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Orange County State Parks

Orange County State Parks Overview

Orange County

California State Parks in Orange County include several state beaches. Below you'll find a list of popular CA State Parks and ones we personally recommend from the fire pits at Huntington Beach to the scenic bluffs of San Clemente. Camping in California is a popular activity with most Orange County campgrounds offering tent camping, RV parks and conveniences like 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.

Orange County

Huntington Beach Pier

Bolsa Chica State Beach is located off PCH (Highway 1 - Pacific Coast Highway) in North Huntington Beach. It features wide sandy beaches popular with sunbathers. Bolsa Chica extends three miles from Seal Beach to the Huntington Beach Pier. Bolsa Chica is connected to Huntington to the south by a cement bike path. Wildlife and bird watching are popular activities across the street from the sand at the 1,000-acre Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve. Activities at Bolsa Chica include surfing, swimming, sunbathing, skating, biking and bird watching. Camping is available for RVs only.
NOTE: Check out Corky Carrol's Surf School for some surfing lessons.

Bolsa Chica State Beach
Huntington Beach, California 92648
(714) 846-3460

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Huntington State Beach is located off PCH (Highway 1 - Pacific Coast Highway) in South Huntington Beach. It features huge sandy beaches, a pier, cement bike path and fire pits. Nighttime bonfire parties are popular when Huntington closes at 10pm in the summer. Public restrooms, concession stands and bike rentals can be found along the bike path. Activities at Huntington include surfing, biking, sunbathing, skating, fishing and fire pit parties. Camping is available for RVs only.
NOTE: Check out Corky Carrol's Surf School for some surfing lessons.

WARNING: The southern portion of Huntington is notorious for having high bacteria levels. Be sure to check with Heal the Bay for recent test results.

Huntington State Beach
Huntington Beach, California 92645
(714) 536-1454

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Corona Del Mar State Beach is located off PCH (Highway 1 - Pacific Coast Highway) at the southern end of Newport Beach. The Corona Del Mar community consists of the highest priced homes in the county that range from quaint seaside cottages to modern mansions. Corona Del Mar is a wide sandy beach that is short in length. A more secluded cove is situated at the north end of the sand and is accessible by climbing over a rocky ledge. The reward is a small sandy cove within the protected waters of the harbor with several small sea caves. Amenities at Corona Del Mar include restrooms, concession stands, volleyball courts and fire pits. Activities include swimming, sunbathing and snorkeling.

Corona Del Mar State Beach
Iris Avenue and Ocean Boulevard
Newport Beach, California 92648
(949) 644-3151

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Crystal Cove

Crystal Cove State Beach is located off PCH (Highway 1 - Pacific Coast Highway) between Corona del Mar and Laguna Beach. Crystal Cove & Moro Canyon offer three and a half miles of beaches and 2,000 acres of undeveloped woodland. Crystal Cove features large sandy beaches, an historic seaside community, a bike trail on the bluffs and tide pools. A great snow cone & smoothie shop is located along the oceanfront bike path where it meets PCH. Activities at Crystal Cove include swimming, sun bathing, snorkeling, surfing, biking and walking.
On the eastern side of PCH is Moro Canyon State Park, which features thousands of acres of hiking and mountain biking trails. Choose from hike or bike-in primitive camping or a developed campground with full ocean views.

Crystal Cove State Beach
Laguna Beach, California 92651
(949) 494-3539
(949) 492-0802

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Doheny State Beach

Doheny State Beach is located in the Dana Point Harbor off Interstate 5 and PCH (Highway 1 - Pacific Coast Highway). This was California's first State Beach. Camping is at the southern portion and a day use area is at the northern portion. The day use area features a five-acre lawn with picnic facilities and volleyball courts, public restrooms and concession stand. Surfing is popular, but is restricted to the north end of Doheny. Dana Point Harbor offers fishing & whale watching charters, boat & kayak rentals, restaurants, shops and an aquarium. Doheny is a good option for camping on the beach.

WARNING: The ocean at the mouth of San Juan Creek is notorious for having high bacteria levels. Be sure to check with Heal the Bay for recent test results.

Doheny State Beach
25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive
Dana Point, California 92629
(949) 496-6172

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San Clemente State Beach is located off Interstate 5 in San Clemente. San Clemente features a one-mile narrow sand beach and bluffs overlooking the ocean. Train trestles used by Amtrak separate the bluffs from the sand. Covered picnic areas are on the bluffs. Trails lead down to the sand, which is popular for surfing, swimming, and sunbathing. Camping, picnicking and hiking are popular activities on the bluffs. San Clemente is a good choice for camping at the beach.

San Clemente State Beach
San Clemente, California 92672
(949) 492-3156

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