Taxes in California are high; however, there is an advantage to paying large tax bills: the Orange County Parks and Recreation department puts on fantastic outdoor activities for free or very low cost ($5.00 and under!). Most Thursdays at 8:30 there is a Fitness Hike departing one of the OC Parks or Open Spaces. These hikes are generally 3-7 miles in length and on strenuous terrain. For beginning hikers, check out the beginner or advanced fitness hikes every other Tuesday.
Looking for something a little more tame? Or are you excited about getting the kiddos out with you? Opt for the more relaxed Nature Walk at O’Neil Regional Park or the 5 Senses of Nature Park at Carbon Canyon – both occurring most Saturdays (the 5 Senses walk is held twice every Saturday, at 9:30 and 1:00. The 5 Senses Hike features Redwoods (yep, we have Redwoods in SoCal).
Looking to wind down in nature at the end of a long day? Make time for the Ranger-hosted campfire program at O’Neil Regional Park or Ronald W. Caspers Regional Park.
As my family and I try these out over the next few weeks, I will update with reviews and pictures. For a full schedule of outdoor activities visit the OC Parks website here: