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.

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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 27, 2017

Center is currently closed

Today’s Weather

Escondido
55°
heavy intensity rain
humidity: 100%
wind: 6mph SW
H 55 • L 50

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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Cant wait for it to stop raining. Here is our next day hike. Did it a few years ago, beautiful view of lake once you make it to the top. ... See MoreSee Less

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EFRR is closed today due to rainfall. ... See MoreSee Less

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Andrea MoraAndrea Mora Hiked here on Friday for the first time, simply beautiful! Thank you for maintaining our trails! <31 · 13 hours ago

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Great partners and great volunteers = great trails. Happy to help Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve Olivenhain Municipal Water District #traillove ... See MoreSee Less

OMWD would like to give a huge shout out to San Diego Mountain Biking Association for their trail crew who worked side-by-side with rangers on February 12th to transform the worst sections of EFRR tra...

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Gardner GradyGardner Grady Thank you for the great work. Conditions are the best they've been in 5 years for trail maintenance. If you have an opportunity to get to trail work, please do so.2 · 4 days ago

Adolfo GonzalezAdolfo Gonzalez What!!! You made it too easy now..borrinnnggggg 😂😂. Kidding, kind of 😀4 days ago

XtremesportxXtremesportx Anything about this rocks!4 days ago

Rebecca Bailey DeLongRebecca Bailey DeLong Wow, what a difference!!4 days ago

Arnee CabanoArnee Cabano Balik ta bai Rey Ranoco4 days ago

Mark RohyansMark Rohyans Thank you for all your hard efforts.1 · 4 days ago

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OMWD would like to give a huge shout out to San Diego Mountain Biking Association for their trail crew who worked side-by-side with rangers on February 12th to transform the worst sections of EFRR trails into safe and sustainable trails for the benefit of all visitors. Thank you SDMBA volunteers! ... See MoreSee Less

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Michael J MacareMichael J Macare That guy Nick Buck knows how to get a fine group of people together and KICK ASS!!!!4 · 4 days ago

San Diego Mountain Biking AssociationSan Diego Mountain Biking Association Great partners and great volunteers = great trails #traillove2 · 4 days ago

Brielle Rainney DoulaBrielle Rainney Doula It looks amazing! Thank you for caring for our trails!3 days ago

Jennifer BishopJennifer Bishop Thank you!!4 days ago

Susie MurphySusie Murphy Awesome!4 days ago

Nona BarkerNona Barker This is great.4 days ago

Michael LaptewiczMichael Laptewicz Nick Buck1 · 4 days ago

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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.6 days ago

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Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve

8833 Harmony Grove Road
Escondido, CA 92029

Mailing Address
1966 Olivenhain Road
Encinitas, CA 92024

760-632-4212

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