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)

April 24, 2017

Center is currently closed

Today’s Weather

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humidity: 68%
wind: 14mph WSW
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Upcoming Events

Join us on Saturday, April 22, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Reserve to help celebrate Earth Day […]

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 […]

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Earth Day, April 22, is being celebrated at EFRR as part of I Love A Clean San Diego’s Creek to Bay Cleanup, a county-wide event taking place at over 100 locations. Last year’s Creek to Bay Cleanup removed 150,000 pounds of litter, trash, and debris from our environment. EFRR’s cleanup will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., and will be immediately followed by a presentation from the San Diego Zoo featuring “Dr. Zoolittle” and animal ambassadors. If you are interested in volunteering at this year’s event at EFRR, please register online at www.creektobay.org. We hope to see you here! ... See MoreSee Less

Volunteering on Saturday for our 15th Annual Creek to Bay Cleanup? Enter our Sony Photo Contest! All you need to do is volunteer, take some photos of your experience, and share your best photo with us...

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Do you know that wild turkeys thrive in the backcountry of San Diego’s North County? EFRR visitors may encounter a hen or gobbler within the reserve, searching for nuts, seeds, or insects. ... See MoreSee Less

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Survivorman - The Lost Ways, Martin Chiquiyo Diaz and 22 others like this.

Sherri SullivanSherri Sullivan Please hunt and eat them, the turkeys are non-native to San Diego County and the population boomed after an ill-thought out approval of a plan by the wild turkey federation to provide game birds for hunting.3 weeks ago

Amanda Norris AndersonAmanda Norris Anderson Alicia Beverley I didn't know wild turkeys can be found in Elfin. We need to go back. Such a beautiful place.1 · 3 weeks ago

Matt NicolasMatt Nicolas That running turkey is not wild. Defiantly a domestic bird looking for home!1 · 2 weeks ago

Nona BarkerNona Barker I am not sure they are a good thing for EF. Not native.3 weeks ago

Survivorman - The Lost WaysSurvivorman - The Lost Ways anyone like as much as me2 weeks ago

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Many species of plants and animals call EFRR home, including this bobcat. This is just one reason why it is important for visitors to leave when the sun goes down, as EFRR’s nocturnal residents need time to roam freely. ... See MoreSee Less

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Norma Garralda Gaertner, Jason Baum and 23 others like this.

Amanda Norris AndersonAmanda Norris Anderson Alicia Armstrong it's this where we are going to hike?1 · 4 weeks ago

Cherry BarberCherry Barber Beautiful cat, but heed the above warning.4 weeks ago

Oscar CedilloOscar Cedillo So Cool!😎4 weeks ago

Mindy ScoulerMindy Scouler Amazing!4 weeks ago

Marina VialtsinaMarina Vialtsina Vladimir Vialtsin, у нас в Escondido, на hike4 weeks ago

Blanca AhumadaBlanca Ahumada Emanuel P. Navarro 😵😵😵1 · 4 weeks ago

Charlotte NashCharlotte Nash Julia Allen1 · 4 weeks ago

Erica Rita C MendivilErica Rita C Mendivil Conchita Reyes Jimenez1 · 4 weeks ago

Kimberly BurnsKimberly Burns Sandy Brinley4 weeks ago

Sam HafezSam Hafez Samantha4 weeks ago

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Thank you all for your patience during the recent EFRR closures as a result of record-setting rainfall. Rangers worked very hard to address all major erosion, drainage, and access issues, making EFRR trails safe for all users. ... 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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