Orange County California Parks
The Arroyo Trabuco addition to O'Neill Regional Park is 935 acres of relatively pristine land. Presently maintained as a wilderness preserve, the Arroyo Trabuco is exemplary as a natural area where the rancho days are not far gone and where Golden Eagles, Mule Deer and Mountain Lions still exist.
With its wild and rugged canyon terrain and full selection of recreational activities, including hiking and equestrian trails, this park seems miles away from civilization.
An excellent choice for a picnic, fishing or a game of tennis. Be sure to visit the interpretive center where fossils of prehistoric plants and animals, which once inhabited Orange County, are on exhibit.
Conveniently located near the 57 Freeway, but isolated from the outside world, this haven of rolling green slopes, beautiful trees and sparkling water is an island of tranquility where least expected.
Surrounded by the serenity of Santa Ana Canyon, this park’s camping sites for families and youth groups offer an attractive weekend trip or mini-vacation alternative.
Located in the scenic foothills of East Orange County, California’s oldest County park (donated by James Irvine in 1897) has a rustic, early Californian atmosphere and offers such unique features as the Orange County Zoo and Irvine Park Railroad. It’s also an ideal setting for observing wildlife, visible along the nature trail and on the surrounding hillsides.
Discover suburban recreation at its best, with a wide selection of outdoor activities, including tennis, volleyball, jogging and bicycling in a spacious, well-landscaped setting. Also enjoy fishing and boating on the park’s 44-acre lake.
Situated near the UCI campus and Irvine business district, hundreds of acres of protected land serve as a natural reserve dedicated to habitat enhancement. Many native animal species inhabit the area, while the lake and lush shade trees provide visitors with a refreshing change of pace.
This park, with its “mile square” expanse of green fields, offers a welcome retreat from the hustle and bustle of life in Orange County. Stretch out and relax, or for those in search of activity, take advantage of the excellent sports facilities, including three 18-hole golf courses.
Located in Majestic Trabuco Canyon, this expansive park offers a unique spot for both day use and camping. Life’s hectic pace slows noticeably when you enter the tree-shaded grounds. The feeling is remote, rural, relaxing.
The zoo specializes in animals and plants from the southwestern United States. Participating in a variety of conservation efforts, the zoo provides a permanent home to many animals that are not releasable to the wild.
Nestled in the peaceful hills behind Orange, this park is a unique blend of native vegetation and scenic trails for outdoor recreation and nature lovers. Lush groves of willows and black cottonwoods intertwine with a rambling creek and encase a beautiful 50-acre lake. The park also offers a variety of trails, which are perfect for hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians.
This secluded refuge offers the natural charm of mountain vistas, an orange grove, native oak trees and a creek. Here hikers, naturalists and equestrians can enjoy the scenery as well as interpretive programs at the visitor center.
Phase 1A of Harriett M. Wieder Park is a four-acre site of the future planned 106-acre regional park. Wieder Park includes a 24-car parking lot, open turf area for picnicking, decomposed granite pathways, toddler and youth playground equipment, picnic area, native plants, trails, and a scenic viewpoint.
Framed by the rolling hills of rural Yorba Linda, set at the base of Anaheim Hills and adjacent to the varied wildlife of the Santa Ana River, this pleasant park is the perfect urban get-away. Recreational facilities support parties and social gatherings, softball games and bike riding.