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Inland Empire State Parks

Inland Empire State Parks Overview

Inland Empire

California State Parks in the Inland Empire include parks, plant and wildlife reserves, recreation areas, wilderness areas, reservoirs and historic parks & homes. Below you'll find a list of popular CA State Parks and ones we personally recommend from the rolling landscape of Chino Hills to the popular Lake Perris Recreation Area. Camping in California is a popular activity with most Inland Empire campgrounds offering conveniences like RV parks, flush toilets, running water and firewood.

An entry fee is required at almost all California State Parks. It may be beneficial to purchase a yearly California State Park Pass if planning to make multiple visits to CA State Parks. Several discounts are available including passes for Day Use, Veterans, Handicapped, Surfing, Seniors and more.

Inland Empire

Chino Hills State Park is located off Highway 91. It offers 12,000 acres of wilderness on the edge of urban development. Chino Hills is popular with hikers and mountain bikers with trails through rolling hills and oak-shaded creek beds. The vistas offer panoramic views and surprising serenity. Spring and fall are the best seasons for temperature and rolling green hills.

Chino Hills State Park
Chino Hills, California 91709
(951) 780-6222

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California Citrus State Historic Park is located off the 91 freeway at Van Buren. It preserves one of the few remaining citrus groves from when "Citrus was King" in Southern California. In the early 1900's, the region was found to be fertile for citrus growing and orange groves filled the foothills and plains. Today, urban sprawl has decimated the orange groves leaving only a few remaining patches. California Citrus State Historic Park features a visitor center, museum, gift shop, picnic areas and hiking & biking trails. Guided tours include a tasting tour.

California Citrus State Historic Park
9400 Dufferin Avenue
Riverside, CA 92504
(951) 780-6222

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Silverwood Lake State Park is located off Highway 138 near the Interstates 15 and 215 interchange north of San Bernardino. It features campgrounds, hiking trails, swimming beaches, boating, water-skiing and fishing. Silverwood Lake has trout, large-mouth bass, catfish and bluegill. There is a launching ramp at the marina where they also rent boats and equipment. Silverwood Lake has picnic areas, including three that can only be reached by boat. Waterfowl include Canadian Geese and sometimes bald eagles. Camping, picnicking and hiking are other popular activities.

Silverwood Lake State Park
Hesperia, California 92345
(760) 389-2281 or (760) 389-2303

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Indian Mortars in Idyllwild Campground

Mt. San Jacinto State Park is located off Highway 243 south of Interstate 10 in Idyllwild. At 10,804 feet above sea level, Mt. San Jacinto is the second highest peak in Southern California and features pine forests, mountain meadows and granite rock formations. It has two drive-in campgrounds near Idyllwild and hiking-in campgrounds at higher elevations. The Pacific Crest Trail that follows the highest peaks from Canada to Mexico passes through this park. A hiking trail links Idyllwild with the Pacific Crest Trail and the Palm Springs Tram. Mt. San Jacinto features concerts and movie showings during the summer months and has a nature trail leading to Indian grinding rocks. Mt. San Jacinto is one of California's earliest parks and contains old-growth pine trees.

NOTE: See our Cool Towns page for more details on Idyllwild.

Mt. San Jacinto State Park
25905 Highway 243
Idyllwild, California 92549
(951) 659-2607

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Lake Perris State Park is located off Highways 215 or 60 south of Riverside. Activities at Lake Perris include swimming, boating, sailing, water-skiing, biking, camping and fishing from shore, pier or boat.

Lake Perris State Park
17801 Lake Perris Drive
Perris, California 92571

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