Mission Trails Regional Park, San Diego

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Mission Trails Regional Park encompasses over 6,100 acres of both natural and developed recreational acres. Its rugged hills, valleys and open areas represent a San Diego prior to the landing of Cabrillo in San Diego Bay in 1542.

Centrally located and only eight miles northeast of downtown San Diego, Mission Trails Regional Park provides a quick, natural escape from the urban hustle and bustle.

Mission Trails Regional Park has been called the third Jewel in the City of San Diego Park System. Along with Balboa Park and Mission Bay, it provides San Diego residents and visitors a way to explore the cultural, historical, and recreational aspects of San Diego.

Started in 1974, Mission Trails Regional Park has become one of the largest urban parks in the United States. Originally used by the Kumeyaay, the park is the site of the Old Mission Dam, built to store water for the Mission San Diego de Alcala.

With over 40 miles of trails, boating on Lake Murray, camping at Kumeyaay Lake, numerous informative hikes, and a state-of-the-art Visitor & Interpretive Center, Mission Trails Regional Park has something to offer everyone.
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  • We spent an enjoyable late morning/early afternoon here for hiking. We combined a couple of trails together in order to make for a longer hike. I did enjoy most of the hike we did as the scenery was f...  more »
  • We had a great trail run here thanks to the TripAdvisor rating for activities in SD. The free parking is easy and the visitor center very helpful. Lots of great trails for hiking, biking and running. ...  more »
  • If you like hiking, this is a great place. We did the Cowles Mountain Trail which has some easy stretches and some difficult stretches. The views from the top are well worth the trek to the top. Make ...  more »

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