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Outdoors Recreation

Irvine Parks & Nature Trails

Irvine has 16,500 acres of dedicated open space, making it one of the greenest cities in America. Discover stunning preserved natural habitats and wildlands with miles of hiking and biking trails and picturesque vistas to enjoy year round. Cyclists will be happy to learn Irvine features over 301 miles of on-road cycling lanes and 63 miles of off-road bike trails.

Deerfield Community Park

55 Deerwood West, Irvine, CA 92614

A beautiful 10-acre park featuring volleyball, tennis and racquetball courts, disc or Frisbee golf, bike trails and play areas.

Irvine Heritage Park

14301 Yale Ave., Irvine, CA 92604

This quaint park has children play areas, an amphitheater, a lake, lighted soccer fields, lighted tennis courts, basketball, volleyball, racquetball course and barbecues and picnic tables.

Irvine Ranch Historic Park

13042 Old Myford Rd., Irvine, CA 92614

Irvine Ranch Historic Park is a 16.5 acre special use park that retains 24 original ranch structures that represent the proud agricultural history of Orange County and, specifically, the Irvine Ranch. It was once one of the world’s greatest producers of Valencia oranges, and a leader in dry farming and livestock.

Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks

4727 Portola Parkway, Irvine, CA 92620

Nearly 40,000 acres of open space on the historic Irvine Ranch have been designated a Natural Landmark by both the State of California and the U.S. Department of the Interior. The Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks encompasses acres of beautiful natural habitat, and miles of hiking and biking trails.

Mountains to Sea Trail

Orange County, CA

Mountains to Sea Trail is a 6.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Irvine, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and bird watching.

Orchard Hill

4727 Portola Pkwy., Irvine, CA 92620

This three-mile, multi-use trail features a double loop and skirts the edge of a working avocado orchard. The larger 3-mile outer loop is relatively strenuous, with a substantial elevation gain over a short distance in certain sections.

Quail Hill

34 Shady Canyon Dr, Irvine, CA 92603

The 2.8-acre Quail Hill Trailhead provides a great location to connect to southern Irvine’s extensive trail network. The trailhead is located at the end of Sand Canyon Road and marks the beginning of the Quail Hill Loop Trail, an easy two-mile natural surface trail at the foot of Quail Hill that is open to the public from dawn to dusk.

San Joaquin Wildlife Marsh & Sanctuary

5 Riparian View, Irvine, CA 92612

San Joaquin Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary are comprised of more than 300 acres of restored coastal freshwater wetlands. Twelve miles of trails serve as an oasis for walkers, joggers, and birdwatchers as well as a living laboratory for students, teachers, and the public. The sanctuary is home to 100 different species of birds.

Shady Canyon

34 Shady Canyon Drive, Irvine, CA 92603

Walking Shady Canyon is the perfect place to forget suburban life. Accessible through guided activities or on Wilderness Access Days, the trails of Shady Canyon are well maintained and filled with great views, fantastic geological formations and quiet valley meadows.

Turtle Rock Nature Center

1 Sunnyhill Dr, Irvine, CA 92603

The Turtle Rock Nature Center is located at the base of the San Joaquin Hills and serves as a community resource for environmental interest and concern. The 5-acre nature preserve is both a home for wildlife and an outdoor classroom where visitors and program participants learn to protect our natural environment.

Irvine Illustrations Biker


Irvine boasts a warm Mediterranean climate with an annual high average temperature of 72.7°F – allowing golfers to enjoy the courses year-round. Irvine’s golf courses are designed by award-winning golf architects complemented with stunning views, as well as restaurants with appetizing fare.

Oak Creek Golf Club

1 Golf Club Dr., Irvine, CA 92618

This championship, 18-hole masterpiece designed by Tom Fazio features eucalyptus trees, meandering creeks, and soft rolling hills. It comes in at 6,850 yards and is a Par-71.

Rancho San Joquin Golf Course

1 Ethel Coplen Way, Irvine, CA 92612

Rancho San Joaquin is set along a coastal inlet with three different lakes as a backdrop and is home to some of South Orange County’s finest and most challenging greens. The course was designed by William Francis Bell.

Strawberry Farms Golf Club

11 Strawberry Farm Rd., Irvine, CA 92612

This course combines the rural beauty and tranquility of the surrounding area with the challenges of true championship golf. Nestled in the canyons of Irvine, a unique and beautiful location for any event, the par-71, 6,700-yard course is set amid canyons and wetlands. The 18-hole course offers picturesque vistas across the 35- acre reservoir and rolling greens surrounded by natural wildlife.

Tustin Ranch Golf Club

12442 Tustin Ranch Rd., Tustin, CA 92782

One of Orange County’s premiere public courses, this 18-hole course designed by Ted Robinson is consistently voted one of the best courses in Orange County by readers of the Orange County Register. A public course that offers private caddies.