoreline. Ride through the interconnected trails and craft your route! Then, park your bicycle and take a walk along the Bluff Trail.
Santa Rosa Creek Road
This challenging road is a favorite of local cyclists. The two-lane road starts at Main Street and Santa Rosa Creek, winding and climbing more than 1,500 feet until you reach Highway 46. Your hard work is rewarded with views of the hills and vineyards in the breaks from the forested area. The trees form canopies over the street at different points, giving you intermittent shade so you can focus on the road.
You can either follow our Santa Rosa Creek Route for a light ride, the Green Valley Loop to come back on a Highway 46 downhill, or the Cayucos Loop to continue past Highway 46 on Old Creek Road for a 25-mile inland stretch to Cayucos before coming back to Cambria on Highway 1.
Cambria Pines Road
You’ll come to understand why Cambria is known as where the pines meet the sea after taking a ride on Cambria Pines Road, which will take you on a route north of Cambria. This road connects with some off-road paths that connect to the southern end of Hearst San Simeon State Park or to trails that lead to Scott Rock and back to Main Street. But if you’d rather stay on the road, you can connect to Buckley Drive and Charing Lane back to Main Street. This forested area could have fooled you into thinking the beach is far away—it’s just a different experience!