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Guide to Visiting the Oak Canyon Nature Center in Anaheim

Oak Canyon Nature Center in Anaheim

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During our five-day celebration at the Disneyland Resort, we wanted to take our kids somewhere where they could run off some of their energy and decompress from all the excitement. We got up one morning and jumped into the car where we took the kids on a short drive to the Oak Canyon Nature Center in Anaheim.

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When we arrived at the nature center, I realized what a true hidden gem this center is in the heart of the Anaheim Hills. There is a nature center where children can learn about nature, multiple hiking trails, and educational learning centers. Our family could have spent the entire day exploring the trails and surprises we found along the way.

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Interpretive Center
We started our visit at the interpretive center where the children were given a map, learning guide and talked with the park rangers about what to see when exploring the trails. There were animals, books, puppets and everything families could ever want to find at a nature center.

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Roadrunner Ridge
Once we were done at the center, we took a hike along Roadrunner Ridge. This hiking trail was the perfect level for younger children, However, the trail is narrow. Along the trail, there are multiple benches where families can stop to admire the views while looking for the multiple birds flying around the canyon.

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Caves
While walking along Roadrunner Ridge, we came upon beautiful caves on the side of the mountain that had formed from erosion. It opened up a lot of conversation with our children about how the caves were formed making it a great educational opportunity.

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Stream Trail
1/2 way along Roadrunner Ridge, there is a fork in the trail where families can continue to a higher elevation or come down the trail on the side of the hill to finish the hike along the Stream Trail. Once we reached the Stream Trail, it was one of the most beautiful trails I have walked along with my children. It was lush, tropical, and we felt like we were walking on a trail in Hawaii while admiring the multiple waterfalls.

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Oldest Oak Tree
While making our way back to the nature center on the Stream Trail we came across the Oldest Oak Tree in Orange County. It was massive, and our children admired all of its beauty.

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Mining Exhibit
Another surprise along the hiking trail was the mining exhibit that our children stumbled upon. The exhibit was set-up with educational signs where our children could learn about the mining history in the area.

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Butterfly Garden
Before ending our time at the Oak Canyon Nature Center, we stopped to look for butterflies in the butterfly garden. Our children frolicked around the garden with their eyes opened wide hoping to spot a majestic butterfly.

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The Oak Canyon Nature Center is recommended for children and adults of all ages. There is plenty of parking in a separate parking lot (free parking) and nice (clean) bathrooms. It is located at 600 E. Walnut Canyon Road, Anaheim, CA 92807. The center and trails are open daily from sunrise to sunset and Saturday from 10am to 4pm.

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One Comment

  1. Was,hard to find…street address is wrong on this site but fun once we found it.

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