It’s a great time of year to get outside, and going for a run or a hike are some of the healthiest ways to do that! Luckily, when you live in the heart of Irvine, California, there are plenty of beautiful trails to explore. Whether you’re looking for a nice path that’s close to home, a trail where you can combine exercising and birdwatching, or something with a little elevation and a beautiful view – there’s a trail for everyone in Orange County. Read on to learn about our top three picks in the area for some outdoor exercise.
Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve
The Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve is an expansive wilderness park with stunning views of Newport Bay. On your run through this hiking trail, you’re likely to see some stunning California wildlife, including nearly 200 species of birds, marine life and maybe even a Bobcat! Be sure to take a breather and enjoy the views when you stretch your legs in this park. The Upper Newport Bay Nature Preserve is great for runners who want to choose their own adventure – take a short jaunt or enjoy the entire 10 mile trail. We’re not surprised this trail ranks as the 10th best thing to do in Newport Beach on Tripadvisor! It’s definitely one of our personal favorite parks in Irvine.
San Diego Creek Trail
The San Diego Creek Trail is a great option when you want to run on trails near home! You can pick the trail up just 10 minutes from Main Street Village. According to All Trails, you can even bring your furry pal along for a run, as long as you keep them on a leash. That’s right, if you want, your runs are now dog friendly! San Diego Creek Trail is also a great biking trail when you want to feel the wind in your hair. With over 14 miles of trail through the city of Irvine to explore, it’s no wonder this neighborhood gem earned 5/5 stars on Trail Creek!
French Hill is a great option if you want a run with panoramic views of Irvine! This 4 mile climb makes for a great leg workout, and the view at the top is worth the effort. Between the wildflowers and the wonderful views, French Hill is a neighborhood gem that has garnered 4/5 stars on All Trails
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Wherever you choose to stretch your legs near Irvine, hitting the trails in Orange County is sure to be enjoyable! And when you’re all tuckered out, you can return to your luxury home at Main Street Village. Enjoy a relaxing shower and rest up in your spacious bedroom, all in the heart of Orange County’s vibrant downtown business and entertainment mecca.