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“Burcolic environment in the city”

Mission Trails Regional Park
Ranked #86 of 426 things to do in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Just a few minutes from downtown San Diego, Mission Trails Regional park has hiking trails, campgrounds, fishing, picnic facilities, and lots of wide open spaces. Run, bike or walk and enjoy the beautiful and peaceful scenery.
San Diego
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220 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“Burcolic environment in the city”
Reviewed 7 March 2012

Those that developed this location and the center did a great job. It is a place to learn about our local flora and fauna as well as a place to hike, climb and a place to have a moment of quiet contemplation.
If it is your first visit, take time to visit the very impressive interpretive center and then venture into the park.

Visited February 2012
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San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Grab your Mountain Bike”
Reviewed 5 March 2012

RIde Baby Ride!... Wide open spaces, just watch out for rattle snakes, try not to run them over, they were there before you!

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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“amazing "work-out" in the nature”
Reviewed 4 March 2012

On a sunny, but not hot, day early March, we went to Mission Trails Regional Park, because we wanted to escape cities and traffic. Looking on the map we found this park, and the website helped us deciding that this was the place we were looking for. At the visitor information center we got a map with the trails, and were told which trails were easy and which tougher. It was very doable, but hill climbing is quite an exercise for untrained legs. The trails were more or less marked, some were paved, others dirt roads. We had to cross the San Diego river barefeet because the road was flooded, which added to the fun. All in all an unforgettable experience.

Visited March 2012
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San Diego
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131 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Family-friendly, free, entertaining, scenic...”
Reviewed 23 February 2012

We live near this park - it is a family favorite. The Visitor Center off Mission Gorge Road is beautiful. There are numerous hands-on exhibits to be enjoyed by children. The short videos in the auditorium are colorful and informative - natural history of the area and Native Americans who lived here. Often there is artwork on display by local artists. The library is beautiful, full of books, magazines and publications for all ages. I restful place to curl up with a book, floor to ceiling windows with a great view, fireplace. There are numerous hiking trails (maps available) some which are near the river. The Old Mission Dam is a few miles from the visitor center - very scenic spot. Junipera Serra Drive is one way for autos, two way for foot and bike traffic. Keep in mind that the gate to the road closes at 5 pm daily. Rangers and volunteers in the visitor center/gift shop are happy to answer questions.

Visited February 2012
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San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“A hidden gem”
Reviewed 22 February 2012

This is a large park, filled with hiking trails, undeveloped land, and history. It's great to see this large park in the city limits where housing, business, etc has been forbidden. There's hiking, rock climbing, wildlife viewing, etc. For those short on time, they can do the walk from the main entrance to the old dam, perhaps stopping to see some sites used by local Indians in the past. Also, there is a modern visitor's center that does a good job blending into the surrounding environment. The place is great for those that want a taste of being away from the city, but don't wish to travel far.

Visited February 2012
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