Updated March 24, 2023

Year-round warm weather makes it easy to enjoy the beachesparks and ecological reserve in Huntington Beach any time. The next time you're looking for an outdoorsy getaway in Surf City USA, head to one of the spots listed below. Don’t forget your hiking shoes!

1. Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve

There are 5 miles of public hiking trails at the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, which include many scenic overlooks along the way. The reserve covers roughly 1,300 acres of land, and there are 30,000 people who visit each year. With 321 species of birds spotted in the past decade, it’s an ideal spot for hikers and bird watchers alike. You’ll see various habitats throughout the reserve, including open water, mudflats, salt marsh, coastal dunes, seabird nesting islands, riparian, and freshwater marsh. 

There are three parking areas to access the trails at the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve. See below. 

The Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve Parking Area

The Bolsa Chica Conservancy Parking Area

Brightwater Trailhead Parking Area

2. Huntington Central Park 

Huntington Central Park is the largest park in Orange County! It was designed to be an oasis in the center of the city with walking trails through butterfly and hummingbird gardens, redwood trees, meadows, and a freshwater wetland. You can also stop by the Park Bench Cafe or Kathy May's Lakeview Cafe for breakfast before you get started on your adventure. 


Huntington Beach Central Park Map

3. Huntington Beach Boardwalk 

Located along the beaches of Huntington Beach, the Huntington Beach boardwalk is a 10-mile paved trail along the coast of Surf City USA. Walk through Sunset Beach, Bolsa Chica State Beach, Huntington Dog Beach, Huntington City Beach, and Huntington State Beach. You can also stop to take a stroll along the Huntington Beach Pier


Huntington Beach Pier in Surf City USA