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)

May 24, 2017

  • 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Today’s Weather

scattered clouds
humidity: 49%
wind: 7mph W
H 71 • L 52

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 […]

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The TECC Talk this Thursday is all about coyotes. We're changing up the venue for this one. It'll be held at the 4th of July Park at Harmony Grove Village in Escondido. The address is 2815 Starry N...

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This Saturday’s Bill the Bug Guy performance has been canceled, please be sure to join us at 10:00 a.m. on June 10 for Bill’s educational presentation, “The Amazing Insect Kingdom Up Close.” ... See MoreSee Less

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Today is a good day to hike on EFRR’s Way Up Trail, and then relax in the shade by Escondido Creek. You may even want to pack a lunch. ... See MoreSee Less

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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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Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve

8833 Harmony Grove Road
Escondido, CA 92029

Mailing Address
1966 Olivenhain Road
Encinitas, CA 92024


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