Mission Trails Regional Park, San Diego

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#26 of 43 in Parks in San Diego
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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  • June 30, 2017
    I've been on the easy trails and the hard trails and they all have their beauty. Some trails have water: lakes, streams, creeks, ponds, etc. Lots of wildlife if you go at dusk or dawn. Can be overwhel...  more »
  • June 25, 2017
    This is an amazing place. I am from the green Appalachian Mountains but they are dwarfed by these. The tour through shows the beauty of this area. Many hiking trails with a five peak challenge set up....  more »
  • May 31, 2017
    We hiked, we climbed, we caught one snake and heard another. The paths range from easy to seriously challenging, so a map, a good pair of shoes, and some pre-planning are completely necessary.  more »

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