Location: San Juan Capistrano: 33401 Ortega Highway
Hours: 7 a.m. to sunset
Cost: Parking in the county lot is $3 per vehicle for day use, $5 on weekends and $7 on holidays.
For ages: All
As Orange County’s largest park, this 7,600-acre protected wilderness preserve is characterized by wide, fertile valleys of Coastal Live Oak and California Sycamores, accented with seasonal wildflower displays and running streams.
It’s a terrific place for horseback riding. Camping, too, is popular here, and there’s even an equestrian campground. Wildlife is abundant and can be viewed from any of the park’s numerous hiking, mountain biking and equestrian trails.
FUN FACT: Did you know Ronald Caspers is OC’s largest park? It’s more than 7,000 acres!
There is a visitor center near the park entrance that offers insight into the park’s history, wildlife and plant life. Films are shown in the center at scheduled times on weekends.
Ranger-guided walks are offered at scheduled times on weekends, as well. The park has astronomy programs, telescope observations, and a campfire program all for nominal fees. Call or check the web site below for details on programs.
Where to park: Parking is plentiful in the county lot.
What to bring: Bottled water, sunscreen, hats. Best to wear long pants and tennis shoes for hiking.
Best time to go: Any time, but spring will bring you the coolest weather for hiking.
For more information: 949-728-0235 or Orange County Parks website
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