by R. Ang


     Walking can be fun when you know where to go. Love to walk, bike, or play in nature but not hike in forests? Urban trails are groomed and tamed bits of nature within city and suburban locales. The trails are pet-friendly and ideal for introducing children to a controlled natural setting. They can be attached to a park or an area for picnicking. Depending on the location, the trails could run from one acre to several acres. They are great places for an urbanite to renew body, mind and soul.   


     Orange County offers some beautiful urban trails for the discerning walking and biking enthusiast. There are many trails in different towns and cities within the county. They range from inland to the Pacific Ocean. Each one has its own distinct characteristics and style. This article will cover four trails from Fullerton to the cliffs of South Laguna, all in beautiful Orange County, California.


     The Fullerton Arboretum is a 26-acre refuge with approximately 4000 eye-catching varieties of plants, ponds, and streams. It’s stroller-friendly and great for children. It’s located on the campus of California State University, Fullerton, just west of the 57 Freeway; its address is 1900 N. Associated Rd., Fullerton, CA 92831, and the phone number’s (657) 278-3407. Its hours of business are 8:30am to 4:30pm, and there’s a $5 suggested donation for an entrance fee.


     Floral Park in Santa Ana is a historical neighborhood with wide tree-lined streets and beautiful cottages and mansions from multiple eras in a variety of styles. The walk begins on 19th Street and Victoria Drive and meanders a circuit that ranges from 2.3 miles or less. The neighborhood offers an annual home and garden tour in April. Check the neighborhood association’s website: floralpark.com for more details.


     The Oso Creek Trail is a 2 to 3 mile asphalt trail alongside the Oso Creek. It has a 3-foot hedge maze that’s ideal for young children with a less-developed mile-long spur trail along the creek. The trail contains mosaic-tile artwork and benches amidst beautiful flora and fauna. It’s located in Mission Viejo, CA starting at the Thomas R. Potocki Conference Center, 27301 La Paz Rd, Mission Viejo 92692.


     Aliso Peak is not recommended for the moderate walker; it can be tough for people with knee problems. It ranges from Laguna Niguel to South Laguna in a moderately difficult, two mile one-way trail with a tough uphill climb on the return trip. From start to finish, you will see gorgeous vistas of the Aliso Canyon and Laguna Beach as well as rare flora and fauna that are native to the area that make this trail worth the hike. The start of the trail begins in Seaview Park, 22801 Talavera Drive, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677.


     Whether you are visiting for the first time or are a resident of Orange County, these wonderful urban trails will fulfill the need to see beautiful scenery with fun for every member of your family. There are more urban trails within Orange County to be discovered. For more trails, visit Orange County Parks at ocparks.com/parks/trails.

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09 Sep 2015

By Eva Simitako