Huntington Beach residents live for the outdoors, and Surf City USA offers miles of trails for outdoor enthusiasts.
Voted one of the top 10 coastal trails in the United States by Coastal Living Magazine, the paved Ocean Strand runs for 10 miles along the Huntington Beach coastline—perfect for bikers, joggers, walkers, and skaters. Beach concessions along the path rent bicycles by the hour or day. Pedego in downtown Huntington Beach rents electric bikes for those seeking a little extra power. The Ocean Strand also connects to the Santa Ana River Trail for an additional 110 miles of recreation, ending in Big Bear Lake high in the San Bernardino Mountains.
Hit the 1,400-acre Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve for five miles of trails through restored wetlands. Spot more than 200 species of birds and marine life while admiring the stunning ocean view. For those interested in a more relaxing stroll, join one of the free tours given by local environmental organizations.
Huntington Beach Central Park’s 365 acres offer miles of meandering trails and walking paths. The World Trail is a 1.2-mile loop dotted with 18 exercise stations over a 25-acre area. While in Central Park, take a jaunt through the trails and habitats at Shipley Nature Center.
Bring the kids and the pups to Harriett M. Wieder Regional Park, housing playgrounds with spectacular views of the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve. Located off Seapoint Street near Pacific Coast Highway, the 106-acre park is open from 7 a.m. to sunset.
The Urban Forest, north of Ellis Avenue between Goldenwest and Edwards streets, is a passive park featuring California native plants, trees, and flora. This "secret" trail is great for hikers and off-road bicyclists, and even those on horseback from the nearby equestrian center.
Popular trails neighboring Huntington Beach include Crystal Cove State Park and Top of the World in Laguna Beach.