Elfin Forest
Recreational Reserve

Mission Statement: Olivenhain Municipal Water District is devoted to the safe operation of the Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve and to providing all visitors with a unique recreational, educational, and environmental experience.

One of San Diego County’s most precious natural resources, Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve offers approximately 11 miles of hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian trails, as well as picnic areas and scenic mountain viewing points. In addition, the natural beauty of the Reserve includes such native plant communities as oak riparian, oak woodland, coastal sage scrub, and chaparral. All wildlife and natural resources at the Reserve are fully protected so that future generations may also enjoy these wonders.

The 784-acre Reserve was developed by OMWD in partnership with the San Diego County Water Authority and the U.S. Department of the Interior – Bureau of Land Management, as an element of the Olivenhain Water Storage Project and the Authority’s Emergency Storage Project. The Reserve first opened in 1992. Owned by the Authority and managed by OMWD, the Reserve has been designed to unify the interests of domestic water supply development, natural resources management, and recreational opportunities.


Park Hours

Open every day except December 25; closed on rainy days or during a red flag warning (high risk of fire); Park opens at 8:00 a.m.; Park closes approximately 30 minutes prior to sunset; actual times are posted at trailhead

Interpretive Center Hours

(Subject to docent availability)

February 23, 2017

  • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Today’s Weather

clear sky
humidity: 100%
wind: 3mph N
H 46 • L 46

Upcoming Events

OMWD’s Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve is always looking for new docents to share their love of the outdoors and help […]

Join writer and artist Donna Walker on the second Sunday of each month at 10:00 a.m. for a free interpretive […]

Explore the world of insects with Reserve docent Bill Burkhardt. Bill’s monthly presentations include an amazing slideshow, microscope viewing, and answers […]

Join us on Thursday, March 16, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. to learn how many species use chemical signals to live their life. […]

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EFRR has re-opened. Be sure to keep a lookout for the lovely waterfalls throughout the reserve created by recent rainfall. ... See MoreSee Less

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Leslie CoyleLeslie Coyle Mike Coyle good thing we didn't try and go yesterday.2 days ago

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Heavy rainfall has forced EFRR to close today. Please call 760-632-4212 for status updates. ... See MoreSee Less

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While most are respectful, some folks like to come into our community and trash our open space with their vehicles. This one went off road near the Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve off a privately-owned road. Got stuck in the brush and bailed. Now, who's going to pay to get it removed? Who will repair the damage? Once located, the owners will likely be charged with trespassing and destruction of private (and possibly public) property. ... See MoreSee Less

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Jacqueline CascioJacqueline Cascio 1 · 1 week ago

Jacqueline CascioJacqueline Cascio Kids. What's the matter with kids today?1 · 1 week ago

Chris TykerChris Tyker Finders keepers2 · 1 week ago

Joshua PicklesJoshua Pickles Probably stolen1 · 1 week ago

Tom KeenanTom Keenan Grrrrrr.get em!1 · 1 week ago

Tony De BellisTony De Bellis No accounting for stupidity1 · 1 week ago

Ray FenclRay Fencl As far as I can remember we always had a lot of one car accidents in Elfin Forest. The drivers would run away and report them the next day after they sobered up. Especially when Questhaven was the "Haunted Road." Kids!4 days ago

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Escondido Creek water flows have subsided enough to provide safe passage to our approximately 11 miles of hiking, mountain bike, and equestrian trails. EFRR is open and ready for visitors! ... See MoreSee Less

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Arly FuentesArly Fuentes Vamos!2 · 2 weeks ago

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EFRR has closed this morning. Rangers will monitor rainfall and Escondido Creek flows and reassess trail safety conditions this afternoon. Status updates are available at 760-632-4212. ... See MoreSee Less

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Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve

8833 Harmony Grove Road
Escondido, CA 92029

Mailing Address
1966 Olivenhain Road
Encinitas, CA 92024


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