Orange County is a bustling, urban area. But there is a big equestrian community here as well. Thanks to our city and state park systems, and a few other organizations focused on preservation, we are fortunate to have a number of equestrian trails to explore on horseback.
For FREE equestrian trail locations visit: www.ocgov.com website and search equestrian trails for a listing of riding trails, special events, park hours and park entrance fees near you. Here are some suggestions we found.
Orange County Regional Trails
Regional trails span Orange County from the mountains to the sea, as well as local trails (maintained by OC Parks).
- Aliso Creek Regional Trail
- Badlands Trail
- Bay View Regional Trail
- Hicks Canyon Regional Trail
- Irvine Coast/Shady Canyon Trail
- Niguel Regional Trail
- Peters Canyon Regional Trail
- San Diego Creek Trail
- Santa Ana River Trail
- Sea View Trail
- Serrano Creek Trail
- Anaheim Hills Regional Trail
- Live Oak Canyon Trail
- Thomas A. Fuentes Regional Trial
- OC Parks Regional Trails Map
Aliso Creek Riding & Hiking Trail: This trail is 18.4 miles long with multiple access points
Salt Creek Trail: Five mile trail that Extends from Salt Creek Beach in Dana Point to Laguna Niguel at Chapparosa Community Park and Laguna Niguel Regional Park
San Juan Creek Trail: A six mile trail that extends from Doheny State Beach in Dana Point to Calle Arroyo and Avenida Siega in San Juan Capistrano.
West Irvine Trail: Just under two miles long, this trail extends from Bryan Ave & SR 261 and travels along the wash to Valencia Park. You can connect to Peters Canyon Regional Park trails from here to extend the journey.
Orange County Wilderness & Nature Preserves
Guided or Docent-led trail rides are available at these preserves:
- Pacific Horizon Preserve
- Trabuco Rose Preserve
Coto De Caza
Includes an Open Space Network trail system for horseback riding that leads to 47 miles of equestrian trails through the Coto de Caza and adjacent wilderness areas.
Thomas F. Riley Wilderness Park
Bud Turner Trail
Juanita Cook Trail
Laguna Lake Park
Harriet M. Wieder Regional Park – This location can be accessed from the Huntington Central Park Equestrian Center which offers 150 acres of public trails.
William R. Mason Regional Park
There are approximately 25 miles of riding trails throughout the Nellie Gail Ranch community.
Serrano Creek Park
Crystal Cove State Park
Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve
Santa Ana Heights has community horse trails with limited connectivity.
Orange/Orange Park Acres
Irvine Regional Park
Peter’s Canyon Regional Park
Santiago Oaks Regional Park
Orange Park Acres has community riding trails that lead to Peter’s Canyon, Casper’s Park, Santiago Oaks, and Irvine Park.
Santa Ana River Trail
San Juan Capistrano
Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park
There are city owned horse trails throughout the city that lead to many parks and wilderness areas in Orange County.
Black Star Canyon/Wier Canyon (offers trail riding days)
Lime Stone Canyon (offers trail riding days)
O’Neil Regional Park
Canyon View Equestrian Trails
Small equestrian trails system that leads to Santiago Oaks Park
There are over 100 miles of equestrian trails coordinated into a regional trail system at Carbon Canyon Regional Park. Access via Gun Club Road Linear Park Quarter Horse Staging Area
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Cindy is an OC native fond of PCH road trips to places like Santa Rosa or Carmel. She’s a mother of three spending her free time baking apple pies, cooking green enchiladas, and listening to 80s music. She’s a beach girl at heart and Cancun is her go to paradise.